John Schreier (1827-1892), Cabinet Maker
AKA: Jan Srayer, Jan Schreier, John Srayer
Jan Srayer was born in Cista, Bohemia on April 22, 1827. He was married to Jana (aka Johanna and Jennie), and they had three sons, Emil, Vincent, and Raimond (Raymond) born in the Prague district before immigrating to the United States in about 1865.[4:388] The family lived for a few years in Chicago wile Jan Srayer worked as a cabinet maker. In 1870, the family relocated to Knox County where they would remain for many generations. Initially, the Srayers settled along Steel Creek near the Niobrara River in the Pischelville community.[4:388]] In 1890, the family left their farm in Western Township and moved to Verdigre, Nebraska where their descendants would lead their careers.
Srayer was one of the original Czech settlers in this growing Bohemian settlement, where he built his family home using his specially trained cabinet making techniques. Over the first decade in Knox County, the family evolved their last name to the more German-sounding "Schreier", and Jan changed his first name to John. His son Emil Schreier began a three-generation long lumber business and designed at least one building in Verdigre. Emil's son, John's grandson, got his degree in architecture and became a notable Nebraskan architect. John Srayer died in 1892.[4:388]
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Educational & Professional Associations
ca. 1850s-1865: Jan Srayer, Cabinet Maker, Prague, Bohemia.
1965-1870: John Schreier, Cabinet Maker, Chicago, Illinois.
1870-1892: John Schreier, Cabinet Maker, Knox County, Nebraska.
Buildings & Projects
Schreier (Srayer-Dryak) Farmstead House (ca. 1870), along Steel Creek, Pischelville Settlement, Knox County, Nebraska. [KXO0-22]
1. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Emil Schreier,” Verdigre Township, Knox County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.
2. “Emil Schreier” Findagrave Accessed May 3, 2019 via 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’’ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95440243/emil-schreier
6. "Schreier House" Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey in NSHS file [KXO0-22]
D. Murphy & Lydia Allen, “John Schreier (1827-1892), Cabinet Maker,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 3, 2019. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 18, 2022.
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