"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Schmidt, Henry a prominent farmer in the town of Lincoln, Vilas County, was born in Austria, May 14, 1870, son of Andrea and Barbara (HAUSER) SCHMIDT. The parents were also natives of Austria, in which country the father died, subsequent to which event the mother came to the United States; she is now residing with her daughter, Mrs. Matt MUNERICH, in the town of Lincoln. Henry SCHMIDT as a youth attended school in his native land, and then went to work in a tannery. When old enough he was obliged to enter the army, in which he had three years' training. At the completion of his term of military service, in 1895, he came to America, landing at New York and proceeding thence to Chicago. In that city he remained for nearly nine years, four years of which time he worked in a bicycle factory and five years in the shops of the Pullman Sleeping Car Company. Then coming to Vilas County, he bought 60 acres of wild land in Section 12, town of Eagle River, but which is now the town of Washington, and commenced operations by putting up a set of log buildings. He remained at that location until 1913, by which time he had cleared about half of the tract. He then purchased the old Joseph TOOLEY farm, consisting of 180 acres in Sections 17 and 20, town of Lincoln. This is one of the finest farms to be found for many miles around and is provided with an excellent set of buildings. Mr. SCHMIDT is doing general farming and dairying, keeping high grade Holstein cattle with a pure-bred Holstein sire. He is a man of progressive spirit and abundant energy and has made a number of valuable improvements on his place. He was married in Chicago, Ill., July 6, 1895, to Barbara DUY, and he and his wife are the parents of six children: Barbara, residing at Eagle River; Emma, wife of Edward CROKER; Henry, at home, Lillian of Chicago; and Henry and Eleanor at home. The family belong to the German Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 702; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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