Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
LEO L. SCHMIDT resides in Moses
coulee, about sixteen miles south from Douglas postoffice. He has
a very fine estate which is irrigated from a creek in the coulee and thus
is made to produce abundant crops of alfalfa, red clover and timothy.
In addition to this, Mr. Schmidt has a large fruit orchard which brings
fine returns each year. He raises a large band of stock and is one
of the prosperous men of Douglas county.
Leo L. Schmidt was born in Davenport, Iowa,
on March 18, 1869, the son of August F. and Mary S. Schmidt, natives of
Holstein, Germany and Denmark, respectively. They came to the United
States when young and settled in Iowa. Our subject received his education
in the common schools and in the business college at Davenport, Iowa, and
there remained until he had gained his majority. At that time, he
determined to see the west and accordingly turned his face to the setting
sun and traveled until convinced that Douglas county was the place to settle.
He bought his present farm from Otto G. Smith, who in turn had purchased
it from Mr. Ward, who settled upon it in 1883. Mr. Schmidt has about
eighty acres of land planted to hay and fruit. The place is well
improved, having commodious buildings, and a fine eight-room house, handsomely
painted and surrounded with trees and shrubbery. His cattle are all
graded and he has some very fine specimens. Mr. Schmidt has one brother
and two sisters, Otto B., Mrs. Dora Smith and Mrs. Emma Witt.
In Davenport, Iowa, on May 1, 1900, Mr. Schmidt
married Miss Emma E., the daughter of Peter L. and Cacielie Peters, natives
of Holstein, Germany. Mrs. Schmidt was born on March 7, 1869.
She has one brother and six sisters, named as follows: John L., Mrs. Katherine
Langbehn, Mrs. Sophia Wolflin. Mrs. Anna Martin, Mrs. Cacielie Enke,
Mrs. Hellen Thiessen, and Bertha. To Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt two children
have been born: Walter A. on February 4, 1901; and Zella E., on May 19,
1902. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt were both raised under the influence of
the Lutheran church and are excellent people. Their place contains
several Indian burying grounds and was a rendezvous for the early inhabitants
of this country.