Emma Scherer was born in Naperville, Illinois on January 23, 1875, to Christian Scherer and his wife Mary Stenger Sherer.
According to her granddaughter, "At some time when she was a young teenager, she went to get medicine for her mother and it was extremely cold outside.
Her eardrums cracked and she was deaf the rest of her life. If you talked real loud she could hear you. I think that is why she did so much crocheting and quilting.
She also played the piano,; she would put a pancake turner in her mouth and touch it to the piano, and could somehow identify music by the vibration.
"Her father owned the Scherer Hardware store in Naperville. My grandmother married Edward Mertz in 1901 and they had 5 children." Emma Scherer Mertz died October 28, 1957.