MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 85
submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007
JOHN SCHMIDT, one of the most prominent and well known German citizens of Muscatine, breathed his last at this home on Eighth street, at 2 o’clock, this afternoon. This news will be a general surprise to our citizens. Though Mr. Schmidt had been ailing for some time, of a chronic disorder like consumption, still his early dissolution was not looked for.
The deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany, March 6, 1819, and was therefore in his 61st year. He came to America in 1849 and settled in Muscatine in 1850. For several years he kept a bakery on Mulberry street, but about fifteen years ago he opened a saloon near the bridge on Second street, which he kept ever since. While others in like business have been repeatedly convicted of selling liquors forbidden by law, he was never even charged with it. He was a man of decided convictions and seemed conscientious in maintaining his opinions. In politics, he was a Republican and was vice-President of the Grant Club in 1872, though sometimes he refused to co-operate with the party on account of his anti-temperance views. In religion, he was a free-thinker. He died not belonging to any order or society.
His surviving family consists of wife, two sons and two daughters, the youngest about 12 years of age.
The funeral will take place Saturday at an hour yet to be fixed.
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