Jacob Schafbuch has gained more than ordinary success as an agriculturist and has acquired title to seven hundred
and sixty one acres of productive land. He specializes in stock raising and is known as one of the leading stockmen
of Iowa county. A native of Germany, he was born on the 10th of August, 1849, and is a son of Jacob and Margaret
(Gahring) Schafbuch, both likewise natives of the fatherland. In 1852 they came with their family to America and
first settled in the state of New York, whence, after two years, they removed to Dubuque county, Iowa, where the
father turned his attention to farming. In 1863 they took up their residence on a farm in Sumner township, Iowa
county, which the father had purchased, and there they continued to reside during the remainder of their lives.
Six of the eight children born to them survive.
Jacob Schafbuch remained at home until he was twenty two years of age and was then married, after which he located
on his present home farm on section 22, Sumner township. His first farm comprised forty acres, given him by his
father, but as the years passed and material prosperity rewarded his labor he bought additional land and now holds
title to seven hundred and sixty one acres, all of which is improved. Nothing is lacking in the way of equipment
that would add to the efficiency of his work, and his residence is commodious and attractive. He gives especial
attention to the raising and feeding of stock and has found that occupation very remunerative.
Mr. Schafbuch married Miss Frederika Nitza, who was born July 4, 1849, in Germany. Her father, Conrad Nitza, passed
away two weeks after arriving in Buffalo, New York, leaving a widow and daughter, while a little son died the day
previous. The mother subsequently married John Gahring, likewise a native of Germany, and they became residents
of Iowa county, where both were living when called to the great beyond. To Mr. and Mrs. Schafbuch have been born
nine children: John C.; Anna M, the wife of George J. Rathjen; Martha S., who married John M. Rathjen; W. H.; Charles
E.; Mary M., who is deceased; Jacob P.; George E. and Harry C.
Mr. Schafbuch is a democrat and has served as school director and road supervisor. He gives his religious allegiance
to the Reformed church, in the work of which he takes a praiseworthy interest. When he started out in life on his
own account he possessed much ambition and determination to succeed but had little capital, and the financial independence
which he has gained is the direct result of his careful attention to business, his energy and wise management of
his affairs. His business dealings have been open and above board and there has never been any question as to his
integrity or honesty.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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