Philip Schaller, County treasurer, was born in Woerth, province of Alsace, Germany, in 1838; came to America and landed at N.Y. City in April, 1854, and in Dec. of the same year located at Dubuque, Ia., and engaged in wagon-making. He enlisted in 1862 at National, Ia., in the 27th la. Inft., was sent to Minn. among the Indians, and thence south; was with Gens. Sherman, Smith, Steele and Thomas in some of the principal battles; was mustered out at the close of the war, and returned to Clayton County, Ia. He purchased land in Sac County in 1868, returned to Clayton County and remained until 1870, then engaged in farming in Sac County, on 640 acres of land. He was agent for the Iowa Railroad Land Company while living on the farm, and was afterwards transferred to Storm Lake, and held the agency for Buena Vista County until he was elected treasurer of Sac County in 1877, to which office he has been re-elected each successive term since. He is now land agent for this county, having been appointed in Jan., 1878. He has been a member of the board of supervisors of this county for five years. He organized a Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Co. in 1874, and was elected as its President, which office he still holds. The insurance company has about $800,000, issued in policies and on property.
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