JOHN SCHNARRE, who is engaged in general farming and stock raising on a well improved farm located in section
23, Center township, was born on the home farm in this township, which lies just north of his present location,
October 7, 1859, and is a son of Casper and Mary (Godard,) Schnarre.
Casper Schnarre was born in Germany and came to America when a young man, locating in Mercer County, being the
first of his family to settle here and was one of the earliest pioneers of Center township, where he purchased
a farm. He made a clearing and erected a log cabin, afterwards added on a frame addition to it, in which John Schnarre,
our subject was born. Casper Schnarre married Mary Rodard, also a native of Germany, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean
in the same ship with him. Mr. and Mrs. Schnarre became the parents of to children, namely: Henry, deceased; Mrs.
Mary Garwick, deceased; Caroline, who married Fred Fisher and resides in Auglaize County; Amelia, who married Charles
Paglow and lives at St. Marys; John; Julia, who died in childhood; Sarah, who married Frank Fisher, of St. Marys;
Casper, who resides in St. Marys; George; who lives on the old home place, in Center township; and Jennie, who
married Charles Aschbacher. Casper Schnarre, the father of this family, died May 19, 1898, at the age of 80 years.
John Schnarre was reared to manhood on the home farm in Center township, which he and his brothers assisted in
clearing. After his marriage he lived for one year at Neptune, at the same time continuing to farm the home place.
He then went to Franklin township, where he rented a farm for six years, after which he moved to the farm of Charles
Paglow, in Auglaize County, where he remained for four years. He then purchased a farm of 53 acres on the old Fort
Wayne road, where he still resides. In 1892 he bought 18 acres of the home place. There were but three rooms to
the house when he bought the farm, to which he has added four rooms, making a very comfortable home. He has made
other improvements to his property in the way of erecting outbuildings, there being no buildings of this nature
on the place when he acquired it, but an old buggy shed and a granary.
Mr. Schnarre was married March 5, 1882, to Sarah Baker, who was born in Fayette County, Ohio, and is a daughter
of Levi and Susan (Pratt) Baker, now residents of Neptune. Mr. and Mrs. Schnarre have had three children, namely:
Josephine, born in 1882; a child that died unnamed in 1885, and Ralph Odean, who was born in 1898 Politically,
Mr. Schnarre is a Democrat.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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