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John F Schwene


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/4/2010 at 10:43:19

John F Schwene was successfully engaged in business at Ogden as a member of the Schwene Hardware Company, for six years, or until April 1914, his partners in the enterprise were Hugo F Sanden and Charles G Lindholm. Mr Schwene has now retired from business, having sold out to C E Cook and Charles G Lindholm, , the firm being known as Cook & Lindholm. The birth of Mr Schwene occurred in Clinton county, Iowa on September 11, 1872, his parents being Chris and Phoebe (Heldt) Schwene, both of whom are natives of Germany. They emigrated to the United States in an early day ad took up their abode in Clinton county, this state. The father, a carpenter by trade, there worked at that occupation for some time and afterward came to Boone county, here cultivating a rented tract of land for a time. Subsequently he purchased and improved a farm which he operated continuously and successfully until 1912, when he put aside the active work of the fields ad removed to Ogden,, where he has since lived in honorable retirement. Both he and his wife enjoy an extensive and favorable acquaintance throughout the community, being widely recognized as people of genuine personal worth.
John F Schwene was reared and educated in Clinton and Boone counties, being nine years of age when the family home was established in the latter county, He lived with his parents on the home place until the time of his marriage, when his father and mother removed to Ogden, but he continued on the farm for four years longer. On the expiration of that period he also took up his abode in Ogden and for one year was engaged the wagon business. It was at the end of that tie that he became identified with the Schwene Hardware Company, purchasing the interest of his brother, who had been accidentally killed. His associates in the enterprise were Hugo E Sanden and Charles G Lindholm. They were accorded a liberal and well merited patronage and always carried an extensive stock of shelf and heavy hardware, occupying two floors and basement. Cook & Lindholm are now the owners of the business. In the conduct of his business interests Mr Schwene displayed unusual executive ability and keen discernment , tad prosperity came to him in gratifying measure.
Mr Schwene has been married twice. On February 27, 1902, he wedded Miss Theresa Wrede, by whom he has a son, Carl who is now nine years of age. The wife ad mother passed away n December 9, 1906, after a short illness. On February 27, 1912, Mr Schwene was again married, his second union being with Miss Lizzie Boderius who died on June 10, 1913, after a four daysí illness.
Mr Schwene give his political allegiance to the republican party, wile his religious faith is that of the German Lutheran church. He is well know and has many friends throughout the community and , being greatly interested in its general welfare, he takes an active part in all measure of reform and progress.

1914 Boone County History Book


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