Biography of William F. Schmidt
Poweshiek County, IA Biographies





William F. Schmidt, an enterprising and energetic agriculturist of Poweshiek county, owns a well improved tract of land, comprising one hundred and twenty acres in Washington township, and devotes his attention to both farming and stock raising. His birth occurred in that township on the 18th of May, 1864, his parents being Peter and Eliza (Sanders) Schmidt, who are mentioned at greater length in another part of this work. Unto them were born ten children, as follows: William F., of this review; Sarah, the wife of Harmon Sullee, of Washington township; Samuel, who is a resident of Jasper county, Iowa; Henry J., living in Washington township, and who is represented elsewhere in this volume; Elizabeth, the wife of Guy Ford, who makes her home in Canada; Peter and Francis, both at home; Frank, who is deceased; Mary, the wife of William Whalen, of Mahaska county, Iowa; and Rose, the wife of August Gregor, of Bismarck, North Dakota.

William F. Schmidt obtained his education in the schools of his native township. Upon leaving school he assisted in the operation of the home farm for several years. He also worked at well driving and tile laying for a time. In 1899 he purchased his present farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Washington township, draining the land and otherwise improving the property. In addition to cultivating the crops best adapted to soil and climate he also devotes considerable attention to the raising of stock, having met with a gratifying measure of success in both branches of his business.

On the 28th of December, 1898, Mr. Schmidt was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Mader, a daughter of John and Anna Marie (Bausch) Mader, both of whom were natives of Baden, Germany, the former born in September, 1832, and the latter on the 28th of September, 1833. Their marriage was celebrated in the fatherland. John Mader, who was a farmer by occupation, emigrated to the United States in 1882, locating in Moline, Illinois, where he labored in the mills and also in the plow works. His demise occurred on the 5th of December, 1892, while his wife was called to her final rest on the 29th of December, 1898, both passing away in the faith of the Catholic church. Their children were seven in number, namely: Anton, who is a resident of Germany; Barbara, who is the wife of Max Hauger and also resides in Germany; Joseph, living in the state of Washington; Engelbert, of Colfax, Washington; Mrs. Christian Kill, deceased, of Moline, Illinois; Mrs. Schmidt, who was born in Bade; Germany, on the 3d of November, 1865, and who accompanied her parents on their emigration toe the United States; and Gustav, who is a resident of San Francisco, California. Unto Mr. and Mrs. William F. Schmidt have been born two children: Anna Marie, whose natal day was November 16, 1899; and Joseph Frederick, whose birth occurred on the 19th of March, 1904.

In politics Mr. Schmidt is independent, supporting men and measures rather than party. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Catholic church, of which his wife is also a devoted communicant. He has resided in Poweshiek county from his birth to the present time. That his life has ever been upright and honorable is indicated by the fact that the associates of his boyhood and youth are still numbered among his stanch friends and admirers.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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