Frank J. Schmid, secretary and manager of the Nickel Plate Milling Company, is among the successful and well
known business men of Erie. He was born at Bradys Bend, Pa., Jan. 21, 1873, and is a son of J. H. and Josephine
J. H. Schmid was born in Germany in 1842 and came to this country at the age of 26 years and located in Butler
County, Pa. For a number of years he was a building contractor at Meadville, Pa., and later engaged in general
farming. The last 25 years of his active career were spent in the lumber business. He now lives retired at Franklin,
Pa. His wife died in 1922 at the age of 76 years. Mr. and Mrs. Schmid were the parents of eight children, two of
whom are deceased.
Frank J. Schmid was educated in the district schools and at the age of 21 years engaged in the lumber business
at Huntington, W. Va. Six years later he went to Seattle, Wash., where he became foreman of the White River Lumber
Company. After three years in that capacity he returned to West Virginia, where he was engaged in the oil business
three years. In 1909 Mr. Schmid came to Erie, where in 1913 he organized the Erie Milling & Supply Company,
which was sold in 1918. He then purchased an interest in the Nickel Plate Milling Company and since 1921 has served
as secretary and manager. The Nickel Plate Milling Company is among the largest enterprises of its kind in Erie
County and handles flour, feed, hay and grain. There is a branch office located at Wesleyville.
Philip Schmid, a brother of Frank J. Schmid, is president of the Nickel Plate Milling Company, and also resides
in Erie. He was married to Miss Maud L. Wightman of Meadville, Pa.
In 1903 Frank J. Schmid was united in marriage with Miss Edna S. Smith, of Meadville, Pa., and they have three
children: Ruth, married Marion Zurn, manager of the Zurn Manufacturing Company, lives at Erie; Dorothy Elizabeth,
a student at Central High School, Erie; and John Henry, also a student.
Mr. Schmid is a Republican and belongs to the Elks lodge. He is an enterprising citizen of his community.
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
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