|Birth: ||1862, Germany|
The following was contributed by Amanda Fox (#47429422)
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 3 by James H. Hawley 1920)
William Fred Schmid, who was a representative farmer and enterprising business man of Idaho from 1894 until the time of his death, was born in Konigreich, Wurtemberg, Germany, and when about twenty-one years of age left that country to take up his residence in "the land of the free and the home of the brave." He made his way first to Iowa and afterward to Glen, Montana, where he worked at the trade of bridge carpentering. He was also employed by his uncle, John Schmid, a farmer, and on leaving Glen, Montana, he went to Butte, where he secured employment in the smelter. By hard work he accumulated enough to procure a fine home and other city property at Anaconda, Montana, and thus step by step he steadily advanced. In 1894 he came to Idaho with his family and purchased the farm of thirty-eight acres upon which his widow now resides, this place being situated four miles northwest of New Plymouth. After residing for several years in Idaho, they disposed of all of their holdings in Montana.
Mr. Schmid purchased a desert claim about two miles south of the present home farm and this they ultimately homesteaded. It was in 1889 that he married Rosa Heileman, a native of Germany, who came to America on a visit to her uncle in Philadelphia during her girlhood days and never returned to her native land. She became the wife of Mr. Schmid in Butte, Montana, and proved indeed a helpmate to him. She assisted him greatly in improving their home, which was wild land when it came into their possession. The place now has ten acres planted to fruit trees, including prunes, apples, peaches, apricots and pears, which are now in bearing. There are also about one hundred head of sheep, hogs, cows and horses upon the place. The sons of Mr. and Mrs. Schmid carry on the work of the home farm and are progressive and enterprising young men. The family residence is one of the finest in their neighborhood and everything about their place presents an air of neatness and thrift.
It was a great blow to the family when in 1897 Mr. Schmid passed away, his death resulting from injuries sustained when a horse slipped and fell upon him, causing his demise the following day. Upon Mrs. Schmid devolved the care of their four children and the management and improvement of the home farm. She resolutely and bravely took up the task, which she has splendidly accomplished. Their children are: Christine Elsie, who teaches school at Fruitland; Emil Ernest, twenty-five years of age, who is upon the home farm with his mother; Wilder Emanuel, twenty-four years of age, who is now a student at the University of Idaho at Moscow, and was in the Hospital Corps in Prance during the World war; and William Fred, twenty-two years of age, who was at Camp Rosecrans, California, when the armistice was signed. The family has made a most creitable record for business enterprise and progressiveness and has developed a splendid farm property, Mrs. Schmid remaining a most active factor in the direction of the business from the time of her husband's death.
Rosa Heilemann Schmid (1861 - 1933)*
Elsie Christine Schmid (1890 - 1975)*
Ernst Emil Schmid (1893 - 1961)*
Walter Emanuel Schmid (1895 - 1978)*
William Fred Schmid (1897 - 1973)*
Created by: Cheryl Hanson
Record added: Aug 03, 2007
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