From the Shelby County, Iowa book – PP 1501-1502
The three score and ten years allotted to man by the Psalmist have been passed by Michael Neubauer, a prominent farmer of Cass township, Shelby county, Iowa. Born and reared in Germany, he came to this country when a young man and has accumulated his farm to two hundred and eighty acres in this township by hard work and good management. He has a model farm in every respect, and has placed several thousand dollars’ worth of improvements upon the place. He is a quiet and unostentatious man, and one whose integrity has never been questioned.
Michael Neubauer, the son of Chris and Rosa (Schmidt) Neubauer, was born in West Prussia, Germany, January 3, 1844. His parents lived all of their lives in their native land, his father dying in 1865, and his mother in 1872. They reared a family of nine children: Chris, Rosa, August, John, Michael, Elizabeth, Sophronia, Justinia and Michael.
Mr. Neubauer attended school in Germany for a short time, and early in his boyhood began to help his father on the home farm. In 1868, at the age of twenty-four years, he decided to come to America to seek his fortune. Accordingly, he crossed the ocean and located in Muscatine county, Iowa, where he worked as a farm hand for seven years. During this time he became thoroughly familiar with the American method of agriculture, and about 1877 he felt that he was in a position to farm for himself. Accordingly, he married and started renting land in Muscatine county. Four years later he came to Shelby county, and bought one hundred and twenty acres in Cass township from the Rock Island Railway Company, and diligently applying himself to his farm, he has added to it from year to year until he is now the owner of two hundred and eighty acres of fine farming land, well improved and highly productive. He has a beautiful country home, large and commodious barns and every convenience which is demanded by the twentieth century farmer. He and his sons have operated a threshing machine during the summer seasons for several years and have found this a very profitable venture. Mr. Neubauer is one of the largest stock raisers of his township, feeding all of his grain to his cattle and hogs.
Mr. Neubauer was married in 1877 to Justinia Weisse, the daughter of John and Rosa (Streich) Weisse, of Muscatine county, Iowa, and to this union there have been eight children born: Paul, who married Clara Barnheier; Leo, single; John, deceased; Joseph, who married Susan Gundinger; August, single; Rosa, deceased; Michael, deceased; and one who died in infancy. The mother of these children died January 22, 1890.
Mr. Neubauer has been an independent voter, feeling that the best interests of his township and county were preserved when he cast his ballot for the best men, irrespective of partisan politics. He and his family are devout members of the Catholic church and generous contributors to its support.