Pages 420-421, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




JOHN SCHLIMMER, one of the substantial German-Americans of Marmaton township, has passed a quarter of a century in Allen county, upon section 3, town 24, range 20. He came to Kansas in 1875 from Hamilton county, Ohio, and was in company with a colony of settlers who located in both Allen and Anderson counties. He was not a farmer by training but conditions in this new country pointed to success in farming, if the proper energy and industry were present, and knowing that he possessed both these qualities Mr. Schlimmer did not hesitate to try the experiment. With what success he has met it is sufficient to note the increased acreage of his farm and the improvements and the stock that are found thereon.

Mr. Schlimmer was born in Kur Hessen, Germany, October 24, 1839. He was a youth of seventeen when he started for the United States and his


destination was Cincinnati. He worked as a journeyman blacksmith for Mr. Stacey, on Walnut Hill, Cincinnati, five years and then established a blacksmith and wagon shop on the same hill. In the fifteen years that he conducted it he accumulated the surplus cash he invested in his Kansas farm. Mr. Schlimmer left Germany alone with only scant means to pay his passage but a fair knowledge of the trade he expected to follow. He sailed from Bremen aboard the Harmonia, bound for Baltimore. He stopped a week in Frostburg, Maryland, to visit friends and then continued his journey to Cincinnati.

Mr. Schlimmer's father, John Schlimmer, was a farmer and three of his six children are in the United States, viz.: Adam, of St. Joe, Missouri; John, and Henry Schlimmer, of Ansonia, Ohio. Mary, Elizabeth and Christ Schlimmer are in Germany.

Our subject was married in Cincinnati in 1861 to Elizabeth Neibert, who was born in the same locality with her husband. Their children are: Mary, wife of Fred Bratts, of Moran, Kansas; Conrad and Elizabeth Schlimmer.

Mr. Schlimmer's first vote was cast for Mr. Lincoln in 1860 and his ballot has been counted at each Presidential election since.

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