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Jacob Schierholz


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:27:08

Jacob Sheirholz, a representative agriculturist of Boone county who has resided here for a period of forty-five years, is the owner of 160 aces of valuable land on sections 8 and 6, Yell township. His birth occurred in Germany on February 27, 1851, his parents being Peter and Catherine (Frahm) Scheirholz, who were likewise natives of that country. The father, who devoted his attention to farming Germany throughout his entire business career, there passed away in 1854, while the mother was called to her final rest on June 8, 1894.
Jacob Schierholz spent the first eighteen years of his life in the fatherland and there pursued his education but continued his studies in the Unites States after the age of twenty. On February 27, 1869, he set sail for the new world and on reaching American shores he made his way to Clinton county, Iowa, where he worked for others until December of that year. He then came to Boone county and was there employed as a farm hand for seven years, while subsequently he cultivated rented land for one year. In 1872 he purchased 40 acres of his present farm in Yell township and began he improvement of the property. As his financial resources increased, owing to his untiring industry and capable management, he extended the boundaries of his place by additional purchase until it now embraces 160 acres of valuable land, 80 acres thereof lying in section 8 and the remaining 80 in section 6. Alert, energetic and industrious, he has et with success in his undertakings, practicing the rotation of crops and cultivating his farm after the most approved methods of modern agriculture.
ON September 20, 1880, Mr Schierholz was united in marriage to Miss Frances McKune, a daughter of Edward and Minerva B (Hastings) McKune, the former a native of Great Bend, Pennsylvania, and the latter of New York.. Edward McKune removed to Illinois at an early day and in August 1862 enlisted for service in the Civil war from Dixon, that state, joining Company E, Seventy-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was killed in October of the same year, in the first battle at Perryville, Kentucky, thus laying down his life on the altar of his country. The demise of his wife occurred in December 1890. Mr and Mrs Schierhoz are the parents of eleven children as follows: Emily who gave her hand in marriage to Charles N Frost, of Lee Center, Illinois, Catherine E the wife of William Kruse, Peter at home, Jacob E who is a resident of Beaver, Boone county, Frances M the wife of Fred Drew of Perry, Iowa, Harriett A who is the wife of Everett Hull of Ogden, Iowa, this state, Lurena E who is the wife of Mason Pugh, a miner of Yell township, and Mabel, Wilhelm and Loue all of whom are still under the parental roof.
In his political views Mr Schierholz is a stanch republican, loyally supporting the men and measures of that party at the polls. His religious faith is that of the United Brethren church. His many excellent traits of character have won him an extensive circle of friends and hie is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which the greater part of his life has been spent.

1914 Boone County History Book


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