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Theo Schonneker

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Culver resident Theo Schonneker


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   How long have you lived in Jefferson County and what brought you here?
   I moved to Culver at age 7 with my parents Chester and Esther Harmon, and started first grade in 1932. My dad ran the mail route to Grandview and was a livestock dealer. I married John Schonneker in 1946, and I managed the office at Round Butte Growers and Shippers in Culver for 17 years, retiring in 1984.
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   What's the best aspect of living here?
   Culver's close community atmosphere and pride in its schools. It seems like I know everybody and I like that. How sad it must be for people who are on the move all the time.
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   What's your favorite way to spend a day?
   To have a list of things to accomplish and to get them accomplished. I enjoy doing hospice work, enjoy my church, and I like having a plan for the day.
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   What are your hobbies and interests?
   I like to read The Madras Pioneer and The Bulletin to see what's going on, and I watch OPB and CNN TV. My favorite shows are Rick Steves, Globe Trekker, Now (an in-depth news show), and Antiques Road Show.
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   How may kids, grandkids, etc.?
   I have three children, Chuck Schonneker of Madras, Sharon Belleisle of Washington, and Lisa Van Swoll of Hermiston; five grandkids, Kurtis Schonneker of Culver, Marcus Schonneker of Madras, John and Brandi Van Swoll of Hermiston, and Brian Belleisle of Montana; and 10 great-grandchildren. And my 104-year-old mother, Esther Harmon of Culver.