Philip Schleifer

  • Birth: 26 JAN 1832 Alace-Loriane (Strousbourg)
  • Death: 26 MAR 1888
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  • Sex: M
  • Living: N


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Source: Marriage(s): Spouse: Johanna Fredricka REISTER Marriage: 1856 Saint Louis, St Louis, Missouri

Brother's name is Schmidt. Property in Halway sold to family for back taxes. Got sick in Van Buren, Mo. Buried in Slagle Cemetary, Bolivar Mo.

Soundex MO 1880 S416 Schleifer

Schleifer Philip Polk County, For 27, District 116, Shreet 2, Line 47 Born: Alsace Fredricka, 40, Baden Lizzie, 20, Mo. Julia, 19, Mo. Lewis, 14, Mo. Emma, 12, Mo. George, 10, Mo. Charlie, 7, Mo. Philip Jr., 5, Mo Rose, 2, Mo.

* Philip Schleifer's last letter (1888) * Mark Hicks * * 04/02/99

Wanda's cover letter said, “Working on the rail road. Last letter before he died.”

Van Buren Mo. 23th, 1888 We received Lissy letter to day. Geo Leg is getting better. Will be well by sunday. He look same. Ifeel better but have the bad cough and have no strength, but feel always hungry. One of McTighe partners is here now and my be… Lissie to marrow but he wood pay me for the timber and iron, if I get paid for that he will bring about 700 dol home, as soon as we get the money, we com home together, about selling off the land, tel them sell it Louis can buy it in, we have no good deed for it on account of Charlie Reister and Smiths can come any time and claim half of 160 acres it will only cost 15 dol. Louis buy it in and make Ma good deed for it and we will be shed of all the trouble Ma… and nodbody can trouble us like now if … in in our country he stole our shairs 2 man seen him (close?) up and th ewill swear to it, we let you know the day we leave here. Philip Schleifer

* “Bolivar Free Press artical. July 7, 1870.”: * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99

The Bolivar Free Press. Thursday, July 7, 1870… Our fellow-citizen, Phillip Schleifer, has been awarded the contract for building a new jail at Hermitage, Hickory county. He has also secured the contract for building a new stone dam across Sac River, at Dunnegan's Mill, estimated to cost $4,000. Mr. Schleifer is a master mechanic, in stone and brick work, and we are pelased to see his abilities so well appreciated.

* Miscellaneous notes * Mark Hicks * * 03/22/99

“Grandpa Schliefer”. Grandpa's folks died when he was a little boy. His half sister raised Grandpa. Left Brest, France when he was 16-18 years old. Gail says an old item from Napoleon was given to him. Lucille has the item. (A silk purse). Was an orphan. Came to US with two brothers. One died on ship and buried at sea (Babe's story). Brother's name was Schmidt. Had property in Halfway. Sold to family for back taxes. Wife was Fredricka Schliefer (04/15/1840-04/08/1909).

Notes on the old house: 1866, Dec 27. Bought Land. 1868. Build front room & upstairs. 1886. Build other two rooms. 1894. Built barn. (Alva says barn built in 1884). 1903. Build smokehouse (source: insurance policies).

* Story of immigration to U.S. * Mark Hicks * * 10/11/99

The following was sent to Mark Hicks by Kelly Schleifer in September 1999 in a letter.

”…Maybe you know the story I'm going to tell you but I thought I ought to tell you anyway. The hand-me-down story is that Grandpaw Schleifer and his two half brothers signed on to work on a ship coming to America, when they got here they jumped ship and swam to shore. One of them drowned. We don't know what happened to his half-brother that made it to shore. Dad told the story about Grandpa building the bridge buttons on a river in P.A. and a preacher by the name of Billy Sunday (a preacher like Billy Graham) asked Grandpa why he was digging his buttress so deep, Grandpaw told him he wanted to put them down in solid rock so they would last. Dad said the next sermon he preached he took his text on this young German boy butting his buttresses in solid rock. A dam broke on this r4iver and nothing was left but Grandpa's bridge. I saw something about this on T.V. once

“Lola May and I went to Otterville (Copper Co.) looking for the boy's grave that died but couldn't find anything. We've never been able to find apicture of Grandpa or any marriage license either. I think Grandpa always had the fear of them finding him and putting him back on that ship…”

* “Philip Schleifer Obituary”: * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99

Philip Schleifer, well known in … this … died at his home in … Benton township. For the past year he has been engaged in putting in stonework for the … River railroad in Southeast Missouri. He contracted malarial fever and returned home sick about two weeks ago. His death was quite sudden and is supposed to have been caused by ehart failure incident to the disease. Mr. Schleifer was of French descent and was born in the department of Alscace, January 20, 1832. He came to the United States in 1849 and to Polk county in 1865. He has been engaged in farming and stone contracting on buildings and bridges and railroad work. He was a skillful mechanic and a public spir… citizen, hard working and industrious. He leaves a good farm and $2,000 life insurance in the Equitable of New York.

* “Stone House, Halfway MO”: * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99

Sent to me by Kelly Schleifer. Back says “This is picture of old Schleifer stone house.”

* “Jefferson Bridge, Bolivar MO”: * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99

Sent to Mark Hicks by Kelly Schleifer, October 1999. Kelly wrote:

“Philip Schleifer built rock bridge buttman. Kelly's dad Philip and Aunt Lis “Elizabeth” did the cooking for the men. Kelly's dad said all he did was peel potatoes, he wasn't very old at the time.

An article accompanying the photo says:

“This gathering at the old Jefferson Bridge across the Pomme de Terre River north of Bolivar was either a camp meeting or a Sunday School picnic. All of the local churches used the Jefferson bridge site for gatherings, as well as creek bank baptisms. The bridge was in use on Highway D until the late 1960's when it was replaced by the modern concrete structure that now spans the river. The wooden floor was paved many years earlier, but traffic was still limited to one lane at a time over the narrow span…

* “Jail built by Philip Schleifer. Hickory County MO.”: * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99

* “Bolivar Free Press Article. 15 July 1969.”: * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99

The Bolivar Free Press. Thursday, July 15, 1869…. Workmen are engaged in laying up the cellar walls of the new business block, north side of the square. The indefatigable Slifer has the contract for stone-work, and expects to have his job completed and ready for the brick superstructure by the first of August…

* Philip Schleifer Life Story * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99

Received from Kelly Schleifer in Oct 1999.

Philip Schleifer was born in Alsace Loraine France Jan 26, 1832. 	He came to the United States in 1849 at the age of 17. From family stories handed down he had 1 half sister and 2 half brothers. His parents died when he was 7 years old and he then went to live with his half sister. It was her husband that was a stone mason and taught Philip the trade.
He landed in Pennsylvania and did some stone work there before he came to Missouri around 1857 to do work for the railroad.
July 27, 1862 while in Cooper Co he enrolled 52nd Regt Mo. Militia Union.
He moved to a farm in Polk Co. in 1867 and continued on with his stone mason work. He took sick while he was engaged in doing stone work on the Current River Railroad around Van Buren, Missouri with malaria fever. They brought him home where he died two weeks later on Mar 25, 1888 at the age of 56.
Most of his work has been destroyed though highway and railroad reconstruction including bridge piers across the Pomme de Terre river in Polk Co. also the James River in Green Co. but still standing true and perfect as he left it.
The Hermitage Jail build by Philip Schleifer in 1870-82 has little iron balls imbedded between the rocks to keep prisoners from removing the rock.

* Public Sale Notice - Philip Schleifer & Son. * Mark Hicks * * 10/25/99


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