Christian Frederich Smaltz

Stuttgart, Stadtkreis Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death unknown
Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Henrietta, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 45842817 · View Source
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Biography of Christian Smaltz
by Naomi Mentzer
"Mentzer-Straesser Family Lore"

Christian Frederich Schmalz, by trade a weaver, was born in Schwann, Wurrtemburg Germany in 1800, the eldest son of Christian, also a weaver, and Maria Catharine Maier Schmalz. Christian Frederich married Anna Maria Arnold in 1827. Besides being a weaver he was a horticulturist "extraordinaire". In Germany he pushed his cart loaded with vegetables to Stuttgart to sell them to the housewives there. He not only pushed the cart but on his head he carried a tub of honey also for sale.

Some time in the late 1830's he and a brother came to America to find for sure if it was really the land of golden opportunity. Finding that it was, and also an area in which he wanted to settle, he returned to Germany to bring his family back to establish a new home.

In May of 1840 with his wife and four children, Margaret, Luisa, Karl, and Catharine, he left Schwann for America. Not only did he bring his family, but seeds and cuttings of plants he had created in Germany. Today seeds of these seeds and cuttings of the cuttings are still being grown by his descendants, always producing true to form.

Upon landing in Philadelphia the children saw some round red appetizing looking things in a basket. They asked what they were. The children were told the red things were American apples. Being curious, hungry children, they asked for some. Upon tasting them the children found them to be sour, acidy and squishy. The children cried to go back to Germany because they didn't like American apples.

This story Margaret Smaltz Straesser often told her children - Mom and her brothers and sisters - of the long stormy voyage across the Atlantic. She told how from the port hole they watched very large fish following the vessel. This caused quite a commotion among the passengers because according to them, this was an omen of death among the passengers. Sure enough, soon one died. The body was covered with cloth, tied to a board, weighted down with stone, and tossed overboard. After that there were no large fish following the ship. Now use your imagination! Were those large fish sharks as Grandmother thought, or were they merely curious dolphins?

Christian Schmalz or Christley, as he was called by his friends and neighbors, was a jack and master of all trades. No one could compete with his cradling grain or using the scythe in the hay field. Certainly no one could compare with him in producing new strains of vegetables and flowers. No one could carry heavy bundles under both arms and still balance a bucket of water or milk or some other thing on his head. No one could do all these things for himself and still have time to help a friend or neighbor in need. It is small wonder that one neighbor made the comment, "Christley Schmalz can do or make anything but put hair on a dog and make a warm icicle".

(The original German surname spelling used was SCHMALZ, as documented by ship records. Our family highly suspects that Christian and his wife, Anna, are buried in an unmarked grave at the north end of Diehl's Crossroads Cemetery, Henrietta, Pennsylvania. The church was a very short distance down the road from their home.)

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 45842817
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Christian Frederich Smaltz (19 May 1800–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial no. 45842817, citing Diehls Crossroads Brethren Cemetery, Henrietta, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Mayflower 46 (contributor 47003187) .