1875 A. T. Andreas Atlas
1880 Dubuque County History
Honorable William B. Allison
Sanford A. Atherton
Honorable Isaac W. Baldwin
F. E. Behrens
General Caleb Hoskins Booth
Nicholas Bray, M. D.
William Bray, M. D.
John D. Bush
Dr. Rodolphus Clark
Bernhard Claus, Jr.
Frank W. Coates
Honorable Dennis Nelson Cooley
Reverend Mark Cooney
Patrick F. Cunningham
Mell H. Cushing
Charles Henry Eighmey
Jesse P. Farley
Mrs. Catherine Fries
A. P. Gibbs
John R. Goldthorp
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Charles H. Gregoire
Honorable Thomas Hardie
Rev. James Hill
Nancy R. Hill, M. D.
Asa Horr, M. D.
Edward R. Jackson, M. D.
Henry J. Jecklin
Reverend Clement Johannes
Evan E. Jones
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Joseph K. Kaufmann
F. H. Klostermann
A. R. Knight
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Honorable Wendelin Lattner
Norton J. Loomis
Delos E. Lyon
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W. A. Manhart
M. H. Martin
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Benjamin McCluer, M. D.
Susan Ann McCraney
A. S. McDermott
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M. F. McNamara
William J. Morgans
Dorrance Dixon Myers
Nicholas P. Nicks
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J. J. E. Norman
Honorable Peter Olinger
Bernard J. O'Neill
John P. Page
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Honorable James Rowan
Reverend Roger Ryan
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John Sauser, Jr.
John F. Sloan
Charles F. Smyth
Johanna (Baker) Specht
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Honorable William W. Stewart
Oren Stuart, M. D.
Hon. Christian Anton Voelker
Chester H. Walker
William Watson, M. D.
F. W. Wieland
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Logo by Ginger Cisewski
Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and
Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem,
Massachusetts, p. 235
JOSEPH SCHEMMEL is another of the
successful and highly esteemed businessmen of Dubuque County as well as
one of its early settlers. A native of Prussia, our subject was born in
Munster, Westphalia, and December 8, 1826. He is the youngest in a family
of six children (of which five were boys) born to Theodore and Elizabeth
(Frederick) Schemmel. The father was a woolen manufacturer and for many
years had a contract for manufacturing blankets for the Prussian Government.
In the year 1833, the people in that part of the kingdom heard for the
first time of the great advantages to be found in the New World. In that
year the father of our subject with his family set sail for America, being
the first family to come to this country from that part of Prussia. After
a voyage of more than six weeks, they landed in Baltimore, from which
place they crossed the Allegheny Mountains by teams to Pittsburgh, thence
came down the Ohio River to Wheeling and on to Cincinnati, Ohio, finally
settling on a small farm in Mercer County. They there lived happily together
until the mother passed away in 1838, the father following a year later.
On the farm above mentioned, Joseph Schemmel spent his early life in helping
to clear the home farm, at the same time striving to obtain such education
as was to be had in the primitive schools of the day. After the death
of his parents he went to Hamilton, Ohio, where his brothers, Henry and
Anthony, had established themselves in the woolen manufacturing business.
Here he remained until 1846, and in April of that year came to Iowa. His
brother Henry having preceded him a year, where he had commenced building
a woolen factory on the site of the present mill, now owned by Mr. Schemmel,
not far from the town of New Vienna, this county. A partnership was formed
under the name of Schemmel Bros., Henry, Anthony, Christopher and Joseph
constituting the firm. This company built and operated a mill for the
manufacture of woolen goods. In the year 1848 a sad accident occurred
which resulted in the death of Christopher, and in April 1855, the brother
After various changes from time to time, our subject purchased the entire
plant in 1868, since which time he has been the sole proprietor. In 1865,
he in company with other parties bought the four mills at Dyersville of
which he also became the sole proprietor in 1887. Since the year 1846,
he has been located in New Wine Township, where he was for fifteen years
Postmaster, the office being at his mill before the town, New Vienna was
started. He has been honored by his fellow-citizens with the gift of the
office of Justice of the Peace and also that of township Commissioner
besides many other minor positions, the duties of which he conscientiously
and faithfully discharged to the satisfaction of all his constituents.
In 1890 he was elected to a three years' term on the Board of County Supervisors.
Mr. Schemmel has met with marked success in all his financial undertakings,
and no man in Dubuque County is more highly estimated.
Miss Elizabeth Wente, a native of Oldenburg, Germany, was the chosen life
companion of Mr. Schemmel, the marriage ceremony taking place August 17,
1852. This union has been productive of ten children, seven boys and three
girls, a family of which they are justly proud and which is sketched as
follows: Mary is the wife of Clemens Rahe, one of the wealthiest farmers
in the locality of Dyersville, where they now make their home. Henry is
an eminent stockman at Granville, Iowa. William is engaged in the grain
business at Dyersville. Anthony is a Catholic priest, educated by his
father for the priesthood at St. Vincent’s College of Westmoreland,
Pa., and also at St. Francis' of Milwaukee, Wis., and was ordained in
July 1889. After which he was stationed at St. Mary's Church at Dubuque.
He now has charge of the church at Bancroft, Iowa. Frank is a member of
the firm of Schemmel Bros., stock dealers of Granville, Iowa. Barnard
married Miss Mary Ferreng, daughter of Peter Ferreng, of Dubuque, and
is now operating a flour mill at Dyersville in connection with his brother
Joseph Clemence and Annie, who are both unmarried, reside with their brother,
Father Anthony Schemmel, of Bancroft. Joseph, as above stated, is in business
with his brother at Dyersville. Clementina, the youngest, is a young lady
living at home.
Commencing life for himself with no capital but his own energies, working
for $8 per month, he has a mark that might well be emulated by the rising
generation. Honest to a fault, upright in all his dealings, such a character
the people of this county point to in the person of Joseph Schemmel. In
politics he is a stanch Democrat.