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John Schaffer
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
p. 997

John Schaffer was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, March 17, 1831, and died in 1885. He was twelve years old when he was obliged to earn his own living, his parents having died. He came to the United States and served four years during the Civil war. After the war he located in Flora township, Renville county, where he had preemption claim in section 1. He secured 160 acres and later added 40 acres more. He built a log house and used an ox team to break up the land. Shortly afterwards he married Anna Larson, a native of Norway. She died, leaving two children, Louisa and John. Then he married a second time, to Caroline Krup, born in Germany, Dec. 5, 1841, who is still living in North Redwood. Mr. Schaffer helped organize the township and served on the board of supervisors. The children by this second marriage were: Amelia, Emma, Ida and Amanda.

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