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Ernestine Eichler Schmidt 1840-1911


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/13/2010 at 00:20:04

Early Settler Gone
Mrs. Valentine Schmidt Passed Away Monday Afternoon
Here Twenty-Nine Years
Resided in Ellsworth Township – No Arrangements Yet Made for the Funeral

Mrs. Valentine Schmidt died at 1:15 Monday afternoon, December 11th, at the age of seventy-two years. She had been ailing for several months and the last three weeks of her sickness was confined to her bed. Her death was caused from heart trouble. She was one of the early settlers of Emmet county, coming here with her husband twenty-nine years ago. She was a kind-hearted and generous woman and will be greatly missed by her relatives, neighbors and friends in Ellsworth township where she has made her permanent home since coming to this county. Besides her husband she leaves seven children to mourn her death: Emil Schmidt, residing in California; Alvin, Robert and Albert at Cedar Rapids; George and Herman near Dunnell, and Mrs. Will Handgarter [Hangartner] near Huntington. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made. The sympathy of the bereaved relatives in their time of sorrow. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 13, 1911)

Mrs. Valentine Schmidt Dead
Ernestine Eichler was born in Germany, February 16, 1840. She was the eldest of fourteen children and on New Year’s day in 1863 she was married to Valentine Schmidt. To this union were born thirteen children, Emil, Julius, Alwin, Edwin, Ottilie, George, Emma, Herman, Lilly, Robert, Albert, Ida and Minnie. In 1871 at Christmas they came to De Kalb County, Illinois and remained there until October, 1883,when they moved to Emmet county, Iowa on the farm which they now own and where she passed away December 11, 1911 at 1:15 p.m. She had been ill since last June but the last few weeks she failed rapidly. Mrs. Schmidt was a member of the German Lutheran church. She was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She was an ambitious, hard working woman, a faithful wife and kind and loving mother. Besides her aged husband she leaves six sons, one daughter, twenty grandchildren, besides three brothers and two sisters in Germany. The living children are Emil of Los Angeles, California, Alwin and Albert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Robert of Rowley, Iowa; George and Herman of Dunnell, Minnesota; and Mrs. Lilly Hangartner of Huntington, Iowa.

Funeral service was held at the house Saturday at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. G. F. Whitfield and the remains taken to Oak Hill cemetery for burial. All the children were present. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, December 20, 1911)


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