Schneider. Prominent among the citizens of
Clayton County who have received at the hands of the
people a recognition of their sterling worth and ability
is the subject of this biographical sketch. He is a
self-made man in every respect and has held numerous
positions of trust and honor during the years that are
past and gone. The parents of our subject were Mick and
Rena (Baumgardner) Schneider, natives of Switzerland.
They never emigrated from their native land. Five
children were born to them, Joseph, John, Jacob, Wolrick
Joseph Schneider was born in Switzerland, January 6,
1827. He was married there in 1860 to Miss Mary Pfarrer,
a daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Marti) Pfarrer, who were
both natives of Switzerland. Mrs. Schneider was born at
the same place in 1838. The following children have
blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Schneider; Josie,
Rachel, George S., Rosa, Louisa, Louie, Fred and Celcia.
Our subject emigrated to America in the year 1855, and
after a long voyage landed in New York City, where he
remained for a short time, when he came to Clayton
County, Iowa, were he and his two brothers purchased one
hundred and sixty acres of land, on which they worked for
six years, when our subject sold his interest and bought
forty acres. This he cultivated for six years and then
disposed of it and purchased one hundred and fifty acres
of his present homestead, on which he now resides. He has
since increased it to eight hundred and ninety acres.
Mr. Schneider was School Director of this township for
five years. He is a member of the Dunkard church and is a
helpful and earnest citizen, interested in the
advancement of public affairs. In politics he is a solid
Democrat, and votes his party ticket with a firm belief
in the correctness of its policy.
This in brief is an outline sketch of one of Clayton
County's highly respected citizens. He came here when the
county was in its early infancy, and has seen it grow to
its present proportions. Its success and prosperity are
in a great measure due to such men, who like Mr.
Schneider have an abiding faith in the future development
of this great state, and who are not slow to urge and
assist in every possible manner the advancement of its
interests by inviting capital, enterprise and emigration
to find a home within the borders of Clayton County.