Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
SCHULLER, JOHN N., a successful carpenter and contractor of Springfield, Ill., now practically retired from active life and living in his house at 1920 North Eighth Street, was born in Paris, France, February 2, 1842, received his education in his native city and there learned his trade. He is a son of John and Margaret (Clemons) Schuller, the former born in Luxemburg, Germany, and the latter in France. The father was a carpenter and spent most of his life in Luxemburg. He was born in 1805 and died in 1899. The mother lived out her life in Luxemburg. The maternal grandfather of John N. Schuller served under Napoleon in the France-Prussian War.
Mr. Schuller, the subject of this sketch, emigrated to America in 1861, landing in New York City. He proceeded to Chicago, where he spent a few months, then went to Dubuque, IA., and thence a few months later, to St. Paul, where he remained a short time and then returned to Dubuque, soon after locating in Springfield, Ill., his place of residence since that time. He has followed his trade very industriously until a few years since, and now spends but little time in actual labor, although he has many interests demanding his attention. He has been rather active in public affairs and served four years as Trustee of the village of Ridgely, of which he was one of the founders. He has contributed largely to the progress and growth of the village and has been active in its interests. He is a Democrat in politics and is a Roman Catholic in religious views, being a member of St. Joseph's parish. Mr. Schuller is an enthusiastic and useful citizen of his adopted country and shows his patriotism in many ways. He has the respect and esteem of his associates, who have most of them learned to appreciate his good qualities of mind and heart. He owns other city property besides his present home.
Mr. Schuller was married in Springfield, Ill., October 1, 1867, to Margaret Weaver, born in Hanover, Germany, February 10, 1846, daughter of John and Margarette Weaver. Mr. Weaver died in Germany and his widow afterward came to America, passing away at the home of Mrs. Schuller at the age of ninety-six years and twenty-three days. Of the eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Schuller, seven are living, namely: Bertha, wife of Michael Bowen, of Springfield; Josephine, married James Hutton, of Springfield; Pauline, wife of James Woods; Margaret, wife of Nicholas Longen; and John, Joseph and Nicholas, all of Springfield. Mr. Schuller and his wife have seven grandchildren.