Herman F. Schmidt, who for the past eight years has been in the government service in the capacity of carrier on one of the rural mail routes from Sheboygan, was born in this city on the 22nd of June, 1874. He is a son of Carl and Fredericka (Stoll) Schmidt, natives of Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States with their family in April, 1873, locating in Sheboygan. Here the father worked as a laborer until his death in 1908, at the age of sixty-seven years. Carl Schmidt had a remarkable record of distinguished military service to his credit, having participated in three great European wars, namely: the combat between Denmark on the one side and Austria-Prussia on the other in 1864; the short but bloody Seven Week war between Austria and Prussia of 1866, which resulted over political controversies arising from the Schleswig-Holstein question; and lastly, the great Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71, the result of which was the founding of the new German empire.
The family of Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt numbered six, our subject being the fourth in order of birth. The others are as follows: Amelia, the wife of J. Reinka, a laborer, of Sheboygan; William; Charles, the janitor of the public school; August, who is also a laborer; and Anna, the wife of Charles Pantell, also of Sheboygan. The mother is still living and now makes her home with her youngest son.
After leaving school Herman F. Schmidt learned the painter's trade, which he followed until 1897. The following year he went to the front as a member of Company C, Wisconsin National Guard, of Sheboygan, and participated in a number of skirmishes in Porto Rico, being discharged with the rank of corporal When mustered out he returned to this city and in 1899 obtained employment with the Dillingham Manufacturing Company. He subsequently left their service to take a position in the freight house of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company. In 1900 he was promoted to the position of baggage master and later he became a fireman. He next entered the employ of the C. Reiss Coal Company of this city, and while there engaged took the Civil Service examination for carrier on the rural free delivery route. He received his appointment to this position on the 15th of July, 1904, and is still serving in the same capacity.
Mr. Schmidt married Miss Gertrude Schuh, a native of Germany and a daughter of Jacob and Margaretha (Fegne) Schuh. The father who is now deceased was born on April 15, 1838, in the principality of Birkenfeld in the Rhinelands, one of the small German states which politically belongs to the grand duchy of Oldenburg, Germany. The mother who is still living and makes her home in Sheboygan Falls was born in Berus, in the district of Saarlouis, Germany, on June 6, 1839. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt have two daughters: Leona, who is seven years of age; and Mildred, who is four.
Fraternally Mr. Schmidt is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he also belongs to the United Spanish War Veterans, and the Rural Route Mail Service Organization, and he is likewise a member of Company C, Wisconsin National Guard. He was reared in the faith of the Lutheran church, which he attends.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL