Biography - Daniel Schneider
DANIEL SCHNEIDER. Among the native born citizens of Monroe County we name Daniel Schneider, who is one of the prosperous land owners on section 22, township 1 south, ranges 9 and 10 west. He was born on the place where he now resides, October 19, 1845. Peter and Margaret (Weber) Schneider, the parents of our subject, were natives of Germany, and the father was a farmer by occupation, in connection with which he carried on the trade of a wagon-maker for about fifteen years prior to coming to this country' in 1842. He immediately located in this county, and was enabled to purchase seventy-seven acres of raw land, which he improved and cultivated, and to which he added from time to time, at his death possessing three hundred and thirty-five acres. He and his worthy wife were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and passed from this life in 1890 and 1873 respectively.
Our subject is one in a family of eight children born to his parents, five of whom were born in Germany. They are: David and Catherina, deceased; Margaret; Christian, deceased; Louis; Caroline, deceased; Daniel, our subject; and Peter. Daniel received his education in the village schools of Columbia, and at the same time assisted his father in the farm duties. He remained under the parental roof until attaining manhood, when he purchased of his father ninety-seven acres of land, for which he went in debt §1,000, and which is still in his possession. Here he is engaged in active agricultural pursuits, and he has made of his place one of the finest in the township. The marriage of Daniel Schneider and Miss Caroline Kretch took place in 1868, and to them were born ten children, three of whom died when quite young. The surviving are named Minnie, Herman, Julius, Emma, Willie, Bertha and Carrie. They are all attending school in Columbia and are gaining good educations. Mrs. Schneider was born in Germany in 1851 and came to the United States with her parents, settling in Monroe County. She and her husband are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in good standing and fellowship. Politically Mr. Schneider is a member of the Democratic party, and in the fall of 1893 was chosen by his party as a member of the City School Board of Columbia.
Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois, published in 1894, page 421.