In writing a record of this nature it is necessary not only to include the living who have attained to a distinction which places them above their sur­ roundings, but also those who have passed away, for while they are no longer among those whom they love and labored for. the influence of their blameless lives and worthy deeds still exists. One of the men most deserving of special mention herein, is the late Frederick Schmale, formerly of No. 321 Fifteenth street, Rock Island, who not only was a good business man, and faithful worker in his special line, but a loyal citizen and devoted family man. He was born in Hanover, Germany, September 3, 1832, being a son of Frederick and Charlotte Schmale, natives of Hanover, Germany. The father was a shoemaker, who lived and died in Germany. After his demise, the widow and her family came to America, and she passed away at Leavenworth, Kan.

Frederick Schmale, the younger, was educated in Germany, and taught his father's trade. He reached New York in 1852, but after a short stay, came to Rock Island, where he first worked at his trade and in time was able to establish himself in a shoe business, which he carried on for twenty-seven years, when he retired, having accumulated considerable property. His death occurred October 4, 1905. During his business career in Rock Island he made his name synon­ ymous with honesty of purpose and fairness of dealing.

On August 24, 1857, Mr. Schmale was united in marriage in Davenport, Iowa, with Anna Cismer, born July 2, 1829, in Germany, where both her parents died. Mrs. Schmale came to America with a sister, Mrs. Sophia Patus. There is a brother, John, who resides in Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Schmale became the parents of nine children, four of whom survive: Anna, wife of Herman Spitziias, of South Roek Island; Sophia, wife of William Trefz, proprietor of a dray line; Henry, of St. Louis, proprietor of a barber shop; and Margaret wife of Guy Settle, of Rock Island. Mrs. Schmale owns her home and several other desirable properties, being in comfortable circumstances

. She is a member of the German Lutheran church as are her chil­ dren, and Mr. Schmale was also a consistent member during his life. He was one of the first members of that denomination in the county, and did much to further the interests of the church in every way. In political faith, he was a democrat, but his inclinations did not point in the direction of public life, for he was strictly a home man. His pride lay in his family and business and church, and he had no time for politics. When he died Rock Island lost a substantial citizen, his family a beloved husband and father, and his church its most valued member.


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