History of Pettis County Mo 1919 by Mark McGruder, Page 590
(Transcribed by Laura Paxton)
Christian Neitzert, a successful farmer and stockman of Prairie township, is a native of Morgan County Missouri. He was born June 13 1857, in the old log cabin on the home place where his father settled in Morgan County. He is the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Rodenbach) Neitzert, both natives of Germany, who came to this country when they were young. Frederick Neitzert was born in 1820 and died in 1896. As a boy in his native land he worked in a rock quarry and also was employed in a foundry. He also worked in a stone quarry near St. Louis after coming to this country. At an early day, he settled in Morgan County, where he bought a farm of rough and unimproved land. He built a primitive log cabin on his place and proceeded to improve his land. When he was married, his entire cash capital consisted of only fifty cents, but he started out in life with a determination to succeed and after overcoming many difficulties, prosperity came to him, and he became the owner of over 500 acres of land in Morgan County, and at the time of his death he was considered well to do. During the Civil War, Frederick Neitzert served in the State Militia and saw quite a good deal of service in Missouri. He was at the battle of Cole Camp and took part in a number of minor engagements with bushwhackers. On one occasion, bushwhackers came to his home for the purpose of murdering him, but his wife succeeded in saving his life. She was born in 1835 and died in February 1915.
Christian Neitzert was reared on his father's farm in Morgan county and received his education in the public schools. In 1905, he came to Pettis County and purchased a farm and later purchased another one, both of which he has improved and brought under a high state of cultivation. His home place has one of the convenient, modern residences of Pettis County; the house is equipped with electric lights and is modern throughout.
Mr. Neitzert was united in marriage November 23 1892 with Miss Louisa A. Dinwiddie of Morgan County Missouri and to this union have been born five children, as follow: Gertrude, married N. Lane, Sedalia Missouri; Bessie Ann, resides at home with her parents; Raymond D., Lloyd C., and Elsie E., all residing at home with their parents.
Mr. Neitzert is a Republican and he and his family belong to the Baptist Church. Mr. Neitzert is one of the men of Pettis County who has made good and whatever success has come to him, has been by his own industry and unaided efforts.