One of the excellent citizens and efficient farmers of Highland township is Bernhard Schmidt, who owns one hundred
and sixty acres of productive land on section 32. He was born in Prussia, Germany, on the 20th of August, 1855,
of the marriage of Johan and Eva (Thimgan) Schmidt, who passed their entire lives in their native land, where the
father engaged in farming. To them were born seven children, of whom five came to America: Adelia, who is now Mrs.
C. Miller and lives in Cass county, Nebraska; Herman, also a resident of Cass county; Augusta, who lives in Pierce,
Nebraska; and Theresa, who resides in Colorado.
Bernhard Schmidt received his education in Germany and remained in that country until he was twenty one years of
age, when he accompanied his brothers and sisters to this country. After living in Cass county, Nebraska, for two
years he went to Seward county, whence he came to Adams county in the spring of 1885. For about four years he was
engaged in carpenter work in Hastings but in the meantime, in 1886, he purchased his present farm in Highland township,
to which he removed in 1888. He has since lived there and the excellent condition of the place testifies to his
enterprise and good management. He grows grain, wheat, oats and alfalfa and also raises horses and a few hogs.
His progressive spirit is indicated by the fact that he introduced the culture of alfalfa to this county. shipping
four hundred pounds of seed here from Colorado and sowing one hundred pounds himself, while the remaining three
hundred was distributed equally among three other men. These four experimental fields proved successful and at
the present time alfalfa is generally grown throughout the county. He has always sought to keep in touch with the
developments in scientific agriculture and has at all times been ready to profit by the discoveries of investigators
although he has not been unduly hasty in discarding time tried methods. This combination of progressiveness with
conservatism leads to success in agriculture as in other fields and he has gained financial independence.
At Seward, Nebraska, in 1883, Mr. Schmidt was married to Miss Emma Thimgnen, a daughter of Michael and Adelia (
Cirot) Thimgnen. The maternal grandfather of Mrs. Schmidt was a school teacher in Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt
have become the parents of ten children. Antonia, who was born in Seward county, Nebraska, in 1885, is now the
wife of John Thompson, and lives in Hastings. Otto, born in Hastings in 1886, married Miss Mary Kennedy and is
now living in Highland township. Ernest, born in Hastings in 1887, is farming in the employ of others in this county.
Harry, born upon the home farm in 1890, married Miss Annie Wisdom. Lena, whose birth occurred on the 26th of January,
1892, died at the age of two years and three months. Albert, born in 1894, Martha, in 1897, Josephine, in 1898,
Etta, in 1901, and Fred, in 1904, are all at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt belong to the German Evangelical church and guide their lives by its teachings. He votes the
republican ticket but has never had time to take a very active part in politics, his farming interests demanding
his undivided attention. His ability, integrity and genial spirit have made him popular among those who have been
associated with him and he is highly respected wherever known.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium