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Daniel J. Schnittjer

Farmer & Stockman

Delhi Township



       Daniel J. Schnittjer resides upon a valuable and productive farm of one hundred and ninety seven and one half acres, situated on section 8, Delhi township, and follows general farming, giving particular attention to the raising of full blooded cattle and hogs. He was born in Bremen township, this county, June 19, 1878, a son of Lammert and Albertina (Rafoth) Schnittjer. The father was born in the kingdom of Hanover, Germany, May 12, 1850, a son of Tonjes and Anyje (Folkers) Schnittjer, both of whom died in Germany in 1866, the former in June of that year and the latter in August. To their union were born five children, four of whom are living. The brothers and sisters of Lammert Schnittjer were; Johanna, the widow of J. R. Yelden, who passed away May 16, 1905; Anna, who married Hije Specht, a resident of Germany; Recka, the deceased wife of Peter MyBurg, who also lives in the fatherland; and Rene, who married Henry Bruns, of Oldenburg, Germany.

     Lammert Schnittjer came to the United States in 1869, landing in Baltimore on the 25th of April of that year. He immediately made his way westward and for four months lived ion Madison county, Illinois, but at the end of that time came to Manchester, Iowa, where he worked for John Schilling for a time. He and Jacob Mangold were subsequently employed in a stave factory for one year. At the end of that time Mr. Schnittjer rented a farm in Prairie township, which he operated for about three years, but in 1873 he entered into partnership with Barney Wienstofer and they purchased a brickyard at Manchester, which they conducted for one season. The following year they sold out and Mr. Schnittjer operated rented land in Delaware county for two years, living with a brother in law. On the 3d of October, 1877 he was united in marriage to Albertina Rafoth, a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Woodrick) Rafoth, both natives of Germany, as was also their daughter Albertina. The family emigrated to the United States in 1862 and settled in Dubuque, Iowa, and the father died in Earlville, March 15, 1911. Mrs. Rafoth is living in Earlville, this county. To Mr. and Mrs. Lammert Schnittjer were born five children: Daniel J., the subject of this review; Ida, who married Louis Bradke, of Delhi township, and passed away at the age of twenty five; Tonjes L. and William H., at home; and Etta J., who married Howard Reed, of Bremen township, by whom she has one child, Verseilles, born September 9, 1910. Mr. Reed is the manager of the Bear Grove Creamery and is a prosperous young business man. Lammert Schnittjer has resided upon his farm of two hundred and ninety one acres in Delhi township for twenty two years and has made all of the improvements upon the place. He erected a good house and barn and has done many other things to enhance the value and attractiveness of his property. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Arkansas.

       Daniel J. Schnittjer received his education in the public schools of Earlville and after his marriage began the cultivation of land on his own account. He has prospered as the years have passed and now owns one hundred and ninety seven acres of fine land on section 8, Delhi township, one mile north of the town of Delhi. The place is the old Boomer farm on the county road and as it is so close to Delhi the hauling of grain and stock to the market is an easy task compared with the labor that it took in pioneer days when the roads were poor and a railroad station twenty five or more miles distance. Mr. Schnittjer feeds most of the grain raised upon his place to his stock as he is an extensive breeder of full blooded Holstein Friesian cattle and Duroc Jersey hogs. He finds this method very efficient and profitable and as he is judicious in his investments his resources are constantly increasing.

       On the 2d of October, 1901, Mr. Schnittjer was married to Miss Rhoda B. Pulver, a daughter of Bradley and Eliza (Jackson) Pulver, the former a native of Ohio. The mother was born in England and accompanied her parents to this country when a child of five years. To Mr. and Mrs. Schnittjer have been born five children, namely: Howard D., Geneva M., Harry T., Maynard B. and Ava.

       From January 1, 1906, to January 1, 1910, Mr. Schnittjer was road superintendent of his township and under his care the highways were kept in excellent condition. He has been influenced in raising the standard of stock bred in the county and at the same time has won individual success. He has many friends who value his regard and esteem highly, as they know him to be a man of sincere devotion to what he believes to be just and right.        



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 496-497. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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