Schneider enjoys friends and relatives
Osgood resident to celebrate 99 years
Cindy DiFazio, Staff Writer
In Osgood, as in most of rural America, people
are proud of the many generations of their families who still call
Osgood home. Our roots run deep.
Abe Schneider, who will celebrate his 99th birthday on April 15,
first put his roots into Ripley County soil in 1921 at age 13. Schneiders
father, a Russian Jew, had emigrated to Osgood, via Cincinnati and
North Vernon in the first decade of the 1900s and set up a
The elder Schneider came to America because of persecution in his
native Russia. Abe explained, When you lived there, theyd
draft you into the service for three years. His dad went into
the armed services and served out his time, where Abe said his father
was mistreated because he was Jewish. Thats why he came
to America, Abe continued.
Mr. Schneider came to the states alone because he needed to make
some money in order to send for his wife and three sons, Abe, Ralph
and Simon. His wifes sister and her husband lived in Cincinnati,
so thats where Schneider began his search for the American
dream. Soon after, he learned that there was a need for men who
knew the harnessing business in southeastern Indiana. He rode the
rails to North Vernon and then on to Osgood where he established
his family-owned business in 1917.
Four years later, in 1921, Schneider was finally able to send for
his family in Novogrod Volinsk, Russia. They had not been able to
cross the ocean because of World War I. Their arrival marked the
beginning of the generations of Schneiders who continue to live,
thrive and contribute to this community.
Abe says that he started in the junk business at age 20. It began
as a side interest to the harness shop. He also ran Abe Schneiders
Shoe Store, in a building where Osgood Primary Care is now located,
for 18-20 years.
Abe is the last surviving member of the original Schneider family
who came to America more than eight decades ago. His brother, Ralph,
tragically died in a car wreck at age 21. Simon, passed away in
1999 at age 88.
Schneider and his wife, Myrtle, raised four children in Osgood -
Sherrill, Marcia, Kathie and Ralph. Myrtle passed away November
5, 2004 just one day after her 94th birthday.
Now there are eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two
(so far) great-great-grandchildren to carry the name far into the
The family enjoyed a grand celebration Easter Sunday to mark Abes
99th birthday. Family members wouldnt miss it, coming from
as far away as Canada and California. Asked what he enjoys doing
these days, Abe replied, As long as you can get around, you
CINDY DI FAZIO PHOTO
Abe Schneider holds his birthday greeting from President
George Bush. His father migrated to America from Russia
and was able to bring his family, including Abe, to America