Biography of John J. Schmid
North Central Ohio Biographies

John J. Schmid. One of the most prominent business men of Wayne County is John J. Schmid, who is president of the Smith Dairy Products Company, of Orrville. He was born in East Union Township, Wayne County, Dec. 10, 1885, the son of Peter and Marie Schmid.

Both Peter Schmid and his wife were natives of Switzerland, born in 1845 and 1858, respectively. They were early settlers of Wayne County and spent many years on a farm in East Union Township. Mr. Schmid died in 1913 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville. His widow resides at Orrville. Their children were: Peter; Mary, deceased; John J., the subject of this sketch; Rosa; William, who is treasurer of the Smith Dairy Products Company; Lena, deceased; Emily; Esther; and Amos.

John J. Schmid attended the district school of East Union Township and remained on his father's farm until 1905. He spent the next year as a machinist in an Orrville shop, and in 1909 became interested in the dairy business with his brother, Peter Schmid. They purchased the dairy business of Cyrus Walters, of Orrville. The business began in a small way and the original partnership continued until 1915, at which time John J. Schmid assumed his brother's interest in the dairy. Five years later he formed a partnership with his brother, William Schmid, and the business continued until 1930, at which time it was incorporated as the Smith Dairy Products Company, with the following officers: John J. Schmid, president; Mrs. John J. Schmid, vice president; William Schmid, treasurer; and Mrs. William Schmid, secretary.

The Smith Dairy Products Company are dealers in all types of high grade dairy products, and are especially known as manufacturers of "Smith's Better Made Ice Cream." Since 1927 the plant has also manufactured soft drinks, etc. Their business extends throughout Wayne, Stark, and Summit counties. Approximately 25 people are employed in the plant and seven automobile trucks and three milk wagons are operated by the company. A modern plant was erected by the company in 1923, with an addition in 1926.

Mr. Schmid married Miss Katherine Geiser, of Orrville, the daughter of David and Katherine Geiser. To this union have been born two children: Grace Katherine, born Oct. 21, 1915, and Walter William, born Aug. 3, 1918. David Geiser is deceased and Mrs. Geiser lives in Green Township.

The Smith Dairy Products Company is the owner of a fine dairy farm of 50 acres in Baughman Township, which is located just north of Orrville. They are breeders of pure bred Guernsey cattle and at the present time have an especially good herd of 20 cows.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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