Obit: Schmidt, William (1895 - 1949)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Schmidt, Worchel, Dobes

----Source: The Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin) 1949 (uncertain if this is the correct paper)

-Schmidt, William (14 July 1895 - 21 Nov. 1949)

Oakfield Man Killed Sunday

William Schmidt Gets in Line of Fire During Drive in Marsh

Dies Short Time Later

Neillsville - - The first casualty reported in this area for the 1949 deer season occurred yesterday morning.

William F. Schmidt, 52, Oakfield, was accidentally shot about 8:34 a.m. A guest at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louis *Worchell, Town of Seif, Schmidt had left the house early, joining a drive planned by other members of the party.

The tragedy took place in the Town of Foster. Schmidt occupied a station across a marsh and waited as the rest of the party drove towards him. However, the drivers were not aware of Schmidt's position, and when three deer were flushed they began firing.


As the noise of the shots died Schmidt was seen in the line of fire, calling for help. When the others reached him, they found that at bullet had passed through his lower ribs on the left side and emerged on his right side.

Schmidt lived until he was carried out to a road, but died at about 10 o'clock. An ambulance from Neillsville Hospital took the body to the Cole Funeral Home. Later in the afternoon, it was taken to Oakfield.


Schmidt is survived by his wife, a son, and four daughters. His son, Marvin, and a daughter, Marcella, were visiting at the *Worhcell home with him.

Members of the hunting party were **Ardell, **Ewald, **Louis, **Calvin, Eugene and Robert Stazek, Fond du Lac.

Undersheriff Frank Dobes said that no inquest would be held.

*The spelling of Worchell in this obituary should be spelled Worchel.

**Believe all of these men are Worchels. Now Louis Worchel was married to Mildred Schmidt, daughter of William & Elda (Hackbarth) Schmidt. Louis later married Marion (Polus) Schmidt. Now Marion (Polus) Schmidt was married to Lester Lyle Leo Schmidt. Lester and Mildred are 1st cousins. Lester & Marion (Polus) Schmidt are my grandparents; Louis Worchel was my step-grandpa.



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