John DAUB is the owner of a beautiful and excellent farm which lies in a basin of bottom land surrounded on all sides by high bluffs. Its unique situation adds to its beauty and attractiveness and the land is rich and arable, producing good crops. It is situated on section 32, Richland township. The owner was born in New Orleans, March 24, 1850, and is of German lineage. His father, John DAUB, was born in Bavaria, Germany, and after coming to America espoused the cause of his adopted country, enlisting for service in the Civil war. He gave up his life in defense of the Union, being killed in battle in 1865. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth CASTLER, was twice married, her first husband being John DAUB, and to them were born three children: John; Alec; and one who died in infancy. By her marriage to Hubert ADAMI she had four children: Hubert; Victor; August; and one who died in infancy.
Mr. DAUB, whose name introduces this review, became a resident of Mai-shall county in 1856. He acquired his education partly in the schools of this county and also attended school to some extent in St. Louis, Missouri. He was reared to farm life and remained at home until his marriage, after which he took up his abode upon a farm in Woodford county, Illinois, where he resided until the 13th of February, 1896. He started out in life with very little assistance and that he has always been busy and energetic and capably controlled his business interests is indicated by the fact that he is now owner of a valuable property of two hundred and sixty-eight acres of land on sections 29, 32, and 33, Richland township. The soil is very productive and in addition to raising the cereals best adapted to the climate he also raises good stock of all kinds, including some high bred Percheron horses. As a companion and helpmate on life's journey Mr. DAUB chose Miss Anna M. SNEIDER, who was born in Tazewell county, Illinois, March 16, 1856, and there remained until eight years of age, when she accompanied her parents, Lawrence and Catharine (SIMON) SNEIDER, on their removal to Woodford county, Illinois, where her girlhood days were passed and her education was acquired. Her parents were born and reared in Bavaria, Germany, and were schoolmates during their youth. The mother was but seventeen years of age when she came to the United States with her parents and was married on landing in this country. Mr. SNEIDER was then about twenty-five years old. For about five years he made his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then removed to Tazewell county, Illinois, where he followed farming and gardening for twelve years. He next purchased a farm in Woodford county, this state, and to its cultivation and improvement he devoted his energies until called to his final rest. He was fairly successful in his business affairs and was a truly self-made man. After his death his wife operated the farm for about fifteen years, but now makes her home with her son Frank in Woodford county at the age of seventy-two years. In the family were eleven children, namely: John, a farmer of Woodford county; Anna M., wife of our subject; Catharine, wife of Alec DAUB, a farmer of Fairfield, Iowa; Lena, wife of Hubert ADAMI, a farmer of Marshall county, Illinois; Adam C., a farmer of Woodford county; Joseph H., also a farmer of that county; Louisa, wife of John GREBNER, of Woodford county; Frank and Peter, who are both engaged in agricultural pursuits in Woodford county; Angeline, the wife of Frank GREBNER, a farmer of Woodford county; and one who died in infancy.
The wedding of Mr. and Mrs. DAUB was celebrated September 9, 1873, and unto them have been born ten children: John, born December 15, 1875, aids in the operation of the home farm. He has held a number of offices, has been town clerk and school director and is now filling the position of constable. Aloysius, born August 7, 1877, died in infancy. Joseph A., born July 12, 1878, died September 14, 1880. Seraphina Elizabeth, born September 9, 1880, is the wife of John A. YUNKER, of Fargo, North Dakota. Catherine, born July 8, 1882, is living with her sister in North Dakota. Mary Rosa, born June 3, 1884, George Christopher, born July 24, 1886, Anna Angelina, born November 17, 1889, Isidor Francis, born September 18, 1892, and Lawrence Eugene, born July 28, 1896, are all at home.
The parents and children are communicants of the Catholic church, and Mr. DAUB exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the democracy, having adhered to the party since attaining his majority. In his life he has displayed many of the sterling characteristics of his German ancestry and his good qualities constitute the secret of the high regard in which he is uniformly held, while the reason for his success is found in his earnest, persistent labor.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.