1838 — 1911
The Passing of Adam Schneider.
Adam Schneider was born at Relbehausen, Germany, July 20, 1838, and died at his home in Garner, Iowa, Sunday evening, December 10, 1911, aged 74 years, 7 months and 20 days.
There was union funeral service in the English M. E. church at 3:00 p. m. Tuesday. Rev. Sauerman offered prayer, Rev. McConnell read the word in English, Rev. Schneider of Klemme read the word in German, Rev. Klaus read the history after which Rev. Keck preached in English, followed by Rev. Klaus who spoke in German. The music was furnished by the German Methodist choir. The burial was in Concord cemetery.
Every seat in the church was occupied. The floral offerings from friends were profuse.
When decedent was nine years old his parents moved to the United States and settled in Clayton county. Soon after coming to this country he experienced religion and joined the German M. E. church, which church he was a constant member of and worker in until the time of his death.
In 1862 deceased was united in marriage with Miss Mary Sutter. This union was blessed with seven children: John, Charles, Herman, Alonzo, Lydia, Lizette and Katherine. His first wife died in 1878. Early in the year of 88 he moved to Garner and in April of that year was married to Miss Henrietta Helweg [sic]. To this union were born two children, a boy who died in infancy, and Ethylyn who survives him.
Soon after coming to Garner he in company with his brothers, William and Dr. H. T. Schneider, engaged in general merchandise which they soon broadened to take in hardware and groceries. They were dong a flourishing business when we came to Garner in 90. Later he withdrew from the business and engaged in the elevator business which he followed until about two years ago when his health commenced to fail. Since that time he has been engaged in the lighter work of buying and shipping hay.
Last Sunday afternoon he returned from Mason City and soon complained of not feeling well. He lay down upon the couch and quietly and peacefully passed away in the evening.
The above history does not portray to our readers the real worth of the man, Adam Schneider. He was a man of most exemplary habits and high christian character. During his whole life he labored earnestly for the upbuilding of his church, the honest enlargement of his business and the advancement and success of the town in which he lived, a kind neighbor, charitable to his neighbors short comings and substantially helpful to the poor; strictly honest and an untiring worker at whatever he undertook to accomplish. Such a man was sure to have hosts of friends and to be respected and beloved by all who knew him. As a christian gentleman we have seldom known his equal. Like the apostle Paul he fought a good fight, he kept the faith, he finished the course. We could wish to emulate his life and would choose to die such a death. From personal conversation with him we know his passing was what he ardently desired and wished for. In a conversation quite recently he told us that he would like to work until the last. His prayer was granted; a kind and affectionate father, a faithful and loving husband gone. His wife and eight children survive him, all of whom were present at the funeral except Lydia who lives in California.
The following parties from abroad were present at Adam Schneider's funeral: Conrad Schneider Charles City, Mrs. Sarah Schneider, Alma Schneider and Mr. and Mrs. Quint Rupp, Monona, Iowa, E. W. Helwig [sic] and Phil Webster and family, Minneapolis, Lon Schneider and family Lisbon, N. Dak., Richard Baldwin and family Ft Dodge, Iowa, Mrs. Ed Goodhile and S. A. Schneider, Mason City, Mr. and Mrs. James Schneider Goodell, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gruetzmacher, Klemme.
Source: Hancock County Democrat, Thursday, 14 December 1911; page 4, column 4.
Digital copy courtesy of John H. Hellweg.
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