"Pioneer Tower"  

24 x 18 inches, oil on canvas mounted to hard board

     In a private collection    


In the spring of 1800, Joseph Schoerg and Samuel Betzner, Jr., Brothers - in - law, Mennonites, from Franklin County, Pennsylvania began the first two farms in the county of Waterloo; Schoerg on land adjoining this farm, Betzner on the west bank of the river, three miles downstream. In the same year came Samuel Betzner, Sr., who took up a farm including this site. Other settlers followed and in 1805 a company formed in Pennsylvania purchased 60,000 acres, the German company tract, comprising the greater part of block 2, Grand River Indian lands, now Waterloo township. This constituted the first larger settlement in the then far interior of Upper Canada.

Erected 1925.