Prominent among the sucessful agriculturalist of Rock Island county, IlL., may be mentioned Godfrey Schneider, the owner ofa 238-acre tract situated in Edgington township, a part of the old homestead of Scott Taylor. He was born in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, in Febuary 1853, and is the son of John andChristina (Stucky) Schneider, natives of that place. They were farming people in their native country, and on coming to the United States 1870 made their way from New York to Rock Island county, where John Schneider purchased 15 acres of land in Andalusia township. Later he removed to a tract of 107 acres, just south of Andalusia, there he spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1884, at the age of seventy-four years, his wife having passed away on the first farm in 1872, when fourty-five years of age. They had the following children: Annie who married Gustav Hindermeister, residing in Andalusia ILL.: Godfrey; Louisa who died in 1877: Adolph, of Davenport IA., who married Jennie Kruedy; Charles, who resides in Washington, IA; and Carrie who married August Hartman, of Edgington township. Godfrey Schneider was educated in the schools of Switzerland, where his instruction included the reading and writing of Swiss, German and French, and he was seventeen years of age when he came to America. He first worked among the farmers of Rock Island county, and also spent some time in Iowa, but returned to this county and for seven years was employed by Joseph Scott Taylor. In 1877 he was married to Miss Eliza Carruthers, daughter of Samuel and Elzira (Mounds) Carruthers, and after the marriage he rented land for 20 years, then purchasing eighty acres of his present property. at that time he settled there he had only a team of horses, but year after year he added to his stock and equipments and has purchased more land, and now he has one of the finest properties in this township. Mrs Schneider is a member of the Presbyterian church, and her husband is affiliated with the Woodmen. They have 2 children: Clyde, operating the home farm , who married Rosa Brussard and has one child, Marcus; and Cora who married Robert Brookman, of Center Point IA., and has one daughter Doris.