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Valentine Schmidt 1836-1917


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/12/2010 at 23:57:27

Another Pioneer Gone Beyond
Valentine Schmidt Passes Away at the Home of His Son in Cedar Rapids
Long Time Resident of County
The Remains Were Brought to this City Today and Laid to Rest

Another old resident of thirty-five years is being laid to rest in this city today. The remains were brought here this morning from Cedar Rapids.

Valentine Schmidt died at the age of 80 years, ten months and twenty-eight days, Friday morning, March 28, 1917 at 5:30 a.m., at the home of his son, Albert Schmidt, 532 H Street west, Cedar Rapids. He had been ill for some time.

The deceased was born in Germany in 1836 [April 30, based on calculation] and was married to Ernestine Eichler on New Year’s Day, 1863 and to their union was born thirteen children, eight boys and five girls, and those living are as follows: Emil Schmidt of Wasco, Cal., Alvin Schmidt Cedar Rapids; Edwin Schmidt, address unknown; George Schmidt, Huntington, Iowa; Herman Schmidt, Dunnell, Minn.; Robert Schmidt, Rowley, Ia.; Albert Schmidt, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Lily Hangartner, Huntington, Iowa; Ottille, Emma, Ida, Minnie and Julius having passed away. There are twenty-seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

On December 25, 1871, they moved to De Kalb County, Ill., and remained there until October, 1883. They then moved to Estherville, Iowa and lived there until the death of his wife Ernestine, which occurred December 11, 1912, then moving to Cedar Rapids where he made his home with his son Albert until death. He was a member of the German Lutheran church and a kind and loving father and neighbor to all who knew him and honest in all his dealings.

He leaves to mourn his death several sons and one daughter, all of whom were present at the funeral except Edwin. Services were held at 532 H street, west, Cedar Rapids at 4:30 p.m. today conducted by the Rev. J. O. Simon of the First English Lutheran church.

The body was taken to Estherville, Iowa. Burial in Oak Hill cemetery. The Rev. Case officiating at the services. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, April 4, 1917)


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