August Schmidt

The Family of August Teodohr Schmidt

August Teodohr Schmidt, son of Johann Joachim Schmidt and Dorothea Elizabeth Gartz, was born on 26 Sep 1880 in Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Wisconsin and died on 30 Jun 1945 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois at age 64.

August was one of the co-founders of the Schmidt Bros. Construction Company and is shown on the Federal Censuses (1910, 1920, and 1930) as a construction contractor. August married Mary Rickey Gross on 20 Jun 1908. Mary was born on 2 Mar 1887 in Illinois and died on 24 Feb 1959 at age 71. They had four children: Edyth Camille, Alden Theodore, Glenn Walter, and Ruth Ann Louise.

August stayed in Chicago. In 1910 he lived at 2598 Fairfield Avenue rooming in the William Nelson home with his wife and his brother Otto and his wife. In 1920, his family was still living in a home (probably a two family) with his brother Otto’s family at 4440 N. Campbell. The families were still living here in 1930. August was living at 2469 W. Hutchinson street when he died.

Mary’s death notice:

Chicago Daily Tribune Feb 26, 1959

SCHMIDT-Mary R. Schmidt, nee Gross, Feb. 24, 1959, beloved wife of the late August T.; fond mother of Edith C. Rheder, Alden t., Glenn W., and Ruth Ann; loving grandmother of seven; great grandmother of one. Services Friday, 1 p.m. at chapel, 3905-07 N. Lincoln avenue. Interment Eden. (refers to Eden Memorial Park, Schiller Park, IL)

  1. Edyth Camille Schmidt was born on 2 Dec 1910 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and died on 23 Jan 1978 in Dallas, TX at age 67. She married Harold Carl Rheder on 28 Nov 1931. Harold was born on 6 Dec 1906 and died on 10 Dec 1987 in Dallas at age 81.  Harold remarried but divorced in 1982-1983. It is not known if Edyth had children.
  2. Alden Theodore Schmidt was born on 11 Feb 1912 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and died on 22 Apr 1999 at age 87. Alden married on 27 Sep 1935. His last Social Security benefit before his death was sent to Merrillville, Lake County, Indiana.
  3. Glenn Walter Schmidt was born on 1 Oct 1917 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and died on 12 Aug 1995 at age 77.He married Margaret Norton Schwanke, daughter of Edwin Schwanke and Maybelle Drymiller on 5 Aug 1942. Margaret was born on 8 Apr 1918 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, died on 15 Jun 2007 in Westbury Care Center, Lisle, DuPage, Illinois at age 89. She worked as a Librarian for the City of Chicago from 1939 till 1950. She was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL. She was a member of OES Chapter #799 (Old Glory Chapter) Arlington Heights, IL. She had a private burial. They had one daughter and two grandchildren at the time of her death.

    Glenn has the title of Corp.(probably Corporal) in his father’s obituary, which probably refers to tenure in the armed forces. I have not been able to find record of his military service.

  4. Ruth Ann Louise Schmidt was born on 21 Feb 1925 in Chicago, Illinois and died on 27 Jun 1988 at age 63. It is not known if she married.

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