After his marriage, he moved to two miles west of Wetaskiwin to farm the land that they received as a wedding present from Adam Kaiser. With a growing family, Ferdinand wanted more land, so he sold his farm for $17,000 and bought the Riverside Farm in Battle River, south east of Wetaskiwin. They brought 100 cattle and 40 horse to their new farm on which a comfortable log house has been built, and which had a large 108 foot barn.
Here disaster struck. In the first year there his crop was hailed out, and in the second year it was killed by drought. These weather conditions combined with depressed prices and a hidden mortgage wiped them out. They moved to a farm five miles north west of Wetaskiwin and Ferdinand lived there until his death on November 1 1931. He was buried on November 3 at St. John's Lutheran church, two miles west of Wetaskiwin.
Mrs. Schmuland was remarried, to Arnold Dous on October 24 1935. Towards the end of her life she stayed with her son Ferdinand, and she died on November 27 1963.
|Ferdinand Schmuland||Born: June 1883||Russia|
|Died: November 1 1931||Wetaskiwin|
|Married: August 1 1907||Wetaskiwin|
|Louise Kaiser||Born: 1889 (?)||Manitoba|
|Died: November 27 1963|
|Heinrich Andreas||Born: June 2 1908||Wetaskiwin|
|Died: July 24 1932||Millet|
|Paul||Born: February 1 1910||Wetaskiwin|
|Died: November 24 1961||Leduc|
|Ferdinand Otto||Born: August 27 1911||Wetaskiwin|
|Marie Louisa Victoria||Born: October 20 1913||Wetaskiwin|
|Heida||Born: December 27 1915||Wetaskiwin|
|Annie||Born: January 28 1918||Wetaskiwin|
|John Arthur||Born: April 23 1920||Wetaskiwin|
|Hilda Margaretha||Born: July 17 1926||Wetaskiwin|
|Lillian Irene||Born: May 23 1928||Wetaskiwin|
|Violet||Born: January 27 1930||Wetaskiwin|
|Died: November 1981|
Julius Schmuland Gustav Schmuland Rudolph Schmuland