Martin and Robert Linderman

Robert Linderman and Rosalie Peetof  wedding in the Foremost area of Alberta in 1925. Martin Linderman, like so many other immigrants, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1911. Martin engaged in farming and ranching with his brother Robert near Foremost, Alberta before moving to Montana in 1923. Martin married Lucy Cassidy of Shelby, Montana and they settled on a farm near Scobey, Montana, a small town just south of the Canadian border. Martin passed away in 1954.

Robert Linderman, as mentioned previously, farmed near Foremost upon arriving in Alberta. He worked for his grandfather Otto Meer (Maar) before filing for his own homestead. For numerous years he drove cattle on the open range as far west as Stirling, Alberta.

Robert married fellow Estonian Rosalie Peetof on January 6, 1925. On his farm he owned a number of horses which he used for racing in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana. In 1915, Robert began threshing his crops using a Minneapolis four-cylinder tractor. There was an exceptionally large crop that year and the tractor alleviated much of the workload. With terrible droughts afflicting the crop the following years Robert would transport hay from the Stettler areas as feed for his cattle.

Robert and Rosalie purchased the farm of his uncle, Martin Meer, in 1928 and they lived here until they moved to Lethbridge in 1959. They continued to maintain a home in Foremost and maintained close ties to the community. Robert graciously volunteered his efforts and skills into building the Foremost Community Hall. He also was a member of the local Elks Club while Rosalie belonged to the Foremost Community Club.

When Robert and Rosalie passed away their daughter and son-in-law, Lea and Al Sepp, began managing the farm. Robert and Rosalie's other daughter, Anita, lives in Calgary with her husband Wally Madill and their two children.

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