Biography of John D. Schlotterback
Marion County, IA Biographies





John Davie Schlotterback is at present county auditor and has demonstrated his fitness for public office by the conscientiousness and capability with which he has discharged the duties devolving upon him. He was born in Knoxville, Iowa, on the 13th of March, 1860, a son of Michael and Johanna (Toler) Schiotterback, natives of Ohio and Indiana respectively. The paternal grandfather was John Schiotterback, a resident of Pennsylvania of German descent. He was a carpenter by trade and went to Ohio in the early days of the history of that state. In the 'sos he came to Iowa and located in this county, where he resided until his death. His wife lived to reach the remarkable age of one hundred years.

Michael Schlotterback removed to Iowa about 1851 and located in Wapello county, where he remained for a year, but in 1852 he came to this county, where he devoted his time to farming. In that same year, however, he went west to California, remaining in the Golden state for seven years, at the end of which time he returned to Marion county, Iowa. For a considerable period of time he followed agricultural pursuits in Knoxville township, but a number of years before his death he retired and made his home with a daughter. On the 27th of April, 1911, he passed away at the venerable age of ninety two years. He was a democrat in his political belief. His wife, who died in 1899, was a daughter of William and Annie (Spencer) Toler, who removed from Tennessee to Indiana and lived there until their deaths. Her father was a blacksmith by trade. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schlotterback were married in the Hoosier state. To their union were born six children: Dale, who died when eighteen years of age; Elizabeth, the wife of Samuel Wilson, formerly an agriculturist of the county and now a resident of Bentonville, Arkansas; Ellen, who died in 1875; Lucy, who passed away in 1884; John D., of this review; and William, who died in 1891.

John Davie Schlotterback was reared upon the home farm and received that well rounded education common to the sons of farmers, as he was not only well grounded in the fundamental branches of book learning, but also learned the principles of agriculture and became familiar by actual experience with the work of the farm. He followed agricultural pursuits until he was twenty years of age and then learned the printer's trade and was employed for many years on various Knoxville and Des Moines papers. In 1893 he was elected city assessor of Knoxville for a two year term and in 1895 was reelected, serving until January 1, 1898. Subsequently he was again employed at the printer's trade in Knoxville until the spring of 1907, when he was again elected city assessor, resigning that position, however, on the 1st of January, 1909, to become deputy county auditor. In 1912 he was elected county auditor, taking office in January of the year following. He was his party's candidate for reelection in November, 1914, and was chosen by a handsome majority, leading his ticket. As county auditor he has made a record of which he may well be proud, and his present term of office does not expire until January 1, 1917. He has been prompt, accurate and systematic in the performance of his work and has been uniformly courteous in his treatment of those with whom he has been brought in contact in an official capacity.

On the 24th of December, 1882, Mr. Schlotterback was united in marriage to Miss Laura Stoops, a native of Indiana and a daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Bates) Stoops. Many years ago the family removed from the Hoosier state to Marion county, Iowa, and here the father devoted his time to farming. To Mr. and Mrs. Schlotterback have been born five children: Blanche, who died in infancy; Mabel, the wife of Loren Zugg, a resident of Knoxville; Clyde, employed by the Knoxville Journal, who married Miss Mary Courtney; Ruth, the wife of James Crawford; and Babe, who died when three years of age.

Mr. Schlotterback is a democrat in his political affiliation and stanchly supports the candidates and measures of that party. Fraternally he belongs to the lodge and encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Red Men, the Foresters, the Knights of Pythias and the Moose. He and his wife are both members of the Rebekahs. His entire life has been spent in this county and the fact that those who have known him intimately from his early youth are his truest friends is incontrovertible proof of the genuineness of his worth as a man.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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