Biography of Fred C. Schmidt
Erie County, PA Biographies

Fred C. Schmidt, is a veteran of the World War and a well known citizen of Erie. He was born in Cleveland, July 15, 1888, and is the son of Frederick and Margaret (Winfield) Schmidt.

Frederick Schmidt was born in Germany and his wife is a native of Erie County. He is a machinist by trade, at which he has been employed since his arrival here in 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt live at 356 East 12th Street, Erie. They have three children: Fred C., the subject of this sketch; Frances, twin sister of Fred C., lives in New York City, where she is employed as a buyer by the firm of Lord & Taylor; and Louise, born July 12, 1896, married Frank Raid, lives at 412 West 19th Street, Erie.

Fred C. Schmidt's parents came to Erie when he was two months old. Here he was reared and attended the parochial and public schools of Erie and began life as an apprentice in a local boiler shop. He served as a member of the Erie police department for nine years, being appointed by Hon. Michael Liebel, Jr. Mr. Schmidt was then elected constable of the second ward for two terms but before completing his second term was elected alderman, in which capacity he is now serving.

On April 24, 1918, Mr. Schmidt was married to Miss Charlotte Jankowska, a native of Buffalo, N. Y., and the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Bosacka) Jankowska, natives of Poland. Mr. Jankowska lives at 413 William Street, Buffalo. His wife died in 1900.

Mr. Schmidt is a Democrat, a member of St Mary's Catholic Church, and belongs to the East Erie Turnverin, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Erie Maennerchor Society.

During the World War Mr. Schmidt enlisted from Erie on Feb. 23, 1918, and was sent to Camp Lee, Va. He sailed for overseas in June, 1918, and served throughout the war with the 340th Infantry, 85th Division. He returned to this country, April 5, 1919, and was honorably discharged.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
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