William E SCHMIDT was born on 16 Nov 1851 in , Pomerania, Germany. He died on 5 Jun 1944 in Sycamore, McHenry, Illinois.

     William Schmidt, for over fifty years a highly respected citizen of Genoa, passed away Monday morning, June 5, at 11:30 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. M. Bennett, in Sycamore at the age of 92 years.
     William Schmidt, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidt, was born in Pomerania, Germany, on November 16, 1851. Here he grew to young manhood and was married. Several years later he and his wife and their three children, accompanied by his parents, migrated to the United States and settled in Genoa about sixty years ago. The John Schmidts chose to locate in Crystal Lake. William Schmidt operated a cabinet and wagon shop in Genoa for many years where his work in cabinet making was of the highest grade and widely known.
     About nine years ago Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt gave up their home and moved to Sycamore where they lived with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Bennett. Mrs. Schmidt passed away in March, 1935.
     Mr. Schmidt had been apparently well and active until Wednesday of last week when he became critically ill. He was a very unusual elderly gentleman for despite his advanced years he retained alert mental faculties, was keenly interesting in the events of the day and enjoyed assisting in duties about the home. He was especially happy when constructing a play house or other furniture for his great grandchildren. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Genoa.
     Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt were the parents of eleven children, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. J. M. Bennett, Sycamore; Mrs. George Brungard, Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. Fred James, Venice, Calif.; Walter Schmidt of Kankakee, and Fred Schmidt of Elgin. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A sister and two brothers preceded him in death.Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon; 1:30 o’clock at the Cooper Funeral Home and 2:00 o’clock at Trinity Lutheran church with the Rev. E. M. Telschow officiating. Interment took place in Genoa cemetery.
     Among the relatives and friends from out-of-town who came to attend the funeral of William Schmidt were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schmidt and their son and daughter-in-law of Kankakee; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schmidt, Mrs. Amelia Gnakow, Elgin; Mrs. Minnie Schmidt, son, Raymond, and wife, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brungard, Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. N. D. Welch, Mrs. Donald Langlois and Mrs. George James, Sycamore.

Genoa Library, Genoa Illinois, Book: Genoa, Illinois - A History of Its Township, Library index #977.328, Page 112 -- Blacksmiths and Repair Shops -- William Schmidt & Son - Experts in their line; William Sr. expert in wagon building; William Jr. expert in horseshoeing.

William E. Schmidt was married to Hermina C Fahrenhold in 1875 in Germany.

Hermina C FAHRENHOLD was born in Oct., 1851 in Germany.  She died 9 March, 1936.

Sycamore True Republican, March 14, 1936  --  Funeral rites were accorded Thursday afternoon at Genoa for Mrs. William Schmidt, 85, who succumbed Monday evening at the Sycamore home of her daughter, Mrs. Edith Bennett on Maple street.  Mrs. Schmidt, resident of Genoa community for 50 years, had been ill and confined for nearly a year before taken. A heart ailment led to death.  Herminah Fahrenhold was a native of Germany, born Feb. 10, 1851, and resided there until 1881 when she came to the United States with her husband to whom she was wed in 1875. Eleven children were born to the union, five of whom survive their mother.  In addition to the husband William, there are three daughters -- Mrs. Bennett of Sycamore, Mrs. Alvina Brungard of Davenport, Mrs. Ella Rickner of California -- and two sons, Fred of Elgin and Walter of Kankakee, who mourn.  Services Thursday were held from the German Lutheran church with Rev. H. E. Tessmann officiating. Interment was in Genoa cemetery.  Mrs. Schmidt, widely known and respected, left many friends to grieve.


Children were:

childWilliam Edward Frank SCHMIDT

childi ii.  Rudolph A. SCHMIDT was born 6 Sep, 1882 in Volksdorf, Germany.  (Census says September 1881.)  He was married to Minneola BAUMANN.  Rudolph died 9 February, 1916 in Genoa, Dekalb, Illinois.

The Genoa Republican-Journal, Genoa, Illinois, Friday, February 11, 1916, Page 1 -- Rudolph Schmidt passed away at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schmidt, Sr., at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 9. The deceased had been failing for several months, being afflicted with tuberculosis, but death came unexpectedly. Private funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon.

Friday, February 18, 1916, Page 3, Column 4  --Walter Schmidt of Rockford, Mrs. Arthur Buening and Raymond Schmidt of Whitewater, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schmidt of Elgin were here last Friday to attend the funeral of Rudolph Schmidt.

Page 3, Column 5  --  Rudolph Schmidt  --  Rudolph, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schmidt, Sr., was born in Volksdorf, Germany, September 6, 1882. When six weeks of age his parents moved to America and soon located in Genoa where the deceased resided almost continuously up to the time of his death. He was a blacksmith by trade, having learned the trade in his father's shop in this city, and was considered an excellent workman. For a time he worked in Elgin but came back to Genoa again and was employed by his father and brother up until the time he was compelled to quit on account of poor health. He leaves a son, Raymond, about ten years of age, who resides with his aunt, Mrs. Arthur Buening, at Whitewater, Wis. The funeral services were held at the home last Friday afternoon, Rev. Molthan officiating. Interment took place in Genoa cemetery.

Page 6, Column 3  --  Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schmidt, Sr. desire thru these columns to thank the many friends for their kindness shown and the beautiful floral offerings.

childiii.  Freddie J. SCHMIDT was born in Sep, 1883 in Illinois.  He died in 1955.

childiv.  Walter A. SCHMIDT was born in Aug, 1886 in Illinois.

childv.  Edith SCHMIDT  was born 5 Feb 1889 in Genoa, McHenry, Illinois. She died 3 February, 1971 in Sycamore, Dekalb, Illinois.

Genoa Public Library, DeKalb County Journal, Thursday February 4, 1971, Page 4 -- Mrs. Edith M. Bennett, 81, of 806 Esther Ave., Sycamore died Feb. 3 at Sycamore Municipal Hospital.   She was born Feb. 5, 1889 in Genoa to William and Hermina Schmidt. She wed Roe Bennett in Genoa in 1907. She was a member of the Federated Church, a member of the Genoa Chapter of the Eastern Star and the Sycamore Woman's Club.   Survivors include one son, Monte of Sycamore; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.   She was preceded by her husband, one daughter and ten brothers and sisters.   Funeral services will be tomorrow at 1:30 at the Van Natta Funeral Home with Donald S. Bourne officiating. Burial will be in the Genoa Cemetery.   Friends may call tonight from 7 to 9 p.m.   The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to Opportunity House in Sycamore.

childvi.  Ella SCHMIDT was born in Oct, 1890 in Illinois. 

childvii.  Alvina SCHMIDT  was born in Jul, 1892 in Illinois.