L. Schrieber, a finished machinist and boiler maker, whose marine life began in 1891, attained to the position of chief engineer in a comparatively short time, receiving his first license in 1897. He was born in Piqua, Ohio, on October 27, 1864, and is a son of Henry and Veronica (Miller) Schreiber, both of whom were born in Bavaria, Germany, and came to the United States in 1857, locating in Piqua, where the father went into business as a weaver. Lewis Schreiber also leared that trade, serving an apprenticeship in the felt mills of F. Gray & Co., with whom he remained eight years. In 1885 Mr. Schreiber went to Chicago and found employment in Mr. Mason's boiler shop, on North Clinton street, after about a year going to New York for a short time, and on his return to Chicago working in C. Pfeifer's boiler shop. Proceeding to Sacramento, Cal., he entered the employ of the Central Pacific Railway Company there. The next scene of his labor was Winslow, Ariz., where he worked in the Atlantic & Pacific railroad shops. He also passed some time in the Central Pacific shops at Eustice, Texas, building locomotive fire-box boilers. On again returning to Chicago he re-entered the employ of Mr. Mason. In the spring of 1891 Mr. Schreiber shipped as fireman on the steamer F. S. Butler, closing the season on the tug Robbie Dunham, and following with a season as fireman on the steamer Bob Teed. In the spring of 1893 he shipped as fireman on the tug L. P. Johnson, and in 1894 was prmoted to the berth of oiler on the steamer Northern Wave. After firing the next two seasons on the tug A. G. Van Schaick, Mr. Schreiber applied for and was granted marine engineer's license and entered the employ of Commodore J. S. Dunham as second engineer of the lake tug Perfection; in 1898 he was promoted to the office of chief engineer on that boat, which he now holds.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.