From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 573-574


Daniel Schaeffer, baker and confectioner, Fremont, Ind., was born in Dauphin County, Pa., July 7, 1825, the seventh of eleven children of William and Margaret (Beck) Schaeffer.  His parents were prominent citizens of Dauphin County, where they spent their lives.  Daniel remained with them on a farm till thirteen years of age, when he was apprenticed to learn the baker's trade, the agreement being that he was to serve six years and to receive his board and clothes and three months' schooling, and at the expiration of his term a suit of clothes valued at $25.  After serving his apprenticeship he worked at his trade in Pennsylvania till 1855, when he moved to Steuben County and opened the first bakery in Fremont.  He thoroughly understands every detail of his trade and has built up a good business.  Mr. Schaeffer was married Feb. 25, 1847, to Sarah Ann Wharen, a native of Dauphin County, born May 14, 1825, daughter of John and Susannah (Young) Wharen.  Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer have had eight children -- John T., William H. (deceased), Annie C., Emma J., Frank W., Benjamin C., Mary A. and Sarah A.  Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he has been a zealous worker in the Sabbath-school cause, having been Superintendent continuously for ten years until 1865.  In early life Mr. Schaeffer was a Whig, casting his first Presidential vote for Zachary Taylor, but now affiliates with the Republican party.  He has held some public position in the town and township the most of the time since his residence here.


Submitted by Kim Davoli