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Phil Schaller 1838-1911


Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 11/28/2019 at 05:21:58

Evening Times-Republican, Saturday, Jul 22, 1911, Marshalltown, IA, Page: 4



Special to the Times Republican
Sac City, July 22-Hon. Phil Schaller, one of the most prominent citizens of Sac City and well known throughout the state, died at 2:10 Friday afternoon at Earlville, where he was visiting, having left Sac City last Sunday to attend his sisters funeral at Dubuque. He had been in poor health for sometime and his death was not entirely unexpected.

Mr. Schaller was known throughout the state as a pioneer settlor, veteran of the Civil War and politician.

Mr. Schaller was a delegate at large to the Republican at St. Louis in 1896. At one time he was department commander of the G. A. R. of Iowa. Among the important offices held in the country were supervisor, county treasurer and a member of the Twenty-first General Assembly. For two terms he was mayor of Sac City. He was one of the organizer of Sac City Institute and for many years one of its Trustees.

Mr. Schaller was born Jan. 6, 1838 in Alsace, Germany, and at the age of 16 years, came to America, first locating in eastern states. In 1854 he removed to Iowa and enlisted Aug. 8, 1862, in Company E, Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry. Mr. Schaller was in service until July 1, 1865

After the war he located in Clayton County, and engaged in the wagon business in which he continued to 1871, when he settled on a farm in Eden Township, Sac County. The village of Schaller, in this county, was named in honor of him by the Northwestern Railroad Company. Mr. Schaller was married in October, 1865, to Miss Emeline L. Knight, of Clayton County, who died several years ago. He was later remarried to Mrs. Catherine Fishman, who with his two daughters, Mrs. F. S. Needham, of Sac City, and Mrs. E. P. Hartman, of Lake View survives.

He was a member of the Rose Croix Commander, No. 38, K. T., and the D. M. Consistory and the shrine and was Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of A. F. and A. M. of Iowa.

Marshalltown, IA, Page: 4

Born in the Fatherland on January 6, 1838, he came to America at an early age and in May, 1859, became a naturalized citizen.

He was a sergeant in Company E., Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry where he served until the close of the war. When he was mustered from service he returned to his former home in Clayton County. In 1872, however, he moved to Sac County and became one of the prominent and substantial businessmen of Sac City. He served on the board of supervisors of Sac County, was county treasurer for eight years, was a member of the Twenty first General Assembly, and served for two terms as Mayor of Sac City.

Mr. Schaller was for many years active and zealous in promoting the interest of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was the "dominating spirit" of the local Post at Sac City, and in 1893 became Department Commander -- an office to which he gave much time and valuable service.

Throughout his long career Mr. Schaller was known for his philanthropic spirit, and his willingness to aid a comrade in need. He died at his home in Earlville, on June 21, 1912, at the age of seventy three.


---------------------Honorable Phil Schaller
Honorable Phil Schaller was a representative of Sac county to the Twenty-first General Assembly. He moved to Eden Township, Sac county in 1871, and to Sac city in 1878 when he became County Treasurer for eight years. He also served as a county supervisor and was mayor of Sac City for two terms. In 1896 he was a voting delegate to the Republican National convention in St. Louis. Phil Schaller was born in Woerth, Alsac Loraine, in 1838 and came to the United States at the age of 16 and settled in Clayton County, Iowa.

He was naturalized at Garnavillo, and in 1862 he enlisted in the Co.E., 27the Iowa Infantry, and served 3 years to the end of the civil War. He was active in the western battles - Steele's Arkansas expedition, the Meridian campaign, Red River Campaign, Smith's expedition to Tupelo and Oxford, pursuit of Price through Arkansas and Missouri, Battle of Nashville, and Movile Campaign.

After the war he returned to Clayton County as a wagon maker and soon thereafter married Emeline L. Knight. In 1871, the Schallers with their two daughters, Losisa and Eugenie, came to a farm in Eden township north of Early on Highway 71. His wife's parents, Jonathan Knights, also settled in Eden.

Mr. Schaller worked with the Iowa Railroad Land company and was Right of Way Agent for the Chicago and Milwaukee R.R. when it was built into Sac City. The town of Schaller was named after him in honor of his services.

Phil Schaller, was especially proud of his membership in Gen.W.T. Sherman Post No. 284, Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was state commander. He was active in the Presbyterian Church and the lodges. He helped start the Sac City Institute, and was trustee there as well as of Buena Vista. He had interests in several banks. He was a member of rose Croix Commandery No.38, Knights Templar and the Des Moines Consistory and the Shrine, and was grand treasurer of the Grand Lodge of AF and Am of Iowa.

While Phil Schaller came from France, his wife's family came to the United States in 1653, with several descendents serving in the American Revolution. After his first wife's death, he married Mrs. P. Fishman. She continued living in his Main Street home many years after his death. Much of the original interior beauty has been preserved.


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