|Grandmother Scheufele in her "church room"|
Another story involving Grandmother Scheufele had to do with my grandmother's cousin Will. Will lived with his grandparents because of his stepmother (who, according to my grandmother, did not like Will and was not very nice to him). Will was described as something of a daredevil. He like to torment the bull at the nearby farm and generally wasn't afraid of anything. One night while he was downstairs at Grandmother Scheufele's house, he saw a face looking in the window at him. He screamed and threw the closest weapon he had- a hammer- right through the window. Grandmother Scheufele came to see what the problem was, and after Will told her what happened, she told Will that his stepmother had sent the devil after him.
The paper I wrote for my class was titled "The Family Witch" though my grandmother took offense to that reference. She would get downright angry if she heard me refer to Grandmother Scheufele as being a witch. Not that it is meant in any derogatory way. However, recently I discovered that Grandmother Scheufele had a book (or possibly more than one) that was written in German (she came from Germany) that contained recipes for potions. She also had a crystal ball.
It's unfortunate that I was never able to meet this fascinating woman. Though I am thankful that was able to record some of the stories about her before my grandmother's passing.