From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 514-515


Christian F. Schneider was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, Nov. 17, 1818, a son of George Frederick and Christena (Ekkard) Schneider.  His maternal grandfather was a wealthy citizen of Emmendingen, Germany.  In 1846 Christian and his brother Eduard sailed for the United States, landing in New York.  They proceeded to Albany where they embarked on a canal-boat and went to Buffalo, thence per steamer to Toledo, Ohio, and from there to Angola, Ind.  He soon found employement at his trade, a tailor, and remained in Angola a year, when his employer moved to Orland and he soon followed him.  He worked as a journeyman a year, and then opened a shop of his own.  In 1856 he was appointed Postmaster by James Campbell, Postmaster-General, and held the position till 1861.  Retaining the office in the same location in the building occupied by him, he served as Deputy till 1865, when he was again commissioned Postmaster by William Dennison, and has since filled the position to the satisfaction of the entire community.  He is a genial, courteous gentleman and esteemed by all who know him.  He was married Nov. 27, 1847, to Susan Noll, daughter of George Noll, one of the pioneers of Salem Township.  She died March 20, 1849, leaving one daughter -- Susanna M., now Mrs. William Meek.  In 1849 he was married to Melissa Tuttle.  To them were born four children, three of whom are living -- Frederick, David and Adelia, wife of Arthur Norton.  After a year of suffering Mrs. Schneider died Nov. 23, 1873.  In 1874 Mr. Schneider married Cynthia Moor, a native of Ohio.


Submitted by Kim Davoli