Biography of Carl Schmitt
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CARL SCHMITT, retired business man and one of the well known citizens of the South Side, came to Cleveland nearly half a century ago, and has in many ways been prominently identified with the civic affairs of the old village of Brooklyn, now included in the City of Cleveland.

Mr. Schmitt was born in Ludwieshaf en, on the River Rhine, Bavaria, Germany, September 18, 1854, son of Andrew and Elizabeth Schmitt, also Bavarians. His father at the time of his death in 1866 was postmaster of Landau, and had been in the government service for many years. During the German revolution of 1848 he remained loyal to the government, took good care of the postoffice, and for his services was awarded a gold medal by the King of Bavaria. Pensions were also granted to his widow and six sons and two daughters.

In the fall of 1869, Mrs. Andrew Schmitt and her children came to America. Before leaving she deposited with the Bavarian authorities her husband's gold medal as a pledge for her return at some time to the old home. This pledge secured a continuation of the pensions for her and her children until the latter became of legal age and until her death. The family came direct to Columbus, Ohio, where relatives were living, but later came to Cleveland.

Two days after the family reached Columbus Carl Schmitt, only fifteen, made arrangements to work in a drug store. From that stage until his retirement after a successful business career he was never without employment, and always in connection with the drug business. When, in the fall of 1875, Mr. Schmitt came to Cleveland, it was for the purpose of taking a position for which he had previously arranged. In the fall of 1876 he took charge as clerk of a drug store in Brooklyn village. A year later he made arrangements to purchase the business on credit. This store was located at Forestdale and West Twenty fifth streets. Subsequently he bought ground at the corner of Garden and West Twenty fifth, erecting a store and flat building combined, and at that location developed a handsome business. Recently this property was sold to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple Company, and upon that ground and some adjacent property the Masons will erect a Masonic Temple which will be an ornament and great improvement to the locality.

During both of President Cleveland's administrations Mr. Schmitt served as postmaster of Brooklyn village. He was also a member and for several years clerk and president and treasurer of the board of education, and was superintendent of the infirmary in the hospital during the last part of the term of Mayor. Farley and the first part of Mayor Johnson's term. After forty years of active and successful business Mr. Schmitt retired, and now lives in comfort at his fine home at 3003 Archwood Avenue, surrounded with all the evidences of material prosperity and friendship and esteem. Mr. Schmitt was one of the organizers of the Cleveland Pharmaceutical Association, and served one term as vice president of the Ohio State Pharmaceutical Association.

His first wife was Ruby E. Lee, granddaughter of Judge William Lee, of Cleveland. She died leaving two daughters and one son: Gertrude, who is the wife of Albert Winslow, of Cuyahoga County and the mother of two children, Sallie Lee and David. Laura Elizabeth, the second daughter, is the wife of John R. Wilson, of Lakewood, and they have a son, Richard John. Roland Lee, the only son, is a graduate in agriculture of Ohio State University, is engaged in farming in Cuyahoga County, and is married and has one daughter, Laura Lee. Mr. Schmitt's second wife, Lena B. Loesch, daughter of Gottfried and Walbergel (Duffner) Loesch. Her people were pioneers of Newburg, now included in Cleveland. Gottfried Loesch was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, in 1820, came to the United States in 1843 and after five years in New York City settled at Newburg in 1848. He and his wife were married in 1853.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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