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Pfeffer, John 1835-1910 & Anna Katherine Schaul Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 11/12/2022 at 22:06:19

Pfeffer, John 1835-1910 and Anna ‘Katherine’ Schaul Family

This biography was compiled by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society and taken from various identified sources. Purpose was to find as much about the John Pfeffer family as is available in local sources. When family information is taken from various sources it is often found that the information varies from one source to another. Often birth places and dates are listed differently by various family reports. The information in this biography was stated as found in the source addressed.

The life and times of Sioux County pioneers can be read about in several Sioux County books. “The Story of Sioux County” by Charles Dyk gives a very colorful account of pioneer life with its joys and hardships. The book “Siouxland A History of Sioux County” by Nelson Nieuwenhuis gives great historical accounts of the area. The “1908 Sioux County Atlas” has historical accounts of the various townships of Sioux County.. Also, the ‘Sioux County Iowa digital archives’ newspapers can be googled as such, and can be searched for your ancestors names that could lead to more items of interest in their daily life.

Early newspapers are on line at siouxcounty.advantage-preservation.com/search If the name Pfeffer is searched in a general search from 1874-1905 there are 288 hits. Much can be learned about the family in those years by reading the articles.

ALTON ST. MARY’s CHURCH BOOK page 197 has some recollections of members about the life of J. and N. Pfeiffer Families.
The names of J. Pfeiffer and N. Pfeiffer, are listed among the early records of St. Mary’s Church, but little is know of the family, except as told by older members of our church. Mrs. Elizabeth Henrich List has told that there are three Pfeiffer children buried on St. Mary’s Cemetery, near her parents’ grave. She recalls that Mrs. Pfeiffer mowed the graves, as it was the custom in the very early days for each one to take care of their own cemetery lots. These deaths most likely were caused by a diphtheria epidemic in the early days. The deaths probably occurred prior to the establishment of the church in town, but the graves were moved from the prairie cemetery. Mrs. List says the Pfeiffers lived in the southwest part of Alton but moved away. Ted Joaning told that his father worked for people by the name of Pfeiffer, and that he helped bury an 8 or 9 year old girl who had died from diphtheria . Since the winter weather prevented burial in St. Donatus prairie cemetery, the child was buried near a tree on the farm. The plot has been farmed over for many years, so it is difficult to determine exactly where it is. The farm is in Fredonia Township, Plymouth county, about seven miles south of Alton, and is now farmed by the Ahlers Bros. Among memorabilia of the late Wm. Schnee family is an invitation as follows: Mr. and Mrs. J. Pfeiffer requests your presence at the marriage of their daughter Margaret to John L. Weinert at St. Mary’s Church, Alton Iowa, November 8, 1893, 8:00 a.m.. You are also invited to the wedding dinner and supper at the residence. Reception at the Opera Hall at eight o’clock p.m.

RESEARCH NOTES: From a family history on ancestry.com public member trees, submitted by others other than the compiler of this narrative and not verified by this compiler.
John Nicholas Pfeiffer was born May 28, 1835 Obermetzig,Diekirch, Luxembourg and died 8 Apr 1910 Montana. He was the son of Anton Pfeiffer 1803-1895 and Anna Elisabeth Seller/Seyler 1799-1845. John Pfeiffer married Anna Catherine Schaul in 1872. Three children were listed as Asaprie Anna Pfeffer 1875-1942, Aloysius Pfeffer 1879-1941, and John Pfeiffer 1885. (There were more)

Anna Catherine Schaul was born Mar 23, 1852 Oberfeulen, Diekirch, Luzembourg and died 4 Jun 1911 Spokane, Washington. Her parents were Peter Schaul 1819-1896 and Margaret Wagener 1824-1898.

Find A Grave lists John N. Pheffer born 1835 died 8 Apr 1910 at Galata, Toole county Montana buried Spokane WA wife Catherine Pfeffer two chilren listed as Anna Mary Kass and Aloysius Pfeffer.

1880 Census of Nassau John W. Pfeffer age 45 at Saloon keeper born Luxembourg, wife Kate 28, Children all born in IA; Maggie 8, Anna 4, Felix – son age 2 Aloysius- son 5 mo. Living with them Nicolas Pfeffer 47 a brother.

1885 Iowa State census has John Pfeffer age 49 born Luxembourg lived in Nassau Tsp.Sioux county. Wife Katy age 32, and Children Anny 8 and Aloegeious 4. Nick Pfeffer 50, and Matt Pfeiffer age 32.

1900 census of Nassau Tsp Sioux Cuonty Iowa, Pfeffer, John born May 1835 age 65 married 29 years, born Germany, Came to USA in 1854, a farmer , owned own farm. Wife Catherine born Mar 1852 married 28 year eleven children with 7 living, She came to USA in 1867. Children listed were Aloyoes, son born Oct 1879 Iowa age 20; Felix J. M. Son, born Jun 1885 Iowa ; Lily E. born Sep 1891 age 9 born Iowa; Thoedore age 8 born Jan 1892 Iowa.

