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Sunday, May 31, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 22 "Commencement": John Schneider

My great-grandfather John Schneider and his parents and siblings came to St. Louis, Missouri from Remagen, Germany in 1892. By 1895, John was working as a tailor like his father. He did not remain a tailor throughout his life, though. By 1918, he worked as a manager for Modern Woodmen of America. His brother Rudolph was a lawyer. Rudolph graduated from City College of Law and Finance in 1917. John also decided to attend law school. On 2 June 1921, he graduated from City College of Law and Finance.

Commencement was held at Sheldon Memorial Hall. John William MacIvor, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, gave the commencement address. Max Goldman's Orchestra performed the music: "Stars and Stripes Forever" march by John Philip Sousa, "The Spring Maid" by Heinrich Reinhardt, "Broken Moon", "Down the Trail to Home, Sweet Home" and the quartet from the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. Hon. Henry S. Caulfield, City Counselor of St. Louis, presented the law students with their diplomas.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5 June 1921

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