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FAUSAK, Robert

Male 1896 - 1980  (84 years)


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  • Name FAUSAK, Robert  
    Born 09 Mar 1896  Janowko, Ciechanow, Mazowieckie, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 20 Apr 1929  Halifax NS Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrival on SS Stuttgart 
    Occupation farmer 
    Reference Number 28 
    Residence Evansburg AB Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 930E6B2B2E6B4047BD708D2D597F833AD313 
    Died 10 Jul 1980  Park Court, AB Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Park Court United Church Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Robert and Olga were living in the Bledowo or Mogowo area of Russian Poland in 1919; their son Edward's birth is recorded in the Nasielsk parish registry (LDS 1,197,635). Their next son Alfred, however, was born in Muschaken, East Prussia in 1923 (LDS 1,194,110; index only - no birth registration). Apparently, the family (perhaps including their mother, the widowed Louisa Fausak) moved to Prussia after the first WW.

      Robert emigrated to Canada with brother Albert; sailed on same ship (SS Stuttgart) from Bremen on 11 April 1929 arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 20 April 1929. Robert lived in the vicinity of Neidenburg, Germany with his wife Olga and three sons before emigrating to Canada.

      They settled first in Bruderheim, Canada, and then moved (along with brother Albert and family) to Entwistle (near Edmonton) in late 1929.

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      (following from tape recorded in 1978 and printed in an Evansburg town history sometime after 1980)

      In the spring of 1929, Robert Fausak with his wife Olga and three sons, Edward, Alfred and Kurt, came to Canada from Neidenburg, Germany. They first went to Bruderheim, near the man who had convinced them glowing tales of quick wealth to come to Canada. They rented a house which had been empty for some time and had been taken over by gophers and squirrels, and bought a stove and acquired some furniture. One Sunday morning the house burned to the ground and they were able to save very little of their possesions. They moved into another house which was no better than the first.

      Robert heard that there were homesteads available in the Rocky Rapids area so he and another German man decided to look into it. They came to Entwistle, and thought they would look up Mr. Grapentins and Mr. Schimmelpfennig, whom they had known in Germany. This was late July 1929.

      Mr. Graptentins informed them that Mr. Dollman wanted to sell out. They went to see him and Robert made a deal to buy this land (N.E. 33-54-7-W5), machinery and livestock for $3,800. As they had sold a farm in Germany before coming to Canada, they had brought part of the money with them and could buy a farm rather than take a raw homestead, and thus start full scale farming right away. In August 1929, both Fausak families moved from Bruderheim.

      Times were still fairly good when they came but the Depression followed shortly, as it took longer for the business crash to reach the backwoods of Park Court. In 1931, Robert and Albert rented the John Smith quarter, which had forty acres for crop. He paid $120 in rent. On this rented land they threshed 1,200 bushels of wheat and made 40 loads of hay. Added to the crop on the home quarter they had over 3,000 bushels of wheat. They loaded 1,600 bushels on a car and received only 18 cents a bushel for number 2 wheat. The threshing had cost 8 cents a bushel and the team $3.00 a day besides field pitchers, so it was not a profitable venture.

      In August 1936 a tragic drowning took the life of their 17 year old son Edward, along with two of his closest friends, Helmut Grapentin and Carl Horz. The funeral was held in the recently built Park Court Hall, with kind neighbors helping in the arrangements. Robert had been instrumental in building the hall, little thinking it would serve this purpose.

      In 1958, Robert and Olga sold their farm to Mr. and Mrs Dave Enge and moved into Evansburg. Here Olga was very active with the United Church Women as well as entertaining her family and friends.

      Robert passed away in 1980; he was cremated and his ashes were scattered on his brother Edwards grave. Olga was a resident of the Sunshine Lodge in Evansburg after 1975.
    Person ID I28  Fausack
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2018 

    Father FAUSAK, Ludwig,   b. 23 Jan 1848, Bledowo, Plonsk, Warsaw, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Oct 1924, Muschaken, East Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother HEIN, Louisa,   b. Abt 1861,   d. Feb 1942, Muschaken, East Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 28 Oct 1885  Konary, Pultusk, Warszawa, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family TEISE, Olga,   b. 06 Mar 1895, Dabrowo, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1989, Drayton Valley AB Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1918 
    Children 
     1. FAUSAK, Edward,   b. 28 Jun 1919, Janowko, Ciechanow, Mazowieckie, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Aug 1936, Evansburg AB Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
     2. FAUSAK, Alfred Leonard,   b. 17 Oct 1923, Gniadtken (Grenzhof), East Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 2013, Evansburg AB Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. FAUSAK, Kurt Carl,   b. 11 Sep 1925, Gniadtken (Grenzhof), East Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Apr 1998, Evansburg AB Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2002 
    Family ID F23  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 09 Mar 1896 - Janowko, Ciechanow, Mazowieckie, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Arrival on SS Stuttgart - 20 Apr 1929 - Halifax NS Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Evansburg AB Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jul 1980 - Park Court, AB Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Park Court United Church Cemetery Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Fausak family; c 1924; probably in Muschaken, East Prussia.
    Fausak family; c 1924; probably in Muschaken, East Prussia.
    Standing (l. to r.): Albert Fausak, Natalie nee Fausak Sommerfeld, Ludwig Sommerfeld, Olga nee Teise Fausak, and Emma Fausak. Seated are Emil Fausak, Louise nee Hein Fausak, and Robert Fausak. The boy is Edward Fausak, son of Robert and Olga. Emil Fausak lived in the US by this time; he visited his mother in December 1923 and Dec 1924, and then returned again for Albert's marriage to Emma Jakobus in 1928. Emil's son Albert Emil Fausak, at the age of 16, was best man in his uncle Albert's wedding.
    Fausak, Robert and related men, Muschaken, 1928
    Fausak, Robert and related men, Muschaken, 1928
    Photo by Albert Emil Fausak, taken when he was best man at his uncle Albert's marriage to Emma Jakobus.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Fausak, Robert and Albert and families; 1929; Bremen 1929
    Fausak, Robert and Albert and families; 1929; Bremen 1929
    This photograph was taken in Hamburg, Germany on 11 April 1929 as a memento of the emigrant’s impending departure for North America. The caption in German may read:

