Ado and Mai Maar (Meer), along with their children, emigrated to South Dakota from Crimea during the early 20th century. They eventually settled in Southern Alberta in 1909. They shipped their possessions to Canada by train and traveled to Warner, Alberta via a wagon, herding their animals and sleeping in tents. The Meers applied for homesteads and purchased a half section of land in 1910.

Otto and May had four boys and four girls: John, Hans, Martin, Jacob, Anna (Anna stayed behind in Estonia), Eliza, Minnie and Helen. The family engaged in mixed farming consisting of animals and a variety of crops.

May passed away March 29, 1911 at the age of 71. The funeral service was located at the Meer family farm presided by Reverend John Sillak. Otto immediately applied to the provincial government for funding to build a cemetery in the area; three months later a cemetery was built. May’s coffin was transferred to the new site, approximately two miles west of their farm. Otto passed away in May of 1915 and was buried next to his wife.

Courtesy of Medicine Hat and District Genealogical Society (MHDGS)




Township Road 121 and Range Road 50
City: Foremost,
Province: Alberta

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