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Frederick W. Schoellerman


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 5/20/2010 at 07:01:22

Frederick W. Schoellerman (1903) is the proprietor of the general merchandise store of Sioux Valley township and was the last postmaster of Sioux Valley postoffice. He was born in Germany September 12, 1852, the son of Frederick and Katherina (Thompson) Schoellerman. Both his parents died in the year 1905 at advanced ages. They had only two children, Elza Oelke and the subject of this biography.

At the age of two years, in 1854, Fred accompanied his parents from Germany to America. The family located at Garnavillo, Clayton county, Iowa, and in that town our subject grew to manhood and spent his early adult years. Until he attained his majority he resided at home, learning the wagonmaker's and carpenter's trades in Garnavillo. After mastering his trades, Mr. Schoellerman moved to Farmersburg, also in Clayton county, and conducted a wagonmaker's shop until 1884. That year he moved to Beadle county, South Dakota, and took a homestead, and there he resided until 1903, engaged in farming and working at the carpenter's trade.

Because of an accident while building a church in 1903, resulting in a broken arm, Mr. Schoellerman sold out in South Dakota and became a resident of Sioux Valley township, Jackson county. He bought the little store conducted in a 16x24 foot building by Mrs. Green and received the appointment of postmaster of the Sioux Valley office, which was conducted in the store. Mr. Schoellerman enlarged the building to 24x64 feet, built an addition for a residence, and put in a full line of general merchandise. He has built up a lucrative trade and now handles all classes of general merchandise, dry goods, groceries and hardware. He is assisted in the store by his son, Ben.

Mr. Schoellerman was married at Garnavillo, Iowa, November 17, 1874, to Julia Quencel, who was born in Garnavillo, October 10, 1852. These parents have seven living children, as follows: Julius, of Beadle county, South Dakota; Will, of Ward county, North Dakota; Hubert, of Clark county, South Dakota; Alfred, of Sioux Valley township; Ben, residing at home; Ora and Olga (twins), attending school.

Mr. Schoellerman is a member of the A.O.U.W., the Hermannson and the Germania lodges.

~Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota; by A.P. Rose, 1910, pg 555-56

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