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Theodore C. Schwarzhoff


Two hundred acres of farmland in Waterloo township in a highly improved and flourishing condition give evidence of the successful agricultural ability of Theodore C. Schwarzhoff, one of the representative and enterprising young farmers of Allamakee county. He was born on the farm which is yet his home in 1884, a son of Christian and Helen Schwarzhoff, both natives of Germany. The parents came to the United States in early life, locating in Iowa in the early ‘50’s. The father purchased land in Waterloo township, Allamakee county, upon which he continued reside and which he operated until his death on the 6th of September, 1898. His widow survived until May 20, 1913. Of their family of eight children seven are yet living, namely: Mary, the wife of Fred Weber, of Allamakee county: Agnes, who married William Duffy, of this county; Anna the wife of Henry Toft of this county; Christian J. and Herman, both residing in Allamakee county; Margaret, who married Clem Schulte, of this county; now deceased, married William Scanlan, a resident of Peoria, Illinois.

Theodore C. Schwarzhoff received his education in the common schools of and Theodore C., of this review. Elizabeth, the fourth in order of birth and his native county and when not thus employed assisted his father in the work of the home farm. He early took up the tasks which usually fall to the lot of the country lad and as the years passed he became thoroughly acquainted with the various details of modern and progressive agriculture. After the death of his father he operated the home farm for his mother until her demise, since which time he has had full charge of the homestead. He carries on general farming and stock-raising, both branches being conducted in a practical way which is proving productive of good results.

Mr. Schwarzhoff was married in 1909 to Miss Mary Schulte, who was born in Allamakee county in 1890, a daughter of John and Hannah Schulte, the former a native of Iowa and the latter of Germany. Her parents were among the early settlers of Allamakee county and were widely known throughout the district in which they made their home. The mother died on the 11th of May, 1901, but the father still survives and lives on a fine farm in Waterloo township. In their family were six children, as follows: John, of Dorchester, Iowa; Mrs. Schwarzhoff; Henry, of Allamakee county; Joseph and Andrew, both at home; and Louis, deceased. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Schwarzhoff have been born two children, Mary 11, and Raymond C., the former born in January, 1911 and the latter in February, 1913. Mrs. Schwarzhoff was educated in the schools of Allamakee county, and, like her husband, holds membership in the Catholic church.

Mr. Schwarzhoff is a democrat in politics, giving his stanch support to that party but neither seeking nor caring for public office as the reward for party fealty. Although numbered among the younger generation of agriculturists in Waterloo township, he has already won a substantial degree of prosperity and he is a native son whose record is a credit to Allamakee county.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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