Pioneers Are Gone, Conrad Schmidt, for many years Chicago and Northwestern Yard-Master, Dies
Conrad Schmitt died at his home, No. 53 Iroquois street, at 10:30 o'clock this morning. He was taken sick with congestion of the lungs last Thursday and he grew rapidly worse until the end. He was born in 1830, at Meider Grenzeback, Germany, and came to this country in 1821 [sic]. In that year he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Prince at New York. They have five children living. They are Mrs. John Schnider, John Schmidt, of Iowa; Geo. Schmidt, Conrad Schmidt, Jr., and Henry Schmidt. After the death of his first wife he was married to Miss Grace [sic] Balluff in 1864, and their children are Julius, Margaret, Theresa, Matilda and Albert Schmidt, all of this city. Mr. Schmidt was a kind and loving father and loved the home circle more than all things else. He was a member of the Germania society and also of the Odd Fellows. He has lived in Freeport over forty years and was for a long time yard-master of the Chicago North Western, but of late years on account of his age he has acted as crossing flagman. The funeral will occur Wednesday afternoon. The arrangements are not yet completed.
Obituary of Conrad Schmidt, Freeport Daily Bulletin, Monday, 17 September 1894. Submitted by: Laura Balluff on 10 Feb 2000