Biography of Oscar Walter Schindler
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Oscar Walter Schindler. Since attaining his majority Oscar Walter Schindler has found himself busied with constantly increasing duties and responsibilities as a farmer and stockman in Sidney Township, and is now handling a large part of the farming estate acquired by his father in that section of Champaign County.
Mr. Schindler was born at Sidney, December 13, 1886, a son of Robert H. and Alvina P. (Block) Schindler. The parents were both natives of Germany. His father was brought to this country at the age of two years, spent his youth in New York State, and in 1860 joined the early settlers of Champaign County. For a time he lived in the village of Sidney and subsequently bought a farm in section 28 of that township. His efforts as a farmer were more than ordinarily successful and at the time of his death on January 13, 1912, he owned an estate of 600 acres, magnificently improved and recognized as one of the best individual farms in the entire county. The widowed mother is still living on the old homestead. There were five children: John E. of Sidney Township; Fred, who died in infancy; William H. of Sidney Township; Oscar W.; and Freda K., wife of Orville Zook of Danville, Illinois.
Oscar Walter Schindler grew up in a home of simple comforts, was educated in the district schools, and acquired a practical knowledge of farming even before he reached his majority. At the age of twenty-one he rented 120 acres, and farmed it until 1912. Then for two years he had 130 acres and is now handling 205 acres of the old homestead. He is rapidly developing the registered Shorthorn cattle as a primary interest in his farming.
Mr. Schindler is a Republican and a member of the German Reformed Church. His father was a man of well known public spirit and served at one time as supervisor and also as school trustee.