Biography of Alfred H. Schroder

Alfred H. Schroder, a native of Germany, is a successful real estate businessman in Fontanelle. After living in Fontanelle since 1911, he transitioned from the automobile business to real estate and has established a strong client base through numerous important realty transactions. Growing up on a farm, he later cultivated rented land as a farmer before venturing into his current profession. Mr. Schroder possesses extensive knowledge of the real estate market, enabling him to accurately assess property values and make profitable deals for his clients. Alongside his wife, Lena Queck, he is a dedicated member of the Lutheran church and has raised a family of five children. With his enterprising and progressive approach, Mr. Schroder has achieved significant success in his business endeavors.

Alfred H. Schroder is engaged in the real-estate business in Fontanelle, in which connection he has gained a good clientage, having negotiated many important realty transfers. He has lived in Fontanelle since 1911 and for a time was engaged in the automobile business but subsequently turned his attention to his present line. He is a native of Germany, born February 4, 1880, his parents being Fritz and Henrietta (Schmidt) Schroder, both of whom were natives of the same country, whence they came to the new world in 1884, settling upon a farm in Adair county, Iowa. The father, who devoted his remaining days to general agricultural pursuits, passed away February 27, 1913, but the mother survives.

Alfred H. Schroder was one of a family of seven children, of whom three are yet living. The days of his boyhood and youth were spent under the parental roof and during that period he acquired a public-school education. His early training was that of the farm and when he started out in business life on his own account it was as a farmer. For ten years he engaged in the cultivation of rented land and in 1911 he took up his abode in Fontanelle, where he began dealing in automobiles. Later he turned his attention to the real-estate business, in which he is now engaged and he handles both town and farm property. He knows what real estate is upon the market and places a correct valuation thereon, so that he is able to make judicious purchases and profitables sales for his clients.

On the 30th of April, 1902, Mr. Schroder was united in marriage to Miss Lena Queck, a native of Germany, and a daughter of Paul and Augusta Queck, who were likewise born in that land. The parents came to America in 1888, settling upon a farm in Adair county, where they still make their home. Moreover, their family circle, which includes eleven children, still remains unbroken by the hand of death – a notable record. Mr. and Mrs. Schroder have become the parents of five children: Paul E., Emma, Margaret, Alfred and Rudolph.

In his political views Mr. Schroder is a republican and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking. He was for two years a school director but otherwise he has not held public office, preferring always to contribute his energies upon his business affairs. He and his wife are consistent members of the Lutheran church. They occupy one of the most attractive homes of Fontanelle, standing in the midst of two and a half acres of land which is highly improved. Mr. Schroder is enterprising and progressive in his business methods and advancing step by step he has already reached a far point on the highroad to success.


Kilburn, Lucian Moody ed.; History of Adair county, Iowa, and Its People; Pioneer Publishing Co., Chicago, 1915.

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