This son of Catherine & Husband, Jacob Christian "Jack" Schlotfeldt was part of the great settlement efforts of the Great Plains.The family went to Walnut, Iowa where John worked many jobs trying to help his family.He and wife Minnie went to Genoa, Nance County, Nebraska in the 1890s, built a 4 room home on the prairie of the sandhills, by themselves, from native cottonwood trees and tried to succeed in farming there with few neighbors. Granddaughter, Hattie and other children's notes reflect the difficulty there.John had worked with the railroad, working at a hardware store in Walnut, Pottawattamie County, Iowa and later having his own store.In 1912 he finally took his family back to McCausland, Scott County, Iowa from Nebraska and farmed there until a year before his death in Princeton.Much thanks to daughter Hattie Schlotfeldt Pietscher's descendants for saving these invaluable photos and sharing photocopies of them with us in August of 2004.In Oct. 2004 we have received better copies from Dorothy Helble Pietscher and husband, Rondo, of Camance, Iowa. Also some Helble family pictures from Port Washington.Write if you have interest.They have not yet been scanned into the family "gallery". :-) See also the Nance County Nebr. Rootsweb site.