JOHN B. SCHNELT was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1837, his parents being William and Elizabeth (Bohm) Schnelt, natives of Germany. He engaged in farming, while in the old country, until 1860, when he took leave of home and friends and went to Bremen, where he set sail on a vessel bound for New Orleans. On arriving there he came up to St. Louis, where he remained until the spring of 1883, working in the sugar factory most of the time. While there he was married, in 1865, to Mary Rowe, a daughter of Bernhardt and Margaret Rowe. In the spring of 1883, he came to Greene county and located with his brothers on section 30, where, in connection with them, his attention is now turned to farming.