Martin Schneider, a representative agriculturist and well known citizen of Buchanan county, who has here resided
for a period covering thirty six years, owns and operates an excellent farm embracing one hundred and sixty acres
on section 21, Newton township, and also owns other land in that township. His birth occurred in Dubuque county,
Iowa, in July, 1861, his parents being Christian and Catherine (Buck) Schneider, both of whom were natives of Germany.
The father emigrated to the United States in an early day, locating in Dubuque county, Iowa, where he purchased
and improved a farm which he operated until 1878. In that year he came to Buchanan county and bought a tract of
land in Newton township, which he improved and in the cultivation of which he was actively engaged throughout the
remainder of his life. His demise occurred in 1892, while his wife was called to her final rest in 1894.
Martin Schneider accompanied his parents on their removal to this county, and remained at home until he had attained
his majority. Subsequently he devoted his attention to the cultivation of rented land for three years, and on the
expiration of that period purchased a farm of two hundred acres in Newton township in association with his brother.
He cultivated the property for five years and then sold his interest, purchasing a farm of one hundred and sixty
acres on section 21, Newton township, which he improved and which he has operated continuously and successfully
since. In 1909 he bought another farm of one hundred and twenty acres on sections 16 and 17, Newton township, which
is being operated by his sons. In connection with the cultivation of cereals he also devotes consideration attention
to livestock interests, buying hogs, sheep and cattle at the town of Kiene. He is likewise a factor in financial
circles as vice president and a stockholder of the Walker Exchange Bank of Walker, Iowa.
On December 12, 1882, Mr. Schneider was united in marriage to Miss Martha M. Hoover, a daughter of Samuel and Fulda
(Cummings) Hoover, both of whom were natives of Ohio. The father came to Buchanan county, Iowa, in an early day
with his parents, the family taking up their abode among the first settlers here. Samuel Hoover operated a farm
in Newton township throughout his active business career. Both he and his wife are deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Schneider
have been born four children, as follows: Nettie passed away in May, 1911, and was the wife of Victor Hocken, an
agriculturist of Newton township. They had a daughter named Elva, who makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Schneider.
George W. and Nelson M. operate their father 's farm, and Ida L. is at home.
In his political views Mr. Schneider is a stanch republican. He acted as trustee of Newton township for a period
of seven years and has also served as school director for a number of years, ever proving a most capable and trustworthy
public official. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to the lodge
at Troy Mills, while his religious faith is that of the Congregational church. He possesses many qualities that
have commended him to the friendship and kindly regard of all with whom he has come in contact and he has long
been numbered among the valued and representative residents of his community.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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