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Charles Schifferdecker
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1851
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Oct. 30, 1915
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Schifferdecker, Charles, banker, was born August 28, 1851, in Baden, Germany. His parents were Andrew and Philipina Bueler Schifferdecker. The father belonged to a family of some importance, several of its members holding governmental positions at various times; he died in Germany.
The mother came to America with her children, making her home with her son, Charles, who cared for her with filial devotion until her death in 1896. Charles was reared upon a farm, and educated in a country school near Heidelberg.
In 1869 he came to America, locating near Keokuk, Iowa, where he worked on a farm for about four years. He then went to Quincy, Illinois, where he found employment in a brewery, and somewhat later removed to St. Louis, where he was similarly engaged.
He followed the same business at Baxter Springs, Kansas, during the early part of 1875, removing later that year to Joplin, Missouri, where he established a bottling and ice business, which he made one of the leading enterprises of the city. This he sold in 1888 to the senior George H. Redell and others, and it is now conducted by the younger George H. Redell.
He then became interested in various large business affairs, which engaged his most capable effort, and which were successfully developed.

In the year of his retirement from the bottling house which he established, he assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of Joplin, one of the most substantial and prosperous financial institutions in the State. Of this he has been president from the date of establishment to the present time, with the exception of a period of three years, when he was relieved from duty in order that he might make a tour of Europe and otherwise find recreation. He is largely interested in mining properties and affairs, his principal holdings being as directing stockholder in the Galena Lead and Zinc Company, upon whose land the city of Galena is laid out.

In politics he is a sound money Democrat, an advocate of a tariff which will protect American capital and labor, and of a foreign policy which will extend American commerce and manufactures. He has never been a self-seeker, and has only held such public places as were devolved upon him in the public interest. Upon two occasions he accepted positions in the board of education, serving as treasurer in each term. During these periods were built the principal public school edifices, involving an aggregate expenditure of $75,000, all the moneys disbursed passing through his hands. He has also served in the city council when important municipal questions were pending.

He was reared a German Lutheran, and out of reverence for the religion of his parents, has been generous in his aid of its church interests. The handsome house of worship occupied by the Joplin congregation was his gift, the money value amounting to about $3,000. He was the moving spirit in the organization of the old Joplin Turners' Society, and its most liberal patron.
He has always been an active and liberal member of the Joplin Club, the most important organization in the city, which has accomplished so much in inaugurating and carrying to success various important enterprises, and is the present president of that body.
In Masonry he has attained the degree of Knight Templar. His liberal aid was cheerfully extended to the Joplin Rifles, the first military company organized in Joplin, in 1881, and its ample equipment was largely due to him. He was equally helpful in affording influence and means toward the organization of Company G, of the Second Regiment, National Guard of Missouri, for service in the Spanish-American War, and his patriotic enthusiasm moved him to many acts of liberality while that command was in the field.

Mr. Schifferdecker was married, September 24, 1877, to Miss Mina Martens, daughter of Wilhelm and Frederika Martens, of Lee County, Iowa. She was born in Germany.
For several years past her parents enjoyed the comforts of her home, where the mother yet resides. The father died in October, 1899. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Schifferdecker in 1878, and died at the early age of one year. The family live in unpretentious elegance. Mr. Schifferdecker continues to give earnest personal attention to his many large affairs, at the same time affording the same hearty and active aid to public enterprises as when less demand lay upon his time. In his personal relations he is genial and companionable. He was a generous contributor to the building of St. John's Hospital, of Joplin, and his benefactions are freely bestowed upon charitable institutions. The suffering and distressed find in him a willing but unostentatious helper.
Source: Encyclopedia of the history of Missouri: a compendium of history and ... edited by Howard Louis Conard

The day of his funeral on Nov. 2, 1915, the whole City of Joplin closed down for his funeral. Charles was a generous philanthropist, he once said that he wished he knew when he would die, so that he could give away every cent and die penniless.
He passed away at his home at 422 Sergeant St. from complications due to Diabetes and Chronic Nephritis.
The day of his funeral on Nov. 2, 1915, the whole City of Joplin closed down for his funeral. Missouri Death Certificate
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  Philippina Schifferdecker (1813 - 1896)
  Wilhelmina J. Martens Schifferdecker (1852 - 1915)*
  Charles Schifferdecker (1878 - 1878)*
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Mount Hope Cemetery
Webb City
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Aug 06, 2004
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This man helped my great-grandmother and her sister emigrate from Hamburg Germany in 1910. The ship's manifest from Ellis Island shows them as being "friends of Charles Schifferdecker". Bless him. I am eternally grateful for his generousity and guidance t...(Read more)
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Templar code: "Audentes Fortuna Iuvat" -"Fortune Favors the Brave"
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