Jacob N. Schreiber, farmer, Leaf River Township, Ogle County, Ill. The pioneers who put the land under cultivation and opened the way for the unexampled prosperity of our era are entitled to all honor. Of all the citizens of Ogle County of the present time, none should be more proud of than the sons of those who made it what it is. Jacob N. Schreiber is the son of a pioneer, and in a way he was himself a pioneer. Born in Baden, Germany, December 3, 1844, he came to America in 1854 with his parents, Andrew and Anna Catherine (Garvick) Schreiber, both natives of Baden. For a year after their arrival, the family lived in Stephenson County, Ill whence they removed to Ogle County, settling in Leaf River Township. There Andrew Schreiber died in his eighty-fourth year and his wife when she was about seventy-five years old. They had four children: Jacob N., the immediate subject of this sketch; George, who is represented by another article in these pages; Mary Ellen, who married Warren Stebbins of Freeport, Ill and Emma C., who is the wife of John Diehl of Harper, Ogle County.
Jacob N. Schreiber was about ten years old when his parents brought him to the United States. He passed his early days on his father's farm., attending the public schools and learning at home practical lessons which he found very useful in his life-work, which was farming and raising fine stock. In 1901 he removed to the village of Leaf River where he has since lived in retirement. He owns three hundred and thirty acres of improved land fitted in every way for profitable cultivation. He takes a public spirited interest in the village and township of Leaf River and is always especially concerned in the maintenance and improvement of the local schools and for that reason has accepted and faithfully filled the office of School Director. He is a member of the Evangelical Church, while his wife is a member of the Christian Church, both being found in the van of any movement for the benefit of either organization or of any worthy home interest.
Mr. Schreiber was married at Forreston, Ill. in June 1869 to Miss Catherine Myers, who was born in Leaf River Township January 4, 1847, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Iler) Myers. Mr. Myers was a native of Ohio and Mrs. Myers of Washington County, Md and were among the early settler of Ogle County. Of their fifteen children, Mrs. Schreiber was the eleventh in the order of birth. To Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber have been born five children: Cora E., William F., Ida E., Andrew R. and Clifford. Cora E. is the wife of William Johnson. Ida E. married the Rev. Burton Reams, an Evangeliical clergyman. William and Andrew are engaged in farming.
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