Biography of George W. Schmidt
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GEORGE W. SCHMIDT.
On the list of Marion county's honored dead appears the name of George W. Schmidt, who passed away on his home farm in Knoxville township on the 21st of September, 1900. He was numbered among the "boys in blue" of the Civil war and throughout his life manifested the same spirit of loyalty in the discharge of all duties of citizenship. At different periods he was connected with industrial and agricultural pursuits and ultimately became one of the substantial farmers of Marion county, his success being attributable entirely to his well directed labors. A native of Ohio, he was born near Loudonville on the 29th of April, 1843, a son of Charles and Mary

(Claus) Schmidt, who came to Marion county prior to the Civil war and spent their remaining days here as farming people. In their family were two sons and four daughters and of that number one daughter and one son are now deceased.

George W. Schmidt spent the first fifteen or sixteen years of his life in his native state and then came with his parents to Iowa, remaining upon the home farm until after the outbreak of the Civil war. He was but nineteen years of age when in 1862 he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting in Company A of the Thirty third Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He served until the close of the war, and although he particpated in a number of hotly contested engagements, he was never wounded. He suffered, however, from disease. When hostilities were ended he returned home with a creditable military record. In business he was successful notwithstanding the fact that he had to start out without capital. In early life he learned and followed the carpenter's trade, being identified with building operations for a number of years, but when his industry and economy had brought him a sufficient sum of money to purchase land he invested in eighty acres, was married and established a home of his own, after which he added to and improved his farm and was identified with general agricultural interests until his demise.

It was in October, 1870, that Mr. Schmidt wedded Miss Margaret J. Bridgen, who survives him and for the past two years has made her home at the Armstrong place on section 35, Knoxville township. She was born near Zanesville, Ohio, January 24, 1849, and was only about five years of age when her family removed to Marion county, her girlhood days being spent in a log cabin upon the home farm where she now resides. To Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt were born eight children, of whom one died in infancy, while seven are yet living: Ernest E., an agriculturist of Knoxville township; Mary M., the wife of John Rietvelt, who follows farming west of Knoxville; Katherine, at home; Fred, an agriculturist by occupation; Frank, who is engaged in farming in Knoxville township; Jessie, at home; and Horace, who is married and operates the old home place. Mrs. Schmidt is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and has many sterling qualities which have gained for her the warm friendship of those with whom she has been brought in contact.

Mr. Schmidt was a democrat in his political views, always giving stalwart support to the party which was the defense of the Union during the dark days of the Civil war. He wore the little bronze button which proclaimed him a member of the Grand Army of the Republic his local connection being with J. C. Ferguson Post. He greatly enjoyed meeting with his old army associates and they entertained for him warm regard. He was never neglectful of duty, whether in relation to his country, to his home locality or to his friends, and when he passed away on the old homestead in Knoxville township, September 21, 1900, genuine grief was felt on the part of many besides his immediate family. The greater part of his life had been passed in Marion county and those who knew him recognized the fact that he had many sterling traits of character.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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