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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HERMAN SCHMIDT, the efficient and well known Steward of the Northampton County Almshouse, which is located in Upper Nazareth Township, is a native of Prussia, Germany, where his birth occurred September 13, 1839. He is a son of William and Christiana (Roehle) Schmidt, both likewise natives of Germany. Until reaching the age of fifteen he continued to live in his native land, the years passing without marked event. In conformity to the laws of the land, he received a good education in his mother tongue. By reading of the benefits and advantages afforded in America, he early decided that he would try his fortunes in this fair land. In the mean time, to further this object, he acquired a fair knowledge of English, at least sufficient for general conversation. In 1854 he took passage at Bremen on a sailing-vessel, which, after a voyage of six weeks, cast anchor at Baltimore.

On his arrival in the New World, young Schmidt came directly to Northampton County, and secured work on a farm in Lower Nazareth Township. In this capacity he continued to remain for a number of years, meriting the respect of his employers for his industry and fidelity to duty. In 1868 his worthy qualities received reward in his being appointed as farmer for the Northampton County Almshouse, to take charge of the farm work connected with the fields appertaining thereto. The land now owned by this institution comprises three hundred and sixty-five acres, and the profits derived therefrom make the Almshouse self-sustaining.

In 1875 Mr. Schmidt was appointed to the responsible position of Steward, and has served as such since. In the truest sense he is a self-made man, owing entirely to his worthy characteristics his success in life. Frugal and industrious, he has constantly, by the aid of his faithful wife, laid aside each year some money which he has invested in land. He now owns two hundred and seventy-nine acres under good cultivation.

The wife and helpmate of Mr. Schmidt was formerly Miss Mary Karch, daughter of George Karch, of Bushkill Township, this county. Nine children have blessed their union, namely: Mary E., Emma C. (wife of Charles Kleppinger), Charles W., Franklin H., Alice A., Arthur G., Nellie E., Florence I. and Victor R.

Mr. Schmidt uses the right of franchise in favor of the Democratic party, though he is not prominent as a politician, preferring to give his labors to his daily work and important duties. He is a member of the Dryland Lutheran Church in Lower Nazareth Township. He enjoys the respect of all who know him, and is entitled to great credit and admiration for the manner in which he has met every trust reposed in him.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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