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Dora Marie Schmidt McCullough
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Birth: Aug. 1, 1860
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1950
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

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Dora Marie Schmidt McCullough, aka Dorothy Smith, grew up in a German-American neighborhood on the banks of the Allegheny River in the old City of Allegheny, now part of Pittsburgh. Although details of her early life are hard to determine, she suffered bereavement several times during childhood.

Her parents were German immigrants Henry Schmidt (aka Smith) and Wilhelmine Lohmeier (aka Minta or Minnie Smith). These may have been adoptive parents: One family story says that her biological parents were Dutch and that she was adopted by Germans after her parents died. Dora had a brother named William Schmidt, born around 1863 in Pennsylvania.

Dora married William McCullough in 1886 and bore seven children between 1889 and 1907. She was known as a stern mother, but allowances must be made for the privations of her early life and the effort she put into running the McCullough household. The family raised hens and kept a donkey to pull a sulky up and down Venture Street. If a huckster came through, the family might buy a hog to slaughter or even get a new puppy. Dora made hogshead pudding, sauerkraut, and other German necessities, which were sometimes buried and weighted during the process of preservation. Every Christmas, the Belschnickel stopped by to scare the children.

One of Dora's children died very young, according to census data. In addition, her son Lawrence died in 1941, and her husband died in 1942. Her only daughter, Isabella, moved home after the death of her own husband. In 1949, Dora suffered another trauma, when William's sister Myrtle was shot in a family dispute; although Myrtle survived, her husband was killed. Dora died in 1950, having lived through every conflict from the Civil War to the Korean War, with plenty of hardship on the home front.
Family links: 
  William McCullough (1863 - 1942)*
  Karl William McCullough (1889 - 1966)*
  Wilbur Curtis McCullough (1895 - 1971)*
  Dewey Arnold McCullough (1898 - 1976)*
  Lawrence Cluster McCullough (1907 - 1941)*
  Dorothy W McCullough (1918 - 1927)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Royal Cemetery
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Mrs. Bee
Record added: Mar 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49839656
Dora Marie <i>Schmidt</i> McCullough
Added by: Mrs. Bee
Dora Marie <i>Schmidt</i> McCullough
Added by: Mrs. Bee
Dora Marie <i>Schmidt</i> McCullough
Added by: Mrs. Bee
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Blessings, sweet lady. You certainly suffered enough tragedies during your lifetime. ❤
- sniksnak
 Added: Sep. 5, 2013

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