Biography of Cornelius Schnaitter
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CORNELIUS SCHNAITTER. An octogenarian in years, Cornelius Schnaitter has spent more than half a century of his lifetime in the City of Sandusky For over a quarter of a century he was well known to local business as a merchant tailor, but is now living retired, enjoying the fruits of his previous industry. He has pursued the quiet and even tenor of his way through life, has participated in few of the abnormal events, but his career is none the less deserving of praise and is fitly given record in this history of Erie County.

Cornelius Schnaitter was born in the Town of Egern, Bavaria, September 2, 1830. His father was Sebastian Schnaitter, whose birthplace was Dirnbaeh, Bavaria, where he was reared and educated, served four years in the army of the king of Bavaria, and completed an apprenticeship at the tailor's trade. In 1847 he brought his family to America, living for several years in Canada, after which he Caine to Sandusky and lived in that city until his passing at the age of sixty one. His wife, Catherine, was also a native of Bavaria. She reared seven children, all of them born in Bavaria, their names being Kunigunde, Henry, Katherina, Cornelius, Nora, Karl and Frances.

Cornelius Schnaitter as a boy attended school steadily until about the age of fourteen, and also took up and learned the tailor's trade under the direction of his father. He was sixteen years old when the family left Bavaria and came to America. The trip was made on a sailing vessel which was sixty days from the time it left the European port until it landed its passengers at Quebec. Mr. Sehnaitter lived in Canada until the spring of 1849 and then came to Sandusky. Here he was employed by the tailoring firm of Kneen & Knel, until after the outbreak of the Civil war. In youth as in later years he was a noted musician and volunteered his services as a musician and was assigned to the Fourth Regiment of Michigan Infantry. With that regiment he experienced all the hardships and vicissitudes of a soldier's life for fourteen months, at the end of which time all the regimental bands were discharged. He then returned to Sandusky and resumed work at his trade as a journeyman. Soon after the war Mr. Sehnaitter formed a partnership with Anton Buders and they did a flourishing business as merchant tailors for a period of twenty six years. Since the firm went out of business Mr. Schnaitter has lived retired,

In 1855 he married Susanna Krantz. She was born in Weisbaden, Germany, August 12, 1831. Her father, Bathaser Krantz, was also a native of Weisbaden, and in 1848 brought his family to America. Arriving in Erie County he bought a farm on the Huron road, three miles east of Sandusky, and spent the rest of his life as an industrious farmer. Mrs. Cornelius Schnaitter died in 1896. Mr. Schnaitter is now the head of a notable family, young men and women who have taken independent positions in the world, and he is surrounded not only by his own children but by his children's children and great grandchildren. His five sons and daughters are named Frank, Antoinette, Cornelius, Sarah and Hattie. The son Frank married Christina Boos and has four children, Antoinette, Edward, Gertrude and Florence. Antoinette, the second child, married Edward Moos, and her four children are Anna, Cora, Hilda and Wesley. Cornelius, Jr., married Christina Hertlein and has three sons, Eugene, Irving and Arthur. Sarah is the widow of William Claus, and her four daughters are Aimed, Maud, Susan and Mildred. Hattie, the youngest child, is the wife of Frank Wetzler, with two daughters, Lauretta and Susanna. Of the grandchildren the following are married: Antoinette Schnaitter married Freeland Smith, and has four children, Elizabeth, James, Frank and Margaret. Edward married Winifred Platt, and has two children, Robert and Alice. Cora Moos married Joseph Gillard, and her four Children are Richard, Sallie, Constance and Joseph. Hilda Moos married Elmer Brehm, and has a son named Edward. Aimie Claus is the wife of Jerome Herbig, and has a daughter, Ailien. Susan Claus married John Lay.

Cornelius Schnaitter from early youth manifested exceptional gifts as a musician, and when a boy learned to play the violin quite expertly. He has always been interested in musical affairs, and for many years was one of the leaders in musical activities in Sandusky. When a young man he joined the military organization known as the Jaeger Company. In 1852 he was one of the chief promoters of the first band ever organized in Sandusky and was its leader. There were few functions in Sandusky during the early days at which his services were not in demand for musical entertainment. Mr. Schnaitter is affiliated with McMeens Post No. 19 of the Grand Army of the Republic.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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