Karl August Schmid (1837 - 1913)

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Birthplace: Berg am Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland
Death: Died in ID, USA
Occupation: Tailor, Dairyman, Rancher
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Karl August Schmid

Birth: Sep. 24, 1837, Berg am Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland

Death: Jan. 23, 1913, Slug Creek, Idaho, USA

Father: Heinrich "Henry" Schmid

Mother: Chleophea Eberhard

Spouse: Anna Landert

Sources: Georgetown Cemetery Record Sexton Remarks:

"The following account was written by Verona Schmid Hayes for the Daughters of Utah Pioneers' History of Bear Lake Valley. It is based on information supplied by Robert Schmid and known to Verona through her parents, August and Julia Schmid.

Karl August Schmid was born 24 September 1837 at Berg am Irchel, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, the son of Heinrich Schmid and Cleophea Eberhard. He married Anna Landert who was born 4 May 1843 at Rorbas, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. While living in the town of Berg, missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contacted the family who were then members of the Lutheran Church. After some period of study and listening to the gospel message as taught by the missionaries, Karl was converted and baptized on May 26, 1880 and his wife was baptized in June of the same year. They then moved to the city of Schaffhausen near the Rhine Falls where they lived for six years during which time they entertained the elders from Zion and served in various church capacities.

Karl August Schmid was a tailor by trade, and his wife, Anna, worked in the textile factories when her health permitted. The family desired to emigrate to America, but did not have the financial means to do so. Their family consisted of seven children: Charles (Karl), Anna, William who died as an infant, Mary, Robert, Emma and August.

After becoming members of the L.D.S. Church, the family assisted the missionaries and served as officers and teachers in their local branch of the church. Sometime later they decided they should send part of their family at a time to America. Two daughters, Annie age 16, and Mary age 10, left their home in company with the Houser and Wilker families on August 27, 1883 to emigrate to America. They came directly to Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho, where Mary lived and worked in the homes of John Norton and William N. B. Shepherd. Annie lived and worked at the home of William Rich and later at the home of David Kunz in Bern.

On May 11, 1884, the eldest son Charles (Karl) bade his family goodbye and accompanied the August Hoagi and Gene Ruger families to America. He was happy to be reunited with his sisters in Paris as they renewed their family ties and exchanged news about the family. Charles worked in and around Paris, Idaho and at Evanston, Wyoming.

On May 17, 1886, Karl August Schmid and his wife, Anna, and their three youngest children, Robert, Emma and August, left their home in Schafzhausen, Switzerland where they had lived for several years, to come to America. One can imagine the emotions they felt, knowing they were leaving brothers and sisters behind whom they would not see again. Great sacrifices had to be made, but their aim and desire were to have their family together in "Zion." They spent eleven days crossing the ocean on the Steamship Nevada. Many other families from Germany, Switzerland, England and Denmark were on the same ship.

The family arrived in Montpelier, Idaho on the 9th of June, 1886. and were met at the train by Will Kunz and William J. Kunz who took them on to Bern. They recalled that between Montpelier and Bern there was much high water which at times came into the wagon box as they drove through it. When they arrived in Bern, they were overjoyed to meet again their daughter Annie. Mary who was still in Paris soon joined her parents and brothers and sisters. They stayed at the David and Will Kunz homes for a week where they said they were treated royally. A week after their arrival in their new country, John Kunz II took them to Paris, Idaho, where they made their home for the next thirteen years.

Shortly after arriving in Paris Karl August Schmid bought a home from Walter Hodge for $300. This home was located in the Second Ward two doors North of the Court house and near the location of the present Forest Service Station. The family was happy in their new home. Father Karl began his tailoring trade, and through this met and made many friends. His son Charles, who had been working on ranches in Paris and Evanston, came home and helped the family get settled. In Paris, they met many former friends and associates whom they had known in their native Switzerland. There, their eighth child, Joseph, was born and died in infancy. They lived in Paris during the building of the Fielding Academy and the Bear Lake Stake Tabernacle.

On March 27, 1899, Karl August Schmid sold his home in Paris to Bishop Ed Crouch. They moved to Bern with the view of buying the "Dutch" Henry ranch on Slug Creek, seventeen miles North and East of Georgetown. They lived in Bern until details of the purchase of the ranch could be made. This move was made because of the desire of the father and mother to provide employment at home for their two younger sons, Robert and August. By this time, Charles had married Eliza Von Allmen and had started his own tailoring establishment in Montpelier which later became known as the Schmid Brothers Cleaners. Daughter Annie married William J. Kunz of Bern, and Mary married John Kunz, Jr., his brother. These two families participated in the cheese manufacturing business and spent their Summers in Williamsburg, Idaho where they grazed cattle and made cheese.

In the Fall of 1899, the ranch at Slug Creek was purchased, and the family moved to their new home. Robert, August and Emma were still living at home. Thus began their life of ranching. They grazed cattle and sheep, and the ranch provided the hay necessary for Winter feed. This was a very new and different life for the family, especially for Karl and his wife Anna who in their earlier years had lived in cities in their native Switzerland.

For seventeen years, Winter and Summer, they remained at the ranch. Many cattle and sheep men found their home a convenient stopover as they moved their sheep and cattle through the valley. Meals were provided for them and all visitors were made welcome in their home. During the Winter months they were isolated because of the heavy snows and cold weather which made travel impossible. Mail and much needed supplies were brought in by men on snowshoes or horseback when the snow wasn't too deep. In the Spring and Fall their home was a convenient stopover for their daughters Annie and Mary and their families as they moved to and from the Williamsburg dairies.

During the time they lived at the ranch, Emma married William J. Thornton who had worked at the ranch. They later moved to Georgetown where they made their home. August married Julia Esther Kunz, and lived at the ranch until it was sold. Karl August Schmid and his wife Anna found great joy in their family and in having them near in their later lives. A united loving family relationship always existed among their children and their grandchildren.

On July 4, 1911, Karl's wife Anna died, and on January 25, 1913, Karl August Schmid died at the ranch. Their bodies were taken to Georgetown for funeral services and burial since Georgetown was the ward to which the family belonged during their residence at the ranch." Biography courtesy of Foster M. Kunz from, Kunz and Schmid Ancestors, 1980.

Children:
 Charles Schmid (1864 - 1909)*
 Anna Schmid Kunz (1867 - 1944)*
 Mary Schmid Kunz (1873 - 1920)*
 Robert Schmid (1875 - 1960)*
 August Schmid (1884 - 1946)*

Burial: Georgetown Cemetery Georgetown Bear Lake County Idaho, USA


Created by: Bruce J. Black Record added: Dec 24, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 12781709

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Karl August Schmid's Timeline

1837
September 24, 1837
Berg am Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland
1857
1857
Age 19
1864
1864
Age 26
1867
May 7, 1867
Age 29
Switzerland
1867
Age 29
1873
1873
Age 35
1875
1875
Age 37
Zurich, Zurich District, Zurich, Switzerland
1880
December 28, 1880
Age 43
Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
1884
1884
Age 46
Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen, Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland
1887
1887
Age 49