THE SEVERIN FAMILY
Carl Johann Joachim Sevreman was born in Prussia on 2 March, 1835 and migrated to Australia as a 19 year-old on the ship “Australia” to Port Adelaide in South Australia on 1 November, 1854.
He began farming at Freeling in South Australia and changed his name to Severin.
He married Maria Magdalene (Beckinan) Severin on 14 October, 1864 in Schoenfeldt, South Australia, and later moved to Western Australia.
He died in 1898 in Katanning aged 62 where he is buried.
The couple had a family of four boys, including the eldest, Carl Christian Severin (b1865 – d1947 – Katanning), and two girls, all born in SA, who all came over with their parents and also settled in the Katanning area.
Carl Severin took up land in the Katanning area in 1892 and it is still in family hands today.
He was the only one who kept to farming except for one girl, who married a farmer in the Woodanilling district.
Carl married Mariana Wilcox and they had two children, both boys – Reginald and Louis.
Louis moved to Brookton in 1933 to continue farming.
Times were very hard for the early settlers; clearing had to be done the hard way by burning down the big trees and chopping down the smaller ones.
No bulldozers to push them down and to push them into heaps again after the burn.
Fencing was done with a spade and crow bar and building was usually done by the settler himself with a little neighbourly help.
Of course social life must have been practically non-existent as the miles seemed to be a lot longer then, and transport was crude.
Carl built his house of mud bats made on the spot and the timber was bush timber trimmed up with an axe. That place survived the white ants for many years.
His two sons attended school at Marracoonda when the eldest was six years of age. It was a one-teacher school, with at one time, over thirty children on the roll.
His son Reginald’s early days of farm life were a big contrast to today’s standards – a four-furrow plough, a thirteen-run drill and a 5 ft harvester and prices for produce were a lot lower than today’s prices: butter at one shilling (10c) a lb, eggs at about the same price per dozen and bread about 6d a loaf. Naturally they lived off the land as much as possible and a few pounds in currency went a good way.
Carl’s brothers stayed around Katanning most of their working days. One worked at the mill, another was in the railways and another worked at various jobs and agencies but he eventually went to Perth.
Reginald over the farm in 1935 and Carl and Mariana retired to live in Woodanilling in 1936.
That same year he married Lilian Mathews and they had four sons and one daughter.