Jacob Schmitz Interview, ca. 1977

Title

Jacob Schmitz Interview, ca. 1977

Authors

Jacob Schmitz

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Interviewer

Lee Tempte

Interviewee

Jacob Schmitz

Date Recorded

1977

Date Digital

7-29-2020

Keywords

German Americans; Germany--Emigration and immigration; United States--Emigration and immigration; Blacksmiths--Minnesota; Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota; American bison; Rural schools--Minnesota; Smallpox; Smallpox--Vaccination; Blizzards--Minnesota; Farm life--Minnesota; World records; Publicity

Description

Jacob Schmitz was 81 years old and was from Wheaton, Minnesota.

In this interview, Jake discusses the first Schmitz moving to the Wheaton area in 1876. He also discusses his father's journey from Germany to the United States. He talks about his father's work as a blacksmith and his father moving to homestead in the Traverse County area. He discusses the conditions and life his father had homesteading in the area. He talks about his parents collecting buffalo bones to sell.

In the second part of the interview, he talks about his father helping to start a school in the area. He discusses the smallpox epidemic in the area during his father's life, and the neighbor who had his own method of smallpox vaccination. He talks about the blizzard of 1880. He then talks about his own experiences farming in the area. He talks about his family (he and his wife had 20 children) and about how one of his children made a record for the largest baby born at 16 pounds and 24 1/2 inches long. He talks about the newspaper publicity of the story of his son being the largest baby.

Run Time

00:24:49

Language

English

Notes

This oral history has no transcript. This interview was done in two parts, to be aired over two weeks on KMRS.

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

KMRSSchmitz01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1019

Jacob Schmitz Interview, ca. 1977

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