Sergeant Leodegar Schnyder
Born in Switzerland in 1814, Schnyder came to the United States with his parents in 1829. Enlisting in the army in 1837, he saw action in the Seminole War. In 1849 Schnyder's company was ordered to the newly established Fort Laramie, an isolated outpost on the overland trails. During the many years he served there, it was a focal point for emigrant travel and military campaigns, instrumental in the settlement of the West.
In 1852 Schnyder was promoted to Ordnance Sergeant and he later served as garrison postmaster. He was noted for his strict adherence to military regulations. Twice married at the post, he raised his children there. He retired from the army four years after being transferred to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1886. With his second wife, Julia, he settled on a farm near Tobias, Nebraska, where he died December 19, 1896.
Erected by Saline County; Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 136.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 25.385′ N, 97° 19.998′ W. Marker is in Tobias, Nebraska, in Saline County. Marker is on State Highway 74, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Northeast corner of Tobias. Marker is in this post office area: Tobias NE 68453, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ohiowa Auditorium (approx. 6.3 miles away).
Categories. • Military •
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