HENRY J. SCHMIDT.
A representative of a well known family of Poweshiek county, Henry J. Schmidt has most creditably upheld the name
and is one of the prosperous farmers of Washington township. He has, from his boyhood, been actuated by a laudable
ambition to excel in whatever he undertook, and there are few farmers of his age in central Iowa who can truly
claim a more practical knowledge of agriculture and stock raising.
He is a native of Washington township and was born on the old family homestead, June 21, 1873, being a son of Peter
and Eliza (Saunders) Schmidt, the former of whom was born in Germany and the latter in Pennsylvania. The father
emigrated to America and lived for several years in Pennsylvania, after which he took up his residence on a farm
in Washington township, Poweshick county, Iowa. He was highly successful in his vocation, becoming one of the leading
farmers of the county, and he and his wife are now living retired. They are both members of the Catholic church
and in politics he gives his support to the democratic party. In their family were ten children, as follows: William,
who is now living in Washington township; Sarah, who is the wife of Herman Selle, also of Washington township;
Samuel, who lives in Jasper county, Iowa; Frank, who is deceased; Henry J., of this review; Mary, now the wife
of William Whalen, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; Rosie, the wife of August Greagor, of Napoleon, North Dakota; Peter, who
is living at home; Elizabeth, the wife of Guy Ford, of Howard, North Dakota; and Francis, who lives at home.
Henry J. Schmidt attended the district schools of Washington township and assisted his father upon the home farm
until reaching the age of twenty one years. He then began business upon his own account by renting land, which
he cultivated for five years, after which he purchased one hundred and twenty acres in Washington township as his
home farm. He devotes his attention especially to raising horses and cattle and, being a good judge of animals
and thoroughly interested in his calling, he is meeting with a gratifying measure of success. He is energetic and
progressive and always keeps thoroughly informed as to the markets and the best methods in agriculture and stock
raising. He has for years past been a steadily growing influence in the community.
On the 13th of October, 1898, Mr. Schmidt was married to Miss Mary E. Schmitz, a daughter of John Schmitz, of Grinnell
township, a record of whom appears elsewhere in this work. He and his wife are members of the Catholic church,
in which they were reared, and he is a liberal contributor toward its maintenance. In political faith he adheres
to the democratic party, but he does not seek public office, as his time and energies are devoted to his farm.
He is a man of unexceptionable character and it may be said of him that he is most honored where he is best known.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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