Biography of Gottfried Schmidt
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Gottfried Schmidt was born in 1813 in Germany. When twelve years old his parents died within three weeks of each other. Beingleft thus early in life without the protecting care of his parents, he changed about until in 1849 he came to America. Remaining in St. Louis two years, he came northward to St. Paul in 1852. One and one half years later he went to West St. Paul and made a claim of one hundred and sixty acres which is still his home. Married, in 1852, Miss Mary Dickhndt. There came to his house, one day in 1854, an Indian with his little boy, wishing Mr. Schmidt to adopt him, he being one and one-half years old. He accordingly took into his household the bright little fellow, where he still remains, having grown to manhood under the guidance of his foster parents. He speaks both English and German.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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