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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Len" John Leonard SCHIER

Born 17 January 1912 in Nathalia, Victoria, Australia [16]
Son of John SCHIER and Hannah May LEONARD [54]
When aged about 15 he shifted with his parents to Western Australia [P7]
He resided and worked in Perth, while his father was the manager of TootraStation in Walebing [P7]
Shifted from Perth to Three Springs where he worked for the North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company [P7]
It has also been said that he worked in William G. JORDAN's General Store in Three Springs [P42]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1936, and Social Committee Member in 1937 [5: 1 & 29-May-1936, 9-Apr-1937]
Competitor in the Billiard Tournament held in Three Springs in May 1936 to raise funds for the Hospital in Three Springs [5: 8-May-1936]
Attended Kenneth R. PETTIT's 21st birthday Social & Dance at his home in Three Springs on Saturday 23 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
Supplied the musical extras at the Three Springs Anglican Church's Annual Ball in Three Springs on 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Supplied the musical extra at the Carnamah Football Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 27 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Performed exhibition dances at the Roman Catholic Church's Annual Ball in Three Springs on Thursday 9 July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Also supplied the musical extras at the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball held in Carnamah on 11 July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Supplied the musical extras at the Carnamah Football Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 8 August 1936 [5: 14-Aug-1936]
Supplied the musical extras at the Carnamah Girls Club's "A Night in Iceland" at the Carnamah Hall on 15 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club - was Vice Captain in 1936-37 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club - was a Social Committee Member in 1936-37 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Provided the musical extra at the Carnamah Catholic Church's Back to Childhood Ball in Carnamah on 17 October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Supplier of music at the Anglican Church's Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on Friday 27 November 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Won the Table Tennis Tournament conducted by the Three Springs Parents & Citizens Association on 12 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Supplied the musical extra at the largely attended Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 17 April 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Helped cart 80 trucks loads of sand, gravel and stones for the nursing quarters in Three Springs on 14 and 24 April 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Master of Ceremonies at the Coronation Ball in Three Springs celebrating the coronation of King George VI in May 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the new golf links in Three Springs on Sunday 23 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Member of the Three Springs Anglican Church Vestry and the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry in 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
Secretary and Master of Ceremonies of the Three Springs Anglican Church's Annual Ball on Thursday 17 June 1937 [5: 11 & 25-Jun-1937]
Assisted Coffey's Orchestra with the music at the farewell for the CARMODY family in Three Springs on 12 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Sang a song at the piano to the crowd of over 300 at the Community Concert at the Carnamah Hall on 11 August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
M.C. at the Grand Ball that concluded the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition in Three Springs on 31 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs on Friday afternoon 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
     With great difficulty himself, Frank ARNDT and Mick COFFEY rode a triple seated bike in a novelty procession to the opening [5]
Shifted from Three Springs to Carnamah in C.1937 [P275]
Manager of the North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company's store in Carnamah 1937-1952 [4: 19-Jul-1952]
Initially resided as a permanent boarder at the Carnamah Hotel at 22 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [P283]
Supplier of music at the Farewell for Barney & Frances BARNHART at the Hall in Three Springs on 3 February 1938 [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Supplier of music at the Valedictory for Minnie WATSON & Arthur MORTIMER in Three Springs on 15 February 1938 [4: 19-Feb-1938]
Married Emily Hope TURNER on 4 April 1942 at St George's Anglican Church Hall in Carnamah [0: image 04094]
His best man at his wedding was Ken SIVYER and his groomsman Bert TURNER [0: image 04094]
Member of the Carnamah Home Guard in 1942 [0: image 04093]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps in 1942 [16]
Resided in Carnamah until enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force on 20 November 1942 [16]
Sergeant 82499 in the 77 Operational Base Unit of the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War [16]
During his time in the Air Force the co-op in Carnamah was managed by W.J. GAUNT and later Mr THACKRAH [0: images 04165 & 04330]
Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force around April 1945 [0: image 04330]
After being discharged from the R.A.A.F. returned to Carnamah and resumed managing the Carnamah co-op [0: image 04330]
In July 1952 resigned as manager of the co-op having purchased his own store in Carnamah [0: image 04640] [4: 19-Jul-1952]
In July 1952 purchased Allan T. BLACK's general store at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [P275] [57: power changed to Schier in July/Aug 1952]
Took over the store from BLACK on 4 August 1952 [0: image 04666]
Proprietor of "Schiers Store" at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah 1952-1973 [P275]
General Merchant and Agent - sold groceries, hardware, batteries, tyres and tubes [4: 20-Dec-1952]
His general store was telephone number Carnamah-47 [60]
Agent for Golsbrough Mort & Co Ltd, Western Assurance Co, Malloch Bros, Musgroves Ltd, Bunge (Aust) Pty Ltd [4: 20-Dec-1952]
Also agent for Wiles Agricultural Machinery (plows, combines and scarifiers) and Earth-Moving Agricultural Equipment [4: 22-Mar-1956]
Vestryman and Secretary of the Church of England in Carnamah in 1938 [0: image 03324]
Member of the Carnamah Church of England's committee in 1938 [0: image 03324]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1938 [0: image 03717]
Steward in Charge of the Sheep Weight Competition at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Shows in 1938 and 1939 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1938 and 1941 [0: images 03717 & 04006]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club - was Vice Captain in 1939 and Captain in 1945 [0: images 03848 & 04378]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1940 [0: image 03074]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Organiser of the Show Ball, which followed the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 11 September 1941 [13]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1941 [0: image 04014]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in the 1940s and 1950s - was Secretary in 1942[0: image 04073] [4: 26-Sep-1958]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1945 and 1947[58]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 17 May 1946 - was Worshipful Master in 1955 [96] [153]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1958 [13]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1947 [0: image 04467]
Provided music and vocals at many functions held in Carnamah and surrounding districts [0: image 03046]
In the 1950s led a local orchestra/band known as "Len Schier's orchestra/band" which played at local functions [0: images 04557 & 04725]
Received electricity at his home and shop from local firm Henry Parkin & Son; in 1952 paid £11.10.11 for the month of October [53]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club - played for Carnamah Blue in 1953 [0: image 04722]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1954 [7: page 193]
In October 1954 secured permission to erect a pre-cut timber and iron office near the corner of Macpherson and Yarra Streets [4]
The building was to be a service station and was on land in Carnamah leased from the Midland Railway Company [4: 16-Oct-1954]
Patron of the Carnamah Badminton Club 1955-1970 [75]
Vice President of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1957 [4: 22-Mar-1957]
Pallbearer at the funeral of James Hostley ROWLAND at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 September 1958 [4]
Foundation Member of the Carnamah Bowling Club - was Captain in 1972 [P275]
President of Carnamah's Parents & Citizens Association for many years [P275]
In 1973 [P275] sold his house at 33 Caron Street in Carnamah [P175] and retired to Geraldton [P275]
Member of the Geraldton Masonic Lodge No. 3 WAC, and an Honorary Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No. 150 WAC [45]
Later shifted to a nursing home in Pinjarra [P275]
Father of Joyce and Evelyn [P275]
Died 30 September 2003 at Bedingfeld Lodge in Pinjarra; cremated at the Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra [45]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Leonard Schier' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 November 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-leonard-schier [sources]




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