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Adam Scheer
Born November 5, 1865

Adam Scheer, who owns a fine farm in Milo township and devotes his time to its cultivation and improvement, was born in Monticello, Jones county, Iowa, November 5, 1865, a son of Christ and Angle (Jacobs) Scheer. The father was a native of Baien, Germany, and the mother of Hanover, Germany. The former was brought to this country when a child of two years by his mother, his father having died in his native land. His mother settled in Illinois and in 1863 Christ Scheer removed to Monticello, Jones county, Iowa, settling upon a farm. He was married in 1864 and continues to live upon his farm in Jones county. In his family were the following children: Adam, the subject of this review; Margaret, the deceased wife of Garrett Hanken, of Center Junction, her death occurring in April, 1918; Henry, a resident of Langworthy, Iowa; August, who is married and lives two miles south of Monticello in Jones county; Matilda, the wife of John Heyen, a resident of Langworthy, Iowa; Augusta, now Mrs. Howard Norris, and a resident of Center Junction, Iowa; Clara, who married Carl Heidemann and lives in Hazel Green township, this county; Emma, who resides with her sister Clara; and Anna, at home with her parents in Monticello. The mother has been twice married and by her first union had two children, namely: Charles Rasted who lives in Monticello, Iowa; and Mary, who is the wife of Henry Waselow, a Lutheran minister of Cleveland, Ohio.
Adam Scheer was educated in the country schools near his home and at the age of twenty three years started out in life on his own account. For one year he worked as a hired hand upon the farm and then rented land, which he cultivated for about nine years. He then purchased two hundred and twenty-seven acres on section 6, Hazel Green township, and section 31, Milo township, where he still makes his home. His residence is located in Milo township and, as the place is but two and a half miles north of Ryan, Mr. Scheer has a market within convenient hauling distance. In addition to the raising of grain, he devotes a great deal of attention to the stock business and raises full blooded Red Jersey hogs and a high grade of cattle. Although the place was well improved when it came into his possession, he has erected a number of outbuildings and in other ways increased its value. He is energetic in all that he does and as his labors are directed by sound judgment he derives a gratifying annual income from his farm.
Mr. Scheer was married on the 12th of September, 1889, to Miss Catherine Harms, a daughter of Harm and Mary (Johnson) Harms, both natives of Germany. Mr. Harms was twice married and with his first wife, Mrs. Frances Harms, started for America in 1857. Their only child died while crossing the ocean and owing to grief and sickness the wife passed away a few weeks after their arrival in Buffalo, New York, where they had located. Later Mr. Harms removed to Dixon, Illinois, where he remained for some time, after which he went to Bethalto, Illinois. He was there united in marriage to Miss Mary Johnson, and in 1866 they removed to Jones county, Iowa, settling upon a farm in Wayne township. Mr. Harms followed agricultural pursuits until 1902, when he retired, and six years later he was called to his final rest. He had survived his second wife for two years, as her demise occurred in 1906. To them were born eight children, six of whom are living: Anna, the wife of Carl Schatz, a resident of Monticello, Iowa; Herman and Garrett, also living in Monticello; Mrs. Scheer; Maria, the wife of Ibe Iven, who is a farmer in Prairie township, this county; and John, who resides near Monticello, Iowa. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Scheer: Henry, whose birth occurred August 15, 1890; Herman, born June 3, 1894; and Edna. The children are all at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Scheer belong to the Lutheran church and can always be relied upon to faithfully perform every duty. Mr. Scheer manifests an intelligent interest in public affairs. The many sterling characteristics of his race are exemplified in his life and he has won a high place in the estimation of his fellowmen.

Source: History of Delaware County Iowa and It's People, Vol. II, 95-96, Capt. John F. Merry, Supervising Editor, Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914
Submitted by: Becky Teubner


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