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Charles Schriber
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Birth: 1830, Switzerland
Death: Oct. 5, 1894
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Charles was a member of the 8th Illinois Cavalry Co. G Mustered out July 17, 1865 as a 2nd Lt.

Bruce Catton writes of the Civil War veterans he knew as a youngster: "Once, ages ago, they had been everywhere and had seen everything, and nothing that happened to them thereafter meant anything much. All that was real had taken place when they were young." {xi} I am not sure that that's true of Charles Schriber, but from July 1865 forward we know very little about him.

Family legend has it that he helped hang the first electric sign in the city of Chicago. We have two letters (in old German script, not yet translated) that he wrote to a fellow German Swiss immigrant, Elizabeth Joss, dated August 20 and October 20, 1867. They were married December 10, 1867, by Rev. Joseph Hartmann at St. Pauls Church at LaSalle and Ohio streets in Chicago. They had seven children (dates courtesy of Jim Thrall): Charles (1869-1930), Rose (1871-1950), Ida (1874-1958), Cora (1876-1949), Frank (1879-1887), Clara (1882-1958), and Elizabeth (1884-1979).

In 1873, they moved from Chicago to Franklin Grove, Illinois. Schriber's occupation was listed as "Laborer" on the birth certificates of their two youngest children, Clara (born April 8, 1882) and Elizabeth ("Lizzie," born November 12, 1884), our grandmother. She recalled how he would tease her when he was shaving in the morning, putting a dot of shaving cream on her nose. She also described him as "a good man when sober, but I rarely saw him sober."

Schriber's neighbor and fellow worker from 1868 to 1874, Leonhard Lendy, swore in an 1889 affidavit that Schriber "each year had been a sufferer from several complaints and a general debility which is believed to be the result of a sickness in the service. I know that the claimant has attacks of chills and fever at almost any time. The most severe attack he had when we were living neighbors when he had to employ a doctor for quite a long time. I think he has been disabled about one half the time for manual labor." At some point he received a pension of $8 (probably per month) for "malarial poisoning" (Ctf. 492310) under what was described as the "old law" in 1894.

At some point the family moved back to Chicago, 344 W. North Avenue, where Charles Schriber died October 5, 1894, of "chronic nephritis" from which he had suffered for two years. He was buried in the cemetery at Franklin Grove. His widow eventually was able to receive a pension, last paid at the rate of $36 per month until her death January 18, 1934.
Franklin Grove Cemetery
Franklin Grove
Lee County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Kidd Gunn
Record added: Jul 25, 2011
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Charles Schriber
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Charles Schriber
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Charles Schriber was born around 1830 in Switzerland. In September 1861 he joined the 8th Cavalry Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company G. On the day before Gettysburg, June 30, 1863, he appears on the Roster of Troopers present for Duty as Commissary Ser...(Read more)
- Russell Kasper
 Added: Nov. 7, 2013
- Kidd Gunn
 Added: Jul. 25, 2011

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