Although comparatively a recent arrival in Crawford county, George Schneider is well established upon his farm and is one of the prosperous citizens of Boyer township. displaying an energy and ability in the management of his business which have produced goodly returns for the time and labor employed.
He was born in Stephenson county, Illinois. August 29, 1871, a son of Ernest and Johanna (Kab) Schneider. both of whom were born in Germany. The father came to the United States at the age of sixteen and the mother when she was fourteen years of age. Three years after his arrival he offered his services to his adopted country and fought as a soldier for the Union from 1863 until the close of the war. He participated in several important battles and underwent many hardships, but never failed to respond to the call of duty.
After the war he engaged in farming in Illinois until 1883 and then removed to Custer county, Nebraska, where he lived until 1896. He then removed to Atlanta, Georgia, and is now making his horne in that city. The mother passed away in 1883. There were fourteen children in the family, eleven of whom grew to maturity, namely: Ernest, now living in Nebraska; Lillie, a resident of Oconto, Nebraska; Barbara, also of Oconto; George, of this review; John, who lives in Boyer township; Lawrence, who is a farmer and lives near Moorehead in Harrison county, Iowa; Susie, of Oconto; Anna, of Deadwood, South Dakota; Louise, of Boyer township; Pearl, whose whereabouts are unknown; and Lizzie, twin sister of Pearl, deceased.
George Schneider received his education in the public schools and after arriving at manhood began farming in Pottawattamie county, Iowa, where he continued for four years. In 1895 he removed to Dunlap, Iowa, where he farmed for two years, after which he took up his residence in Council Bluffs. In 1907 he bought eighty acres of land in Boyer township, Crawford county, upon which he established his home. He has greatly improved his place and engages in raising cereals and also in stock-breeding, handling a good grade of animals.
In 1894 Mr. Schneider was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Handke and they have four children, Walter Edward, Bertha, Edward William and Esther Emma.
Politically he is in thorough sympathy with the republican party and gives to it his hearty support. He has served with acceptance as road supervisor of his township for one term. In religious belief he is Lutheran and fraternally he is identified with the lodge of Modern Woodmen of America at Underwood and the Eagles of Sioux City. Being of a social disposition, he readily makes friends and is greatly esteemed for his frank and genial manner. A man of intelligence and application, his success in his chosen calling is assured, and it is evident that he made no mistake in locating within the friendly limits of Crawford county.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.