Biography of George W. Schmidt
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

George Waldo Schmidt, a well known young man of Wellsville, is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Gilmore, Ohio, May 2, 1894, and is the son of Jacob and Louise (Rottman) Schmidt.

Jacob Schmidt, deceased, was a native of Germany. At the age of 20 years he came to this country and settled in Ohio. He was among the pioneer shoemakers of Wellsville, where he spent a great many years. He died Aug. 29, 1901, and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery His wife, a native of Ohio, resides with her son, George W., the subject of this sketch. To Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt were born 11 children, as follows: Dorothy, married E. E. Alton, lives at Wellsville; Jacob, lives at Lewisville, Ohio; Carl, deceased; Frank, a Spanish War veteran, lives at Wellsville; Mary, deceased, was the wife of Warren Myler, of Wellsville; Ollie and Harry, twins, live in Wellsville; Maude, married Thomas Madden, lives at Wellsville; Minnie, married William Curry, lives at Wellsville; Price, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; and George.

George Waldo Schmidt attended the schools of Wellsville, learned the potter's trade, and later entered the employ of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company, in whose employ he has been for a number of years. On May 24, 1917, he volunteered for service in the World War and served with Company D, 135th Machine Gun Battalion, 37th Division. He was in active service at the front for ten months and took part in many important battles of the war. He was severely gassed during the Argonne Drive, Sept. 28, 1918, and was discharged April 9, 1919.

On June 21, 1919, Mr. Schmidt was united in marriage with Miss Zetta Barnes, of Grandview, Ohio. She was born Feb. 5, 1902, and is the daughter of William and Mary (Haught) Barnes. Mr. Barnes died in 1904 and his wife lives in East Liverpool. They had four children: Pearl, married Harvey Howe, lives in East Liverpool; Josephine, married Ray Alton, lives in Wellsville; Rose, married George Hales, lives in East Liverpool; and Mrs. Schmidt. To Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt have been born two children: Mary Louise, born May 24, 1920; and George Timothy, born June 15, 1923.

Mr. Schmidt is an independent voter. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and American Legion.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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