Biographical Sketch of
History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by William Henry Perrin
Published by O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1882.
Reprinted in 1968 in its in entirety as part of the
Sesquicentennial History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by Virgil M. Dowdall
HENRY SCHAEFER, shoemaker; Arenzville; was born in Germany, Sept. 1, 1833, and is a son of Conrad and Christina (Eiler) Schaefer, also natives of Germany. Conrad Schaefer, a shoemaker and a farmer, was born in 1807, and died in 1839, in Germany, where also his wife, who was born in 1810, died in 1865; they had two children. Our subject attended school in Germany for eight years; came to this country in 1850, and learned the shoemaker's trade in Maryland. In 1856 he came to Arenzville, where he has since pursued his trade. During the late war he was a member of Company G, Eighteenth Illinois Volunteers, under Colonel Webber. In Maryland, Feb. 23, 1854, he married Dora Reuschlein, a native of Germany; born April 2, 1837; daughter of Andrew and Margaret Reuschlein. By this union they have been blessed with twelve children: Frederick, born in Maryland, April 6, 1855; J. Henry, born June 8, 1857; George, Jan. 3, 1859; Anna, Jan. 17, 1861; William, May 5, 1863; Elizabeth, June 8, 1867, died in Arenzville Oct. 10, 1877; an infant (deceased); Mary, born Dec. 31, 1869; Edward, Feb. 22, 1871; Lula, June 8, 1873; Maggie, Sept. 23, 1875, and Charles Oct. 11, 1877. Mr. Schaefer is a member of the Lutheran Church, and is a Democrat.
(page 322, Perrin's History of Cass County, Illinois)