Crawford County, Iowa, IAGenWeb


Henry Schoessler

Twenty-five years ago Henry Schoessler arrived in Crawford county and since his boyhood he has been actively connected with agricultural pursuits in this county. He is now the owner of a valuable farm in West Side township which yields rich harvests and under his skillful management is each year increasing in value.

Like many other prosperous farmers of Iowa, he is a native of Germany, born March 18, 1872, a son of Conrad and Dora (Simon) Schoessler. The family emigrated to America in 1885 and located in Crawford county, Iowa, The father, who was a farmer, passed away June 6, 1905, but the beloved mother is still living and makes her home at West Side. There were eight children in their family, five of whom survive.

Henry Schoessler received his early education in the excellent public schools of Germany and came with his parents to Crawford county at the age of thirteen. He grew to manhood on his father's farm and in 1903 purchased the place which he now owns on section 23, West Side township. It comprises two hundred and forty acres and being a man of industrious habits and also a good business manager Mr. Schoessler has brought his farm to an excellent state of cultivation and has one of the valuable properties of the township. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock for the market.

In 1900 Mr. Schoessler was united in marriage to Miss Anna Bomhoft, who was born in Germany, April 21, 1881, and is a daughter of John and Bertha Bornhoft. She came to America with her parents, who are now living in this county.

Four children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Schoessler: Walter H., who was born July 7, 1901; Hattie A., born July 28, 1903; Arthur c., born November 24, 1904; and Leonard, born May 16, 1906.

Mr. Schoessler is blessed with genial social qualities and has made many friends in Crawford county, where he has lived for more than twenty-five years. He is at the head of a hospitable home and is in the enjoyment of an abundance which is the direct result of his unswerving industry and perseverance. Politically he is allied with the democratic party and is an earnest supporter of that organization. Fraternally he holds membership in Lodge No. 2991, M. W. A., and is now serving as escort in that order. He is also a member of the Masonic lodge at West Side and he and his wife are valued members of the Lutheran church.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.