Andrew Basil Schmidt: Birth: 26 OCT 1872. Death: UNKNOWN
Note: Death record shows died Jan. 24; gravestone shows Jan. 23 Gravestone shows died Jan. 23, 1919 at age 87 yrs, 3 mos. making his birth date approx. Oct. 1831, which conflicts with other sources that show born June 12, 1831. Farmed at lot 16, con. 3, Arthur Twp. "By the death of Basil Schmidt, which occurred at his home in Arthur Township on Thursday, Jan. 23, one of the old and successful pioneers of that municipality was removed. He had attained the ripe old age of eighty seven years and four months. His remains were interred in the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Saturday afternoon following the celebration of requiem high mass in the Sacred Heart Church conducted by Rev Father Traynor. The cortege which followed the remains from his late residence to their last resting place was large, testifying to the esteem in which he was held in the community where the greater portion of his life's work had been accomplished. The pallbearers were George Stortz, Daniel, Basil, Thomas, John and Peter Schmidt. The deceased was a native of Baden, Germany. In 1854 he came to Canada and resided for a number of years in Trenton, Ontario. There he married to Monica Shoniker, who predeceased him by about eight years. About forty-five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt moved into Arthur Township and purchased the farm where the remainder of their lives were spent. Mr. Schmidt was a thrifty honest and industrious man who made a success of the business of agriculture in which he was engaged, and who was generally regarded as a splendid neighbour and good citizen. He is survived by five sons, Nicholas of Kitchener, Thos., Edward and James of Arthur Township, and Andrew of Toledo; and two daughters, Mrs. John Stortz and Mrs. John Neff both of Kenilworth vicinity. He is survived by one brother, Frederick Schmidt, who was also one of the early settlers of Arthur Township, and one sister, Mrs. Beehler of Crysler." [obituary]
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