George Schreiber, farmer and stockman, Leaf River Township, Ogle County, Ill., is a brother of Jacob N. Schreiber, a biographical sketch of whom is given in this department of this work. A vivid recollection of his childhood is of his voyage across the ocean from Germany to America, when he was but six years old. He remembers too the long journey of the family from New York to Illinois. All that happened so long ago that, young as he was, he was a pioneer in Stephenson County, where his parents first settled, and in Leaf River Township where they settled a year later. Andrew and Anna Catherine (Garvick) Schreiber, his father and mother, were born in Baden, Germany. Andrew died in Leaf River Township in his eighty-fourth year, and his wife aged about three-score years and ten. Of their four children, Jacob N. was the eldest. George was born February 27, 1848. Mary Ellen is Mrs. Warren Stebbins and lives at Freeport, Ill. Emma married John Diehl of Harper, Ogle County.
Mr. Schreiber has lived in Leaf River Township continuously since he was about seven years old. He was educated in local common schools and learned farming under his father's guidance and instruction. He is the owner of 268 acres of productive land, most of which is improved, and there is probably not a better farmer and stockman in the township. In an unobtrusive but helpful way, he is interested in all local affairs of public moment. He married at Forreston, Ill., June 25, 1891, Miss Mary Ellen Mayer, who was born in Ridott Township, Stephenson County, May 26, 1855, and has borne him three children, Earl F., Florence M. and Warren W. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Church. Mrs. Schreiber is a daughter of Gottlieb and Catherine (Schreiber) Mayer. Her father died in Leaf River Township, aged seventy-six years, having survived for many years his wife, who died in Ridott Township, Stephenson County, when she was only twenty-three years old. Besides Mary Ellen they had a daughter named Elizabeth and a third child who died in infancy.
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