Frederick Schmidt has for forty years been a resident of Sheboygan, where he now engages in the grain commission business and is also superintendent of Wildwood cemetery. He is a native of Prussia, his birth having occurred in Brandenburg, on the 27th of September, 1846, and a son of Frederick and Christina (Mieland) Schmidt. The father, whose natal year was 1815, was a carpenter by trade and continued to follow this occupation until his death, which occurred in Germany in 1859. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt numbered four, those beside our subject being as follows: William, who is living retired in Sheboygan; Rosalia, the widow of Chris Zahnov, of Sheboygan; and Augusta, the wife of William N euls, of Manitowoc.
Frederick Schmidt was reared at home and given the advantages of a common-school education, after which he worked as a shepherd. In accordance with the laws of his land he subsequently entered the army, where he remained for four years, including two years' service in the Franco-Prussian war. He served in the cavalry at that time and was a member of the Kiirrnakisch Dragoner, Regiment No. 14. Upon receiving his discharge in 1872, he emigrated to the United States, subsequently locating in Sheboygan, where he engaged in the flour and feed business, and in connection with this he also bought and sold grain, making his purchases direct from the farmers in the open market. In 1883, Mr. Schmidt gave up his business and entered the employ of the Shreier Brewing Company in the capacity of grain buyer. He subsequently resigned his position with this firm, however, and is now engaged in the general commission business, and in connection with this he is also discharging the duties of superintendent of Wildwood cemetery, to which position he was appointed in 1908.
Mr. Schmidt married Miss Anna Arndt, who was born in 1852 and is a daughter of Carl and Christina (Mietz) Arndt, natives of Germany, who located in Sheboygan county in 1866. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt, two of whom are living: Paulina, the widow of Henry Honold, by whom she had four children; and Paul, a gardner, living at home, who is a second lieutenant in the Sheboygan militia.
The family manifest their religious faith through their connection with the German Lutheran church, and Mr. Schmidt is a charter member and captain of the German L. W. M. Verein of Sheboygan, which society was organized in 1886. Both he and his wife are highly regarded, particularly in the German circles of the city, and have many friends of long years' standing.
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