CHILDREN of John N. Pfeifer and Anna Catherine Schaul In the 1900 census it was noted that they were the parents of 11 children with 7 living in 1900. They all moved away from Sioux County in the early 1900s so it was rather difficult tracking them down. The two or three little girls who were buried in the Alton cemetery who’s graves were cared for by their mother have not be identified. In the Sep 8, 1881 Sioux County Herald is stated a child of John Pfeffer died last Tuesday.

1. Margaret Pfeffer born Jan 1873 Iowa married John L. Weinert born Mar 1867 married Nov 8, 1893 Alton IA In 1900 they were living in Peru, Lasalle, IL They had a dau in 1900 Emma Weinert 5 yrs old. 1920 the family was in Imperial CA and Later Emma was Emma Buckley in 1930

2. Asaprie Anna M. Pfeffer born Sep 1875 Iowa died Feb 8, 1942 Spokane WA. She married Joseph A. Kass 1864-1917. They had children listed as Edwwin John Kass 1896-1878; Irene M. Kass 1900; Wilfred A. Kass 1904, and Katherine Ann Kass 1910-1959

3. Aloysius Pfeffer born Oct 20 1879 Alton, Iowa died Jul 1, 1941 Spokane WA His wife was Edna Goldman 1895-1918 Their children were Madeline 1916-1997; Lorraine 1918-2011. Aloysius married Loretta Ankenmann 1898-1959 and they had children John 1921-2009; Robert 1922 and William 1926-2008.

4. Felix Pfeiffer born 16 May 1886 Felix Pfeffer age 24 in 1910 living in Beatrice Chouteau Montana, on farm with brothers Theodore 18, and John 21. Felix married Millie E. Clark 24 Aug 1927 at Fort Benton, Chouteau Montana. He died 22 Feb 1962 Napa buried San Bruno, San Mateo Co. CA.

5. John Pfeiffer born about 1889 Iowa age 21 in 1910 living in Beatrice Montana. He died 20 Sep 1913 at Galata, Hill, Montana, parents John N. Pfeffer and Katherine Schaul

6. Lillian ‘Lily’ Pfeffer born 8 Sep 1892/1893 Alton IA died 11 Jul 1989 San Mateo CA. She was married to Stanley Clark Burchfield born 17 Apr 1896 Fairfax MN, married 29 Mar 1917 at North Yakima WA. He died 6 Aug 1974 San Mateo CA. Their children Richard S. Burchfield 1918-1953 and Two other children are indicated but labeled ‘private’.

7. Theodore born Jan 1893 born Alton Iowa living in 1910 with brothers Felix and John at Beatrice Chouteau Montana. He died 13 Nov 1984 Albuquerque, New Mexico. He married Mary Gladys Johnson 1897-1976 in 1927. Their children were: Patricia Pfeffer 1928-2011; Alice Katherine Pfeffer 1933–1987 and one other child.

OBITUARY OF John N. Pfeifer Alton Democrat April 30, 1910
After much delay a letter has reached Alton relatives in regard to the sudden death of John Pieffer an Alton pioneer who has lived at Moscow Idaho for a number of Years. Mr. Pfeffer was killed instantly by a passenger train in Montana — the name of the town where the; accident occurred not being given. Mr. Pfeffer in spite of his years was quite hale and hearty much more so than when here and had insisted on going into Montana with his three sons to take homesteads.
They shipped a car of goods and were unloading them at the station to take to the homesteads. Their car was on a siding and after a wagon was loaded the boys drove on with it. Mr. Pfeffer saying he would walk up to the depot to attend to some business. He stepped around the end of a string of box cars onto the main line just as a passenger train whizzed in. He was on the track before he realized that a train was coming and before he could step off it struck him, His death was instantaneous — many bones being broken in his body. He was not mutilated or cut up and his face looked very natural. The life was simply knocked out of him when the engine hurled him from the track. His sad end is generally regretted and the sympathy of Alton people goes out to his relatives.
( Found in the 1900 census and on familysearch.org John W. Pfeffer born 1835 Germany married 1872 to Katherine Schaul born Mar 1852 Germany. Alosius? 1880, Felix 1889, Lily 1891, and Theodore 1892. In the 1910 census brothers Felix 14, Theodore 18 and John 21 were living at Beatrice Chouteau, Montana USA)

OBITUARY of Katherine Mrs. John N. Pfeiffer 1852-1911
Source: Alton Democrat issue of 8 July 1911 Alton column.
We mentioned in last week's Democrat that Mrs. John Pfeffer of Spokane was seriously ill. Word was received in Alton that Mrs. Pfeffer passed away Sunday July 2nd, 1911. The funeral services were held on Thursday. Mrs. John Pfeffer was a sister of Mrs. Henry Goebel, Mrs. Mike Schroeder and Nic Schaul. The Pfeffers left Alton for the West in 1903. They formerly owned the farm now owned and occupied by Jake Cambier. Mrs. Pfeffer was 59 years old when she died.


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