Emil Schreier was born in Austria, April 25, 1862. His parents came to America, when he was about three years old and settled in Chicago, where his father was engaged as a cabinet maker.
When he was between eight and nine years old, the family came to Knoxville, which is 18 and 1/2 miles, west of Verdigre, where they settled on a homestead nearby. Here he was raised to manhood.
Mr. Schreier has been a resident of Verdigre for thirty three and one half years. His time having been spent in the lumber business.
He was first connected with The Horton Lumber yard and later bought him out and successfully carried on his business. In 1918, he formed a partnership with Joseph Klappal. A little over a year later, he again took full possession.
Sunday, March 9, Mr. Schreier went to Norfolk to undergo an operation for gall trouble, but the effects of the ether proved too much for his strength. On Thursday morning, March 13th, he quietly passed away.
Mr. Schreier will always be remembered as one of the communities most successful business men. He has served on the school board a number of years and has always worked and boosted for the good of Verdigre.
His death came as a great shock. Our community mourns the loss of a respected citizen, who shall live in our memory forever.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows and ZCBJ Lodge.
He leaves to mourn his loss a wife; four sons, Eugene, Emil, Oscar and Clifford and one daughter, Mrs. E. Sandoz; also one brother, Raymond, all of Verdigre, except Eugene and Clifford of Janousek, S.D.
The Masons took charge of the funeral, which was held at the ZCBJ Hall, Saturday, March 15th at one o'clock. Businessmen closed their shops and gathered with a large crowd to weave a wreath amaranthine to the memory and the honor of a soul taken from our midst.
Interment was made in Riverside Cemetery.
...The Verdigre Citizen 13 March 1924
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