Herman Theodore Schneider
1844 — 1932
Dr. Herman T. Schneider was born in Hess-Castel, Germany, 1 April 8, 1844. His parents, Henry and Catherine (Eifert) Schneider, emigrated to the United States in 1848, landing in New Orleans; from thence went to McGregor, Iowa, then but a small village, and located in Giard Township, eight miles west of McGregor, where Mr. Schneider entered a large tract of land and made a farm, where he still resides, being one of the pioneers of Clayton County. The Doctor was reared on a farm, receiving a primary education in the county school. When eighteen years of age he commenced reading medicine under Dr. E. Walther, of Giard, who afterward removed to Garnavillo. He then attended Warrenton College, at Warrenton, Mo., continuing his studies for one year; afterward attended two courses of lectures at Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, Ill. He married Louisa, a daughter of Rev. P. Helwig. She was born in Farmington, in Van Buren County, Iowa, March 25, 1849. Mr. and Mrs. Schneider are the parents of three children—Clara, Alfred and Ella May. Soon after his marriage Dr. Schneider located in Colesburg, Delaware County, Iowa, where he followed his profession for seven years, and in the winters of 1877 and '78 attended another course of lectures, when he graduated, having previously located in Monona. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. lodges of Monona. Dr. and Mrs. Schneider are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has never taken a very active interest in politics, but has devoted all his energies and talents to his chosen profession, in the practice of which he has met with marked success.
Source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; Together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. History of Iowa, Embracing Accounts of the Pre-historic Races, Aborigines, French, English and American Conquests, and a General Review of its Civil, Political and Military History (Chicago, Illinois: Inter-state Publishing Company, 1882); page 1,060.
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney. Borrowed with permission from the Clayton County IAGenWeb web site at <http://www.sharylscabin.com/Clayton/biographies/schneider_ht.htm>.
I believe the phrase "Hess-Castel" is a reference to Kurhessen, an abbreviated term for Kurfürstentum Hessen (English: Electorate of Hesse; French: L'électorat de Hesse ), a state created by Napoleon in 1803 from the Landgrafschaft Hessen-Kassel (English: Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel ). Between 1807 and 1814 it was annexed by the French to the Royaume de Westphalie (German: Königreich Westphalen; English: Kingdom of Westphalia ) and was ruled by Napoleon's brother, Jérôme Bonaparte. It was restored in 1814. In 1866, it was again annexed and became Provinz Hessen-Nassau in the Königreich Preußen (English: Kingdom of Prussia ).
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