FLORENCE SHOMLER, residing in Shellsburg, is a native of Saxony, Germany, born Nov. 1, 1850. His mother died in 1856, and in 1857 his father, with six children, one son having preceded them, emigrated to the United States, and settled in Ozaukee County, Wis., where the father, E. H. O. Shomler, still resides and is engaged in farming. The children are Julius M., Leo, Florence, Robert, Amelia, Laura and Aurelia, and they are the founders of the name "Shomler" in America. The father was married again, in this country, to Augusta Metz, by whom he had one son, Hugo.
Florence Shomler resided in Ozaukee County, Wis., until fourteen years of age. He then went to Milwaukee, where he learned the trade of harness-making. In the summer of 1869 he came to Iowa, and for a short time worked at his trade in Cedar Rapids. In October, 1869, he came to Shellsburg and established himself in the harness business, and continued to work at his trade. He worked hard, observed due economy and dealt honestly with all his customers, and thus soon accumulated a nice property. In 1885 he erected his present building, 23 x 61 feet in size, and two stories in height. He occupies the lower floor as store-room and shop, and the upper floor is used as a lodge-room by the I. O. O. F.In March, 1876, Mr. Shomler was married to Lucretia E. Noe. She was born in New Jersey, and is the daughter of Isaac P. Noe, of Shellsburg. Four children are the fruit of this union — John W., Clifford I., Florence I. and Mary L. Mr. and Mrs. Shomler are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Shomler is a member of both the subordinate lodge and encampment of the I. O. O. F. He votes the Republican ticket, and can well be numbered among the most successful business men of Benton County. For some years past he has given considerable attention to blooded horses, and at present owns three fine stable-horses — one English draft horse, imported; one Mambrino from Kentucky, and one Bashaw.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 220-221.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.