Emil Schreier (1862-1924), Builder-Architect

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Emil Schreier, ca. 1910s
Verdigre, Nebraska, 1891-1924

Emil Schreier was born on April 25, 1862 in Austria, the son of Jana (aka Johanna & Jennie) Scheinor and John Schreier, Cabinet Maker. His parents came to America when he was about three years old and settled in Chicago, where his father was engaged as a cabinet maker. When he was about nine, the family moved to Knoxville, near Verdigre, Nebraska.[1][2][5]

Schreier was one of the original Czech settlers in Knox County, located in the Pischelville community in 1870 along with his father, Jan Srajer (1827-1892), and brothers Vincent and Raimond.[3][4] He worked for thirty-three years in the lumber business in Verdigre. He also built the Nebraska State Bank Building in Verdigre in 1911.[3] He married Mary Novacek in 1889 and they had three sons and a daughter. Their son Emil Paul became a notable architect in Nebraska. Schreier's Lumber is the oldest active business in Verdigre, with three generations of Schreiers following Emil in the family business.[6] Emil Schreier died in 1924.[3][4][5][6]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Educational & Professional Associations

1892-1918: employee, The Horton Lumber Yard, Verdigre, Nebraska.[1][3][5][6]

1902-1908: stockholder, Knox County Bank and Bank of Verdigre, Verdigre, Nebraska.[4]

1918: partner with Joseph Klappal, Lumber Yard, Verdigre, Nebraska.[1][3][5]

1919-1924: owner, Schreier Lumber Yard, Verdigre, Nebraska.[1][3][5][6]

Buildings & Projects

Nebraska State Bank Building (1911), Verdigre, Nebraska.[3:387-88]



1. 1910 United States Census, s.v. Emil Schreier, Verdigre Township, Knox County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

2. “Emil Schreier” FindaGrave.com https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95440243/emil-schreier

3. Margie Sobotka, comp., Nebraska, Kansas Czech Settlers, 1891-1895 (Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, 1980), 41a-47.

4. Rose Rosicky, A History of Czechs (Bohemians) in Nebraska (Omaha: Czech Historical Society of Nebraska, 1929), 186.

5. “Obituaries” The Verdigre Citizen, March 13, 1924 via FindaGrave Accessed May 1, 2019 via https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95440243/emil-schreier

6. "About Schreier Lumber Co." Schreier's Lumber Co. Website Accessed May 3, 2019 via http://www.schreierlumber.com/about-us.html

Page Citation

Lydia Allen, “Emil Schreier (1862-1924), Builder-Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 19, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, November 29, 2023.

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