J[oseph] O. SCHOONOVER, dealer in furniture and undertaker, Garrison, established his present business in 1882. He was born in Hardin County, Ohio, Sept. 7, 1840, and is a son of David and Mary (Pierce) Schoonover. He came to this county in 1865 in company with his parents, his father entering 240 acres of land in Big Grove Township, where he is still living.
J. O., the subject of this sketch, remained a citizen of that township until 1874, when he moved to Vinton, where he made his home for one year. He then moved to Eden Township and farmed one year, and then went to the village of Garrison, where he has since resided. Soon after the breaking out of the Rebellion he enlisted in the 13th Iowa Infantry and served one year. In the battle of Pittsburg Landing he was wounded by a musket ball in the right leg, which disabled him from further active service. He was therefore discharged, and returned home.Aug. 3, 1862, he married Victoria Smith, a native of Ohio. Her parents were among the early settlers of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Schoonover have a family of six children — Rose E., Mary E., Charles O., Edith M., Eva R., and Joseph Wesley. The mother of Mr. Schoonover died in 1847. Mr. Schoonover is one of the leading business men of Garrison, and has been Mayor of the village and Township Trustee. In politics he is a Republican and at the same time is a strong advocate of temperance. Mr. and Mrs. Schoonover are connected by membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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. 253.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.