Biography of Frederick M. Schildwachter
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FREDERICK MARTIN SCHILDWACHTER - Devoted for almost thirty years exclusively to one line of business, the retail selling of ice, and ever since 1892 a resident of and in business in The Bronx, Mr. Schildwachter today is at the head of one of the largest independent retail ice companies in the country. He was born in Waldeck, Germany, July 16, 1865, a son of Daniel and Katharine Schuldwachter, his father being a farmer. Both of his parents died while he was still in his infancy, and at the age of sixteen he came to the United States by himself.

Frederick Martin Schildwachter was educated in the public schools of his native town in Germany, and after coming to this country attended the public night school on One Hundred and Twenty fifth Street for two years. In 1886 he started in the ice business in Harlem, moving six years later, in 1892, to The Bronx where he continued in the same business. On January 1, 1909, he started in the retail ice business under his own name, the concern then being known as Fred M. Schildwachter. From small beginnings the business grew rapidly until, in 1925, it had some 4,500 individual customers. This growth, together with the fact that, as they grew to manhood, the founder's sons became associated; in business with their father, resulted in its incorporation, in 1916, under the firm name of F. M. Schildwachter & Sons, Inc., with headquarters at No. 1769 Webster Avenue, where it occupies its own modernly equipped building. Mr. Schildwachter himself is the president of the corporation, and all five of his sons are associated with him: Christian M., as treasurer, Fred H., as vice president, Albert G., as secretary, Daniel Arthur, engineer, and Charles, office manager. Mr. Schildwachter is a member of Silentia Lodge, No. 198, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Bronx Lodge, No. 871, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In politics he is a supporter of the Democratic party and as such is a member of the Arthur H. Murphy Association and the Jackson Democratic Club.

Mr. Schildwachter married, in New York City, February 18, 1891, Annie Sievert, a native of New York City, and daughter of Albert and Annie Sievert. Mr. and Mrs. Schildwachter are the parents of six children: 1. Christian M., born March 11, 1892; married and father of two children. 2. Fred H., born October 10, 1893; married and father of one boy. 3. Albert G., born January 3, 1895. 4. Margaret, born April 26, 1897. 5. Daniel Arthur, born April 19, 1899: married and father of one girl. 6. Charles, born October 31, 1901.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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