Josef Scholthaus

A pioneer leaves the Cariboo but the legend remains. Predeceased by his parents, brother and sister in Germany. Josef immigrated to B.C. on July 7,1952.

He became a labourer on CPR and CNR Railway for 56 cents an hour with room and board at Spences Bridge. From there Josef moved to Quesnel and got a job at a planer mill and acquired land and became a farmer; he also built a saw mill out on 3100 Rd. past Wells B.C. He was the operator of cats, skidders, loaders, and logging trucks, but always had a passion for gardening and making sauerkraut and moonshine.

Most people will remember Josef from picking potatoes out on his farm, buying firewood before natural gas arrived to Quesnel or buying cedar boards from his mill out on 3100 Rd. Josef also sold vegetables, from a root cellar 40 feet by 80 feet at the Quesnel Farmers Market. He also knew where to find all the wild herbs in the forest for healing and making tea and enjoyed picking berries, fishing and making honey.

He will be missed by many, many friends throughout the Cariboo.

No service was requested by Josef Scholthaus.


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