Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 571-72.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Herman Schuman

Herman Schuman, who gives his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits in Coon township, where he owns an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres, was born in Newell township, Buena Vista county, Iowa, February 11. 1886.  His father, William Schuman, who was a native of Germany, served in the army of that country before his emigration to the new world.  He arrived in the United States at the time of the close of the Civil war and took up his abode near Newell, Iowa, first becoming connected with farming interests as a renter. Subsequently he removed to Minnesota but after carrying on agricultural pursuits there for some time, he returned lo Buena Vista county and here continued to reside until called to his final rest on the 8th of February, 1904, his demise being deeply regretted by many friends as well as his immediate family.  His widow, who still survives him, has attained the age of sixty-five years and is a devoted member of the German Methodist Episcopal church.  She makes her home with her son Herman, and the record of her other children is as follows:  William, who is engaged in farming in Coon township; Amelia, the wife of James Day; Amos, a dairyman residing in North Dakota; Lena, the wife of William Norm; John, who is also an agriculturist of Coon township; Annie, who is the wife of Fred Homnor; Carrie, the wife of John Kemp; and Emma, the wife of Arthur Blank, who is engaged in the butchering business.


Herman Schuman attended the district schools until fourteen years of age and, having early become familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, he then devoted his entire attention to the work of assisting his father in the operation of the home farm until the latter's death.  As before stated, he now owns and operates one hundred and sixty acres of well improved and valuable land, which he has brought under a high state of cultivation through the utilization of modern and progressive methods of farming.  In addition to raising the cereals best adapted to the soil and climate he also grows fruit to some extent and, though still a young man, has already gained an enviable reputation as a prosperous agriculturist and public-spirited citizen of his native county.