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Schemmer, Albert F., 1876-1937


Posted By: Lydi Lucas - Volunteer (email)
Date: 4/7/2020 at 09:15:37

Born: July 9, 1876
Died: July 16, 1937

From the Sioux County Capital, July 22, 1937:

Albert Schemmer passed away at his home in Rock Valley on Friday morning, July 16 following a lingering illness of creeping paralysis, which began some four years ago.

Mr. Schemmer was a hardware merchant for many years. He was proprietor of the Schemmer Hardware Store until he became ill. His son Clarence then became proprietor.

Mr. Schemmer is survived by his wife and children, who are: Mrs. Clarence Keegan, Evelyn Catherine, Agnes of Rock Valley, Margaret of Sioux City and Mrs. Clarence Goldsmith of Grand Meadow, Minn. and two sons, Clarence of Rock Valley and Walter of Mason City.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church Monday morning July 19. Rev. Father A. J. Foerster was in charge of the service. Business places were closed in Rock Valley during the services in honor of a good business man and friend. Burial was made in the Catholic Cemetery.

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From the Sioux Center News, July 22, 1937:


A. F. Schimmer[sic], well known hardware dealer in Rock Valley for years, passed away in his home there last Thursday morning. The funeral was held Monday morning at 9 o’clock from St. Mary’s church. Mr. Schimmer leaves to mourn his passing his wife, two sons, and seven daughters. He was 61 years old.

Mr. Schimmer has been ill for the past four years, confined to bed most of this time with paralysis. He is especially remembered as a sportsman; hunting and fishing and trap shooting were his favorite pastimes. His son Clarence is in charge of the hardware store.

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Other coverage adds this information:

A brief note on his death in the Hawarden Independent, July 29, says that he was born in Tennessee in 1876, but had lived at Rock Valley since he was 5 years old. He is survived by his wife and nine children.

An obituary in the Ireton Ledger, July 22, lists his surviving children as Clarence of Rock Valley, Mrs. C. Keegen of Inwood, Walter of Canton, S.D. Mrs. C. Goldsmith of Grand Meadow, Minn., Evelyn, Viola, Katherine, Margaret and Agnes at home.

The Alton Democrat, July 23, Rock Valley news, also calls him A. F. Schemmer, and adds that he was entirely helpless for over two years, and that a son was killed by an automobile in early childhood.

The Rock Valley Bee is missing for this time period.

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The Sioux County Cemetery Index has Schemmer, Albert F., b. 1876, d. 1937, father, St Marys Cem, Rock Valley IA.

His death certificate has him as Albert Frederick Schemmer; born in Loretta, Tennessee July 19, 1876; resident of Rock Valley 56 years; a hardware dealer, last worked at this occupation January 1935; parents Henry John Schemmer, born in Burlington, Wis., and Katherine Kramer, born in Michigan; wife Katie Richter; died at 3:30 a.m. July 16, 1937; cause, lobar pneumonia right lower lobe, onset July 7, 1937; no contributory cause or condition is given.

His FindaGrave.com page includes a photo of his headstone, “Albert F. Schemmer 1876-1937”; parents Henry (1854-1932) and Kathrin (1855-1914) Schemmer; spouse Katie Richter Schemmer (1880-1972); three siblings and three children listed. An added note (no source given) says that he was born in Loretto, TN to Henry and Kathrin (Kramer) Schemmer, the oldest of 7 children. In 1900 he married Katie Richter at St. Marys Church. The couple had 12 children: Clarence, Elvira, Walter, Norbert, Lunetta, Oliver, Evelyn, Viola, Catherine, Margaret, Arthur and Agnes.


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