    We come and we go,
    It could not be otherwise,
    If we meet again,
    God alone knows.
    We have found that,
    It is what we know as love,
    This keeps us connected,
    If sea and land separates us!

    In memory of my trip on North German Lloyd. Bremen. 1929

    On the right side of the photo are Robert Fausak (1896-1980) standing behind his wife Olga nee Teise (1895-1989), and Albert Fausak (1901-1974) standing next to his recent bride Emma nee Jakobus (1904-1997). The three boys on the right are Robert and Olga’s sons (l. to r.) Edward Fausak (1919-1936), Alfred Leonard Fausak (1923-2-13), and Kurt Carl Fausak (1925-1998).

    The older man standing at the left rear, the young woman on the left, and the boy seated left on the floor are Leonhard Meyn at age 42, his 17 year old daughter Herta, and his 9 year old son Max.

    The tall man standing and the seated young woman holding the boy are Johann (John) Rewitz at age 26, his wife Maria (Mary) Rewitz at age 24, and their son Horst Rewitz at age 2.

    All of the families were traveling together, and all are believed to have lived nearby one another near Grenzhof and Candien, East Prussia. Leonhard Meyn, who apparently resided in Bruderheim AB Canada was the immigration sponsor for the two Fausak families and for the Rewitz family.
    Fausak, Louise nee Hein and family, c 1929
    Fausak, Louise nee Hein and family, c 1929
    Believed to be a final family portrait before Robert and Albert immigrated to Canada with their families. Front, l. to r.: Emma nee Jakobus Fausak (wife of Albert), Natalie nee Fausak Sommerfeld (wife of Ludwig), Alfred Leonard Fausak (standing), Louise nee Hein Fausak (widow of Ludwig), Kurt Carl Fausak (standing), Olga nee Tiese Fausak, and Edward Fausak (standing). Rear, standing, l. to r.: unknown girl, Albert Fausak, Ludwig Sommerfeld, Edward Rennspies(?), Bertha nee Fausak Rennspies(?), and Robert Fausak.
    Fausak, Robert; undated - circa 1935?;
    Fausak, Robert; undated - circa 1935?;
    This photo is presumed to be Robert Fausak but that has not yet been confirmed by his immediate descendents. The women standing on the left is almost certainly Emma nee Jakobus, wife of Albert Fausak. The others have not yet been identified.
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    Fausak Robert; c1975; with wife Olga nee Teise.
    Fausak Robert; c1975; with wife Olga nee Teise.

    Documents
    Fausak, Robert; 1896; record of birth in Janowko.
    Fausak, Robert; 1896; record of birth in Janowko.
    Russian language record from the Przasnysz Ev. churchbooks.

    "This happened in the city of Przasnysz on the 29th of July/10th of August, 1896, at 12:000 in the afternoon. Ludwig Fausak, a farmer from Janowko, 49 years old, appeared and in the presence of witnesses Jacob Popp?, 51 years old, and Peter Hammermeister, 74 years old, both farmers from Janowko, and presented to us a child of the male sex, stating that the child was born yesterday in Janowko at 6:00 in the evening from his lawful wife Louise, born Jein, 35 years old. To this child at holy baptism performed on this day was given the name Robert. The godparents were Jacob Popp? and Caroline Hein. This document was read aloud to the declarant and the illiterate witnesses and signed by us only. L. Wernitz"
    Fausak, Edward; 1919; birth
    Fausak, Edward; 1919; birth
    Churchbook entry, written in Polish, shows witnesses as Ludwig Sommerfeld, and Efraim Hein (may be brother to Edward's grandmother Louise Hein Fausak). Godmother appears to be Natalie nee Fausak Sommerfeld, wife of Ludwig Sommerfeld.
    Fausak, Alfred Leonhard; 1923; birth
    Fausak, Alfred Leonhard; 1923; birth
    This image is from an index of births for the Ev. Church in Muschaken, East Prussia, Germany (now Muszaki, Poland). It shows the birth of Alfred in 1923; the complete record has not yet been found.
    Fausak, Robert; 1929; Canadian entry record
    Fausak, Robert; 1929; Canadian entry record
    with wife Olga nee Tiese and sons Eduard and Alfred, and brother Albert and his wife Emma nee Jakobus
    Fausak, Edward; 1965; death notice in newspaper from Trenton NJ USA.
    Fausak, Edward; 1965; death notice in newspaper from Trenton NJ USA.

    Headstones
    Fausak, Robert; 1940; headstone for Robert, Olga, and Edward in Park Court(AB)Cemetery.
    Fausak, Robert; 1940; headstone for Robert, Olga, and Edward in Park Court(AB)Cemetery.
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    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Ships
    Stuttgart II; 1924-1943;
    Stuttgart II; 1924-1943;
    Built by Vulcan of Stettin in 1924168 m loa; 15 kts; 1105 passengers in three classes; burned out in Gdingen during WW II when used as a hospital ship.