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John Schnellbacher


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 3/20/2019 at 10:23:54

John Schnellbacher, Webster Twp., farmer and preacher, born in Germany July 28, 1821; his parents emigrated to this country in 1841, and settled in Ross county, Ohio; he married Miss Fredericka Meyer April 13, 1845; she was born in Germany; he was licensed as a local preacher by the Evangelical Association of Ohio, and in 1850 was taken up in conference, and assigned to the traveling ministry and mission work, and continued this work successfully and acceptably six and one-half years; he came to this county in 1855, and has lived on the same farm and made all the improvements; owns 240 acres; he held various township offices; he has nine children living: Caroline, Elizabeth, Christina, Mary, John, Theodore, Fredericka, George and Rosa Mary: lost one son, Louis; since he came to the country he has seen corn sold for three dollars per bushel, and food so scarce that at one time he took his time piece, a pair of buggy springs and a Bible to mill to put up as collateral for flour, and was unable to get any, and it was only out of sympathy on the part of the miller when he saw despair depicted on his countenance, that he concluded to let him have some rejected flour on time, and which he was soon able to pay, much of the surprise of the miller.

Taken from the book "History of Madison County Iowa 1879" pages 625, 626


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