P. A. Duke Schroer, reporter on the Quincy Journal, was born September 19, 1865, in the city which has continuously been his place of residence. His parents are Herman C. and Louisa Schroer, the latter the first child of German parents, born in Quincy. P. A. Duke Schroer acquired his education in the public schools of the city and afterward learned the printer’s trade in the offices of the Manufacturer’s Exchange, the Modern Argo and the Quincy Journal, after which he accepted a position on the Journal as a reporter, being connected continuously with the paper from the first issue in 1883 to the present time with the exception of a period of four years from 1888 until 1892, during which he served on the reportorial staff of the Quincy Herald and for two years, beginning in 1890 when he held the position of secretary to the Hon. J. Ross Mickey, member of Congress from the fifth Illinois district.
Mr. Schroer gives his political allegiance to the democracy and is prominent in the social and fraternal organizations of the city, belonging to the Firemen’s Benevolent Association, the Gem City camp, M. W. A., the Globe Tent of the Knights of the Maccabees and the Jefferson Club.
On the 25th if November, 1894, Mr. Schroer was married in Quincy to Miss Mary Ellen Brophy, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Brophy, of Quincy, Illinois. They have two children: George Carl and Catherine Julia. A son and daughter, Paul and Louisa, died in early childhood.
Source: Past and present of the city of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, p. 467; by William H. Collins, Cicero F. Perry, joint author; John Tillson. History of the city of Quincy, Illinois. [from old catalog]. Chicago, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1905.