Marshall County


Anson J. SCHAEFFER, editor and proprietor of the Marshall County Democrat, published at Lacon, Illinois, is a native of Ohio, editor and proprietor of the Marshall County Democrat, published at Lacon, Illinois, is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred June 26, 1864, in Williams county. His parents, John and Frances (BARDNER) SCHAEFFER, were both born in Maryland, but were married in Doylestown, Wayne county, Ohio, where the father engaged in farming for some time. He now makes his home in Butler, Indiana, at the age of sixty-six years, but his wife died September 22, 1887, at the age of sixty years. In their family were four children, namely: Mary, who married William KILLINGER, of Edgerton, Ohio, but is now deceased; Howard, who married Addie KLECKNER, and is in the mercantile business in Hicksville, Ohio; Caroline, widow of A. J. ACKERMAN, and a resident of Butler, Indiana, and A. J., of this review.

Our subject was a student in the high school of Edgerton, Ohio, and subsequently attended Oberlin college for three years, but was unable to complete the course on account of trouble with his eyes. After leaving college, he traveled for nearly two years through the south, prospecting in company with another gentleman. In 1887 he embarked in the newspaper business at Edgerton, Ohio, and later conducted the Sandusky County Democrat at Clyde, same state, for a year. The following four years were spent at Spencerville, that state, as editor and proprietor of the Spencerville Journal, and on selling out there he came to Lacon, Illinois, November 1893, where he has successfully conducted the Marshall County Democrat, which was founded in 1852. It is an ably edited, well printed sheet and receives a liberal patronage from the reading public.

Mr. SCHAEFFER was married March 17, 1888, to Miss Flora YACKEE, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of Lewis and Rachel YACKEE, who are still residents of that state. Three children graced this union: Marie, Helen, and Ila, who died July 30, 1896, at the age of two years and four months.

Fraternally, Mr. SCHAEFFER holds membership in the Masonic order of the Knights of Pythias, while politically he is identified with the democratic party. He is a fluent, able writer, and in his chosen calling has met with a well deserved success. A worthy citizen, genial and courteous in manner, he is well calculated by disposition and dealing to make and retain hosts of friends.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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