Obit: Schmidt, August F. (1858 - 1929)

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----Sources: WEEKLY CLARION (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI) 03/01/1929

Schmidt, August F. (3 FEB 1858 - 23 FEB 1929)

Our old friend, A. F. Schmidt, early settler of Dorchester, Clark County, Wis. Died last Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Russell Abbey, and was brought to Dorchester and buried Wednesday afternoon from the evangelical Church, of which he was a charter member, Rev. F. P. Walter officiating and interment was made in the cemetery south of town, O. R. Hiedtke, G. R. Broeske, M. Papesch, Herman Kaage, Oscar Schroeder and Hy. Gipp acting as pallbearers.

August F. Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Schmidt, was born in Sheboygan Falls, Feb. 3, 1858, and was 71 years and 20 days old at time of death. He was one of 10 children, of which there are only three remaining, G. F. Schmidt and Mrs. Hy. Glenzer of this village, and Mrs. Fred Wickham of Oshkosh.

Mr. Schmidt spent his early life on a farm near Sheboygan Falls, engaging not only in farming, but in the carpenter’s trade as well. On the 15th of November 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Kolberg, a sister of Mrs. G. F. Schmidt and a daughter of Christian Kolberg of Sheboygan Falls. Five children were born to them, two of which with the mother have preceded him in death. One daughter, Minnie, died when little, and Sarah (Mrs. Fred Dornenberg) died about 20 years ago.

In 1878 he moved to Dorchester and 1887 to Chelsea, but came back to Dorchester a year later and started to manufacture broom handles and toys, and also ran a feed mill. Here he lived, except for a short while they were at Abbotsford and Thorp, where he had a meat market.

About 10 years ago Mrs. Schmidt died and 5 years ago he went to live on a farm near Exeland, but owing to poor health went to live with his youngest daughter, Hattie. About a week before he died he went to Rhinelander to the home of his daughter, Agnes, that he might have better medical treatment, not realizing that only a few more days were his to live, though he had assured hi loved ones, "I am ready to die any time now." He passed away at 5:25 p.m. Saturday leaving his three daughters, Mrs. Ida Scott of Chetek, Mrs. Agnes Abbey of Rhinelander, and Mrs. Hattie Beyreis of Exeland, 7 grandchildren and a brother and 2 sisters already mentioned, besides other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was a large hearted man with a faculty for making friends wherever he went that probably accounts for his political success, for he was town chairman and at the time of his death was the town treasurer, which office his daughter, Hattie, will have until the term expires.

Thus ended a long and useful life and he walks among his friends no more but faith will bridge the chasm and we can see the happy meeting when we are all gathered home to be with Him who gave His life as a ransom for us.



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