JOHN H. SCHROEDER. — Among the prominent and well known land owners and farmers of Monroe township is numbered John H. Schroeder, who was born in Hesse Cassel, Germany, August 23, 1861, a son of John and Dorothy (Biersebenk) Schroeder. The mother died in Germany, but the father came to Benton county, Iowa, in 1885, and died at the home of his son John on the 26th of December, 1903, when past seventy-seven years of age. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, as was also his wife, and he had lived retired after coming to the United States. John H. Schroeder is one of the five children born to John and Dorothy Schroeder, all of whom came to this country, namely: J. H.; Reinhardt, who resides at Paton in Greene county, Iowa; Mrs. Julius Bachman, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Anderson Tirnupseed, who died on the 24th of December, 1900, at her home in Wellmann, Washington county, Iowa; and J. W., a Monroe township farmer. One sister named Dorothea died when but one year old in Germany as did also an infant brother Wilhelm.
John H. Schroeder was eighteen years of age when he sailed from Germany to the United States on the 6th of May, 1880, and he landed in the harbor of New York on the 2nd of the following June. His uncle had sent him his passage money, and the young lad worked for him for a year, afterward working five years in Eden township for Mr. Ed. Kirkman and others. He then married and bought eighty acres of land, the nucleus of his present estate of three hundred and sixty acres located in sections 21 and 28, and he operates two hundred and forty acres of the tract. He has improved his land in a splendid manner, and his present beautiful home was erected in 1908. He married Louisa Muhlhause, a daughter of Justus Muhlhause, residing at Dysart, but he is one of the large land owners of Benton county, owning an estate of seven hundred and twenty acres in Monroe township. Mrs. Schroeder was born near Sterling, Illinois, November 3, 1871, but she was reared in Benton county. They have five children: Ida, Amanda, Elma, Gertrude and Herbert. Mr. Schroeder votes with the Republican party on national issues, and he is a member of the Evangelical church at Dysart.