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Peter Schafer

Peter Schafer

Submitted by : Sheryl McClure.


Taken from: Portrait and Biographical Record of Oklahoma, 1901


PETER SCHAFER is an enterprising agriculturist located on the northwest quarter of section 13, township 17, range 2 west, Logan county. He also has four hundred acres of land on section 5, Antelope township, or township 17, range 1 west. Mr. Schafer was born in Sheboygan, Wis., October 11, 1840, and is a son of Jerry and Susannah (Snyder) Schafer. He was reared on a farm and received a good education in the common schools. At the age of twenty-one he started out for himself and went to farming on rented land. He was married in Milwaukee when he was about thirty-three years old, having moved to that town, where he worked in the roller mills and slaughter houses. In the latter place he learned the butcher's business, having worked under Philip D. Armour.
Moving to Seward county, Neb., Mr. Schafer farmed on rented land for four years. He then bought one hundred and sixty acres in Gage county, Kans., which he transformed from a wild and uncultivated state into a fine farm. After thirteen vears he sold out and received $5,000 for the place. He was foremost in the run for Oklahoma, but failed to locate a claim. Six months after he bought his present farm, to which he has added from time to time until he now has three quarter-sections of land. He is interested in general farming and stock-raising. His early efforts to become settled in Oklahoma were somewhat retarded by a series of calamities which, while not enormous, were very aggravating, but he is somewhat of a philosopher, and argues that his loss is someone's else gain. The people who wanted his possessions took at least five hundred dollars' worth, including a new plow, harness, meat, chickens, and a team of three fine horses.
Mr. Schafer married Mrs. Frederica Schmidt, a daughter of Christian and Christine (Thiele) Langerich. She came to America from Germany when thirteen years old. The result of her marriage with Mr. Schmidt was five children: William Schmidt lives in Fairmont, Neb., and has two children; Hermann also lives in Fairmont, Neb., is a railroad mechanic, and has seven children; Henry lives in Oklahoma, and has four children; Frank lives in Oklahoma, and has two children; Charles, also a resident of Oklahoma, has one child. Mr. and Mrs. Schafer have adopted a little girl named Maud Schulz. She is an orphan and was born April 23, 1887.


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