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Phillip Schaller


Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 4/26/2004 at 19:25:35

Honorable Phil Schaller was a representative of Sac county to the Twenty-first General Assembly. He moved to Eden Township, Sac county in 1871, and to Sac city in 1878 when he became County Treasurer for eight years. He also served as a county supervisor and was mayor of Sac City for two terms. In 1896 he was a voting delegate to the Republican National convention in St. Louis. Phil Schaller was born in Woerth, Alsac Loraine, in 1838 and came to the United States at the age of 16 and settled in Clayton County, Iowa. He was naturalized at Garnavillo, and in 1862 he enlisted in the Co.E., 27th Iowa Infantry, and served 3 years to the end of the civil War. He was active in the western battles - Steele's Arkansas expedition, the Meridian campaign, Red River Campaign, Smith's expedition to Tupelo and Oxford, pursuit of Price through Arkansas and Missouri, Battle of Nashville, and Movile Campaign.

After the war he returned to Clayton County as a wagon maker and soon thereafter married Emeline L. Knight. In 1871, the Schallers with their two daughters, Losisa and Eugenie, came to a farm in Eden township north of Early on Highway 71. His wife's parents, Jonathan Knights, also settled in Eden.

Mr. Schaller worked with the Iowa Railroad Land company and was Right of Way Agent for the Chicago and Milwaukee R.R. when it was built into Sac City. The town of Schaller was named after him in honor of his services.

Phil Schaller, was especially proud of his membership in Gen.W.T. Sherman Post No. 284, Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was state commander. He was active in the
Presbyterian Church and the lodges. He helped start the Sac City Institute, and was trustee there as well as of Buena Vista. He had interests in several banks. He was a member of rose Croix Commandery No.38, Knights Templar and the Des Moines Consistory and the Shrine, and was grand treasurer of the Grand Lodge of AF and Am of Iowa.

While Phil Schaller came from France, his wife's family came to the United States in
1653, with several descendents serving in the American Revolution. After his first wife's death, he married Mrs. P. Fishman. She continued living in his Main Street home many years after his death. Much of the original interior beauty has been preserved.

[source: Sac co. IAGenWeb, copied to Clayton co. biographies with permission of M. Dose, coordinator]

Click on the link below to visit the Sac Co. IAGenWeb and view photos of Honorable Phil Schaller & his wife - (you will need to scroll down the page a bit)-

Sac co. IAGenWeb - early settlers

Clayton Biographies maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
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