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From the 1973 "History of Oelwein, Iowa"

George Schneider


           George Andrew Jackson Schneider was the fifth child born to Elizabeth Burch and Michael Schneider who were married August 23, 1855. (It was one of the first marriages to take place in Jefferson Township.)
           George A. J. was born December 8, 1863, on a farm a mile and a half north of the present town of Oelwein. He was nine years old when Oelwein was first platted.
           Before Oelwein was started he vividly recalled trips by wagon to Independence for groceries, McGregor for lumber, fire-wood and saw-logs from "Corn Hill" near Arlington and mail from Otsego. He remembered the moving of the postoffice to the present site of the Mealey Hotel and the big fire of 1887.
           On March 15, 1887, he married Jane Smith (daughter of Samuel and Hanna (Parke) Smith). They had nine children. Of those, only two survive, Cecil R. Schneider and Dorothy (Mrs. Ben) Jenkins, both of Oelwein. The late Art Schneider, a well-known businessman was one of the children.
           George A. J. Schneider died December 11, 1953, at the age of 90 years after spending his entire life in the vicinity of Jefferson Township and Oelwein.
From the Oelwein Register, December 1953.

Sunday Funeral For George Schneider


          Sunday funeral services will be conducted for George Andrew Schneider, 90, who died Friday at Mercy Hospital at 2:35 p.m. Mr. Schneider had been hospitalized for two days.
          Dr. J. F. DeLong will officiate at the 2:30 p.m. services at Brant Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. The body lies in state at Brant Funeral Home.
          Mr. Schneider, a retired farmer, was born Dec. 5, 1863, in Fayette county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schneider. A lifelong resident of the state, he moved to Oelwein 43 years ago after farming in this vicinity.
          He married Jane Smith who died and then was remarried to Adeline Horton.
          Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ben (Dorothy) Jenkins, and five sons; Art and Cecil Schneider, Oelwein; Lee, Mankato, Minn.; Ray, St. Paul, Minn.; and Ivan, Sioux Rapids, Minn. Two step-children; J. R. Richard and Mrs. Martin Poggenklass, both of Oelwein, also survive.
          Mr. Schneider was preceded in death by his wife Adeline May 11, 1939, and by two sons, Don and Harold and a daughter, Florence.
          He was a member of the REGISTER'S Three Quarter Century Club.


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