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Ford County Historical Society
Dodge City, Kansas

Adam Schimdt
"Aged Pioneer and Soldier Died Here..."

(from the Dodge City Times, May 4, 1911)

Adam Schmidt Had Lived in Dodge City for Nearly Forty Years

     Adam Schmidt, one of the pioneer residents of Dodge City, died at his house on east Vine street [Mueller-Schmidt House] last Monday. He was the victim of internal hemmorhage [sic] and his illness was of short duration.

[Photo: Adam and Elizabeth Berg Schmidt with children 
Heinrich, Elma and Louis. Circa 1889. All rights reserved, FCHS.]

     Mr. Schmidt had lived in Dodge City for thirty seven years. He was a native of Bavaria, Germany, and came to American at about the age of twelve years. He lived with relatives in St. Louis until 1874 when he came to Dodge City, then a frontier town, and established himself in the blacksmithing business which he followed industriously until about four years ago. He was 70 years and 4 months of age at the time of his death.

     Mr. Schmidt made a brilliant military record during his three years and nine months of service in the Civil war. He was a member of Co. B. of the First Missouri Light Artillery, and was with Siegel [aka, Franz Sigel] at Pea Ridge and Grant at Vicksburg. He participated in many of the other hard fought engagements of the Civil war.

     The deceased is survived by a wife, two sons, Register of Deeds Henry F. Schmidt and Louie Schmidt, and one daughter, Miss Elma Schmidt, all of whom are well know here. A brother, Martin Schmidt of Gillman, Missouri, also was here to attend the funeral which was conducted by Reverend Charles Maltas of St. Cornelius Episcopal church from the residence Wednesday afternoon.

     Other relatives of the deceased are Mrs. Kate Schad of St. Louis, and Mrs. Barbara Ernest of Farino, Illinois, neither of whom were able to attend the funeral.

     Mr. Schmidt had a large acquaintance in this community and was one of the respected citizens of the county.

(Ford County Historical Society, Inc.)

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