Carl Joseph Schneider was born on 22 January 1855 in Erpel, Neuwied, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. He was the son of Johann Wilhelm Schneider and Anna Sibylle Lindlohr. He was only seven years old when his mother died on 2 April 1862. His father remarried less than a year later, to Adelheid Noll. Carl was sixteen when his father died on 13 November 1871.
On 31 January 1878, Carl married Christina Nagel in Bonn, Germany. The couple settled in Carl's father's hometown of Remagen, Ahrweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Christina's father and stepmother moved there as well. Carl worked as a tailor in Remagen.
Carl and Christina had seven children: my great-grandfather Johann, later known as John (born 6 December 1878 in Remagen); Johann Wilhelm (born 5 July 1882 in Remagen, died 17 August 1882 in Remagen); Johann Wilhelm, later known as William J. (born 8 December 1883 in Remagen); Carl J. (born 17 March 1885 in Remagen); Rudolph (born 21 September 1886 in Remagen); Anna Maria (born 25 November 1888 in Remagen); and Maria, later known as Marie, (born 11 April 1890 in Remagen).
I am not sure when Carl first grew a moustache, but he had one when my great-grandfather was a young boy.
Johann (John) and Carl Joseph Schneider
As time passed, Carl's moustache grew bigger and fuller.
Photo by Bapt. Schneider Photogr. Atelier, Fürstenbergerstrasse, Remagen, Rhein-Erft, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Carl, Christina, and their children left Remagen in 1892 and immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri, where Carl's brother Johann Wilhelm (John William) was living. Carl continued to work as a tailor. He also continued to sport a moustache.
Photo by Pietz, 1630 Franklin Ave., St. Louis, Missouri
Carl took a trip back to Germany in 1900. He knew that he was dying of cancer, and he visited with friends and relatives there one last time. He died of stomach cancer on 5 November 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri and was buried in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, in Section 035, Lot 0160.