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Biography of Mathias M. Schmidt

Mathias M. Schmidt, who had spent his life since early childhood in Marshall County, Kansas, had had a very intense career as a teacher, banker, business man and public spirited citizen. He is now in the loan and insurance business at Home City in Marshall County. Mr. Schmidt is not only a practical business man but a scholar of exceptional erudition and had been well fitted for the leadership which he had taken in public affairs. Mr. Schmidt is of German descent and was born at Fort Washington in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, July 8, 1876. His ancestors all lived in the Grand Dueby of Luxemburg, Germany. His great-grand-father was Pierre Schmidt, who served in the gallant armies under the great Napoleon, being a member of the Grand Guard and taking part in the famous charge at Waterloo. He spent his last years in this country and died in Ozaukee County. Mr. Schmidt’s grandfather was Michael Schmidt, a native of Luxemburg, Germany, who immigrated to America in 1851 with his family, became a farmer in Wisconsin, and died in Ozaukee County. Michael Schmidt, Jr., father of Mathias M., was a Kansas pioneer. He was born in Luxemburg, Germany, in 1837, and came to America at the age of fourteen. He grew up in Ozankee County, Wisconsin, married there, and while his early life was spent on a farm, soon after his marriage he engaged in the grain business. In 1879 he removed to Marshall County, Kansas, and homesteaded 160 acres of land ten miles north of Marysville. While he subsequently sold that homestead he acquired two other farms in Marshall...

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