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SCHNEIDER, Jacob F. 1838-1923


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/13/2016 at 07:23:00

J. F. Schneider Passes Away After A Brief Illness

Was Born In Ontario, Canada, And Came To Iowa In An Early Day

A Grundy County Pioneer

Followed Farming a Number of Years Until Retiring Twenty-One Years Ago

After an illness of about two weeks Jacob F. Schneider passed away at his home in Grundy Center on Monday, March 19th, 1923, at 2:30 in the afternoon, at the ripe old age of 84 years, 10 months and 4 days.

Mr. Schneider was born in Waterloo county, Ontario, Canada, May 15th, 1838. He grew to young manhood in Ontario, and was married to Miss Margaret Weller on October 8th, 1861, at St. Agatha, Ontario. In the year 1866 Mr. and Mrs. Schneider came to the United States and located on a farm near Lena, Ill. After a brief residence there they returned to Ontario for a year, and then moved back to Lena, where they remained for three years.

Following their latter residence in Illinois they moved to Hardin county, Iowa, making the trip overland in a covered wagon. This was fifty years ago and when Iowa was little more than a vast prairie. They resided in Hardin county for three years and then came to Grundy Center in 1876. For a time they lived in a house that stood where the former F. J. Williamson house now stands and Mr. Schneider farmed what was known in an early day as the Copp farm adjoining the north side of town where the Rock Island depot now stands.

In 1882 they again moved to a farm in Fifteen Mile Grove where they lived until twenty-one years ago last October when they returned to Grundy Center, where they have since lived a retired life and enjoyed the fruits of a well spent life among relatives and friends.

To them were born twelve children, as follows: Magdaline, now Mrs. F. S. Ward, Oak Park, Ill.; Minnie, Mrs. H. D. Mathews, St. Paul, Minn.; Julia, Mrs. E. W. Chandler, Chicago, deceased in 1914; John, deceased, 1872; Pauline, Mrs. James Mee, Centerville, So. Dak.; Mary A., Mrs. Frank Peck, St. Paul; Anna, Mrs. J. E. Verly, Tama county; Joseph H., deceased 1916; Jacob E., St. Paul; Emma C., Mrs. M. G. Heiberger, Grundy Center; Ida Belle, deceased 1878, and Florence, St. Paul.

Besides the living children enumerated above he leaves the faithful wife of over sixty-one years to mourn his passing. There are also sixteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Schneider came from that old Puritan stock that believed in living a clean and unblemished life and it can be said of him that this was his record thru his life. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father, a good neighbor and friend. He will be greatly missed in the home and by the children whose greatest pleasure in life was to pay frequent visits to their parents. And by none will he be more greatly missed than his host of friends who greeted him daily on the street or in the home.

Funeral services were held from Sacred Heart church, of which denomination (Catholic) Mr. Schneider was a faithful member all his life, at ten o'clock Wednesday morning, March 21st, Rev. Father E. J. McDonald, of this city, officiating. No better evidence could have been manifested of the high esteem in which Mr. Schneider was held in the community than in the expressions of sorrow for the passing of so good a citizen. Interment was in the family lot in the Catholic cemetery west of town.

All the children living were present at the funeral, and also two nephews, Lawrence and George Schneider, of Lena, Ill.

Among others who came to attend the funeral were Mr. H. D. Mathews, who accompanied Mrs. Mathews, and Mrs. J. E. Schneider and little son, all of St. Paul, and Mrs. Frank Kelly, of Gladbrook.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 22 March 1923, pg 1


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