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SCHAEFER, Christian C.


Posted By: Gordon Felland (email)
Date: 9/15/2005 at 22:07:19

Christian C. Schaefer, who is residing on section 27, German township, Hancock county, is a native of Wisconsin, his birth having occurred in Dodge county, on the 23d of August, 1869. His parents, Chris and Mary (Schneider) Schaefer, were born in Germany and came to America in 1833. They resided in Milwaukee and in Watertown, Wisconsin, for many years and about 1897 removed to Iowa, at which time the father purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 24 German township, Hancock county, for which he paid thirty-one dollars per acre, The farm was at that time somewhat improved. He owned the farm for six or seven years, after which he disposed of the property. He is, however, still living and is now about ninety years of age.

Christian C. Schaefer acquired a common school education at Lowell, Wisconsin, where he pursued his studies for several years, and in the school of experience he has also learned many valuable lessons which have been of a most practical and helpful character. He worked with his father until he reached the age of about twenty-seven years, when he invested in his present home place on section 27, German township, Hancock county. Here he has a good tract of land appropriately named the Pleasant View Farm. He is making a specialty of stock raising, handling Poland China hogs, Percheron Norman horses of high grade and Guernsey cattle, and in addition he cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate. Both his stock raising and his farming interests are bringing to him good return, for his business affair, are carefully, wisely and systematically managed.

On the 15th of June, 1901, Mr. Schaefer was married to Miss Amelia, Lembgen, a daughter of John and Christina (Reinhard) Lembgen, who were natives of Germany and on emigrating to America settled at Lowell, Wisconsin, at which time only Indians were residents of that section of the state. In other words, they cast in their lot with the first settlers of a pioneer district and shared in all the hardships and privations incident to the development of a new country. The mother is still living at Watertown, Wisconsin, and is now nearly eighty years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Schaefer have become the parents of two sons and two daughters: Emery W., Alvin E. and Hilda M., who are fifteen, thirteen and eleven years of age respectively; and Doris A., a maiden of nine summers.

In his political views Mr. Schaefer is a republican, and while not an office seeker, he has served as school director for six years. His religious belief is that of the German Methodist Episcopal church and to its teachings he gives loyal support. His has been an active life directed by honorable purposes, and his diligence and energy have constituted the foundation upon which he has builded his success.

Source: History of Winnebago and Hancock Counties, Iowa, Vol. II, 1917, page 261.


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