Christian Schnoor, who for twenty years was closely identified with the agricultural interests of Crawford county but is now living in Schleswig, was born in Germany on the 16th of October, 1856. His parents, Jurgen and Doris (Bermaster) Schnoor, were also natives of Germany, and it was there Mrs, Schnoor passed away. The father came to America in 1874 and located in Davenport, where he continued to reside until his demise at the age of about seventy years. Four children were born unto Mr. and Mrs. Schnoor, the son Christian being the youngest. The others are as follows: Henry, who is deceased; Christina, who became the wife of Hans Schmidt, of Scott county; and John, who is residing in the same place.
Christian Schnoor was but a youth of seventeen years when he left his native land, in the common schools of which he obtained his education. Upon his arrival in the United States he made his way westward and located in Davenport, Iowa, where he obtained employment as a farm hand. He continued in that occupation for seven years and during that time, by means of the sterling qualities of thrift, energy and perseverance, which characterize the Teutonic nation, acquired the means necessary to enable him to become a property owner. He therefore bought eighty acres of land on section 3, Morgan township, where he engaged in general farming. During his long years of service he had learned much of agricultural methods as pursued in America, and being an observing man, was now able to benefit, from the experience of his former employers.
He used good judgment and intelligence in the direction of his work and the result was profitable returns from his harvests. He removed to Schleswig in 1901 and is now renting his farm. He owns property in Schleswig and is interested in various other things. Although he is enjoying the mental ease and physical comfort always assured by a competence, he is not leading an idle life always being busily engaged in some pursuit.
Mr. Schnoor's fraternal relations are confined to membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his political allegiance is always given to the republican party, as he considers that its policy is best adapted to subserve the interests of the majority. He does not actively participate in municipal affairs, not being an aspirant for public office, but he always complies with the requirements of good citizenship by casting a ballot at all elections. During the long period of his residence in Crawford county he has made many friends whose esteem he retains.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.