John Schumann, of Hayes township, was born in Scott county, Iowa, May 12. 1869, and has devoted his life to farming. His efforts have been crowned with success, as is indicated by a beautiful place which pays liberal tribute to his energy and care. He is of German descent on both sides of the house, a son of Nicholas and Johanna (Peekenschneider) Schumann.
The father came to America in 1858 or 1859, before his marriage, and first took up his residence in Scott county, Iowa. Later he removed to Crawford county and located on land six and one-half miles south of West Side in Hayes township. He improved his farm and there died in 1893. The mother is still living on the old home place.
There were twelve children in their family, namely: Catherine, who is the wife of Fred Schrum, of Audubon county, Iowa; Frederick, who is living on a farm west of Manning; John, of this review; Elizabeth, the wife of John Reimers, of Carroll county, Iowa; Caroline, who married Herman Fankon, of Manning; Adelia, the wife of John Martins; Rosa, who married John Johanson, of Nebraska; Amelia, now Mrs. William Coberg, of Denison, Iowa; Henry, who is at home; Charles, of Manning; and Clara and August, both of whom are also at home.
As a member of a large family John Schumann early learned the great lesson of self-denial and also the necessity of labor in the accomplishment of any worthy object. He received his preliminary education in the common schools, and as he grew to maturity gained a thorough knowledge of agriculture and stock raising. At twenty-one years of age he began renting land on his own account and so continued until 1909, when he purchased two hundred and ten acres in Hayes township, which under his careful management yields goodly returns.
In 1890 Mr. Schumann was married to Miss Amelia Ewoldt, and six children came to bless this union: Elsie, Laura, Lewis, Elizabeth, Leroy and Edwin, all of whom are at home.
In politics Mr. Schumann gives his allegiance to the democratic party and believes that in so doing he is advancing the welfare of the state and nation. He is an advocate of the principles of fraternity and is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of Pythias lodges, both of West Side. He and his wife are earnest members of the German Lutheran church and by their example of industry and self-reliance have won the high regard of their neighbors and acquaintances.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.