Schwager, a representative and progressive agriculturist of
Coffins Grove township, is the owner of a rich and productive
farm comprising sixty five acres on section 25. His birth
occurred in New Jersey on the 22d of February, 1855, his parents
being Bernhart and Anna Marie (Richenbacher) Schwager, both of
whom were natives of Baden, Germany. They emigrated to the United
States in 1843 and at the end of a year's residence in New York
settled in New Jersey, where they remained for two years. On the
expiration of that period they removed to Kane county, Illinois,
and there spent the remainder of their lives. Their children were
six in number, as follows: Augustus; Jacob, of this review; Anna;
and three who are deceased.
Jacob Schwager attended the common schools in the
acquirement of an education, and when he had attained his
majority took charge of the home farm, continuing its operation
successfully until 1892. In that year he came to Delaware county,
Iowa, and he and his brothers purchased three hundred and fifty
acres of land on section 21, Coffins Grove township, to the
further cultivation and improvement of which they devoted their
attention, erecting substantial and commodious buildings thereon.
Sixteen years ago they sold and Jacob Schwager removed to
Manchester and retired.
Eight years ago he bought his present farm of
sixty five acres, remodeled the residence and built up a fine
place. In connection with the production of cereals he makes a
specialty of the raising of Jersey cattle and in all of his
undertakings as an agriculturist is meeting with well deserved
success. His present prosperity has come as the direct reward of
his industry and enterprise, and he may justly lay claim to
recognition as a self made man.
In 1900 Mr. Schwager was united in marriage
to Miss Myrtle L. Walters, who was born in Delaware county, Iowa,
March 2, 1876, her parents being Illiad and Sarah (Purdy)
Walters, natives of Pennsylvania and New York respectively. They
came to Iowa in an early day, taking up their abode in Delaware
county. The father now makes his home in Black Hawk county, this
state, but the mother has passed away. Mrs. Schwager, their only
surviving child, pursued high and normal school courses and
followed the profession of teaching for three years prior to her
marriage. She is the mother of one daughter, Anna F., whose natal
day was January 20, 1908.
Since age conferred upon him the right of
franchise Mr. Schwager has supported the men and measures of the
republican party, but the honors and emoluments of office have
never had any attraction for him. Fraternally he is identified
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Lodge No.
149, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in
the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs.
He is a man of exemplary character, reliable in business,
progressive in citizenship and faithful to all ties and
obligations, and he commands and holds the confidence and regard
of all who are associated with him.