August Schmidt is the owner of three hundred acres of excellent land in township 14, not far from Ithaca, and
his life record indicates what may be accomplished when ambition points out the way and when energy and determination
overcome the difficulties and obstacles that beset the path of all. A native of Germany, Mr. Schmidt was born October
14, 1849, of the marriage of Frederick and Louisa Schmidt, and spending his youthful days in his native country,
he there attended the common schools until he reached the age of fourteen years. He afterward was employed as a
farm hand until he reached the age of seventeen years, when he bade adieu to friends and native land and sailed
for the new world, spending six weeks as a passenger on a sailing vessel, during which time rough seas and stormy
weather were encountered. After landing on American soil he made his way to Wisconsin, where be was employed at
farm labor or in a mill for four years. In 1872 he arrived in Nebraska, making his way to Saunders county, which
was then a frontier district, the work of progress and improvement having scarcely been begun within its borders.
He homesteaded eighty acres and at once began to break the sod and till the soil, which in course of time he converted
into productive fields. As his financial resources increased he made other purchases and kept adding to his land
until at present he has three hundred acres. His holdings were formerly of greater extent, for in 1914 he sold
one hundred and twenty acres to his children. Everything about his place indicates his careful supervision and
practical methods. His business is systematically done, his work being carried on in a methodical manner, and his
energy is bringing to him substantial success.
On the 24th of October, 1875, Mr. Schmidt was united in marriage to Miss Johanna Scheuneman, daughter of Frederick
Scheuneman. To them were born five children, as follows: Annie, who is the wife of Gus Fimm, by whom she has five
children; Frank, who wedded Miss Aggie Schneider and has one son; Minnie, at home; Emma, who gave her hand in marriage
to Charles Hangman, by whom she has a daughter; and Clara, also at home. The wife and mother passed away in May,
1911, and was laid to rest in the cemetery of the Evangelical Association.
Mr. Schmidt attends the services of the Evangelical Association and guides his life by high and honorable principles.
In politics he pursues an independent course, voting for the man whom he regards as best qualified for the office.
He is ever willing to cooperate in matters relative to the general good and at all times stands for progress and
improvement along lines that will benefit the entire community.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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