From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 182-184, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry M. Schmoldt, Beardstown, Illinois. - It is the
constitutional privilege of every American to aspire to the highest
honors within the gift of the people; and when such aspiration is
supplemented by progressive and well balanced mentality, backed with
integrity, tact and energy, it follows as a law of natural selection
that such a man is a leader among his fellow men. It matters not
whether his father be a prince of fortune, or an humble mechanic; the
law of selection, made natural by the inspired principles of our
constitution, remains the same; for under the beneficent and noble
doctrine of a true republican government, monarchial succession is
relegated to the repellent past, and all men are born equal-equal in
the right of law and privilege, the only aristocrat being the man
possessing a wealth of brains. Such a man may have an academic
sheepskin learnedly inscribed as an early voucher to his mentality and
title to distinction. When such is happily the case the man simply
rises the more rapidly, simply obtains an earlier hold upon the
confidence and respect of his fellow men. The history such a man makes
becomes his own property, so to speak, and not alone an embellishment
of the future. His progress has outstripped time, and he lives to read,
in accredited form and in the suffrage of approval of his fellow men,
the story of his life. How eminently fitting to a good life is such an
honor, and how few men enjoy it! It is one of those few, a man who,
though still in the morning of his life, has made a record worthy the
pages of history that this sketch is written.
Henry M. Schmoldt was born in Cass county, Illinois, September
19, 1858. He is the eldest son of Robert G. and Johanna (Blohn)
Schmoldt, both natives of Hanover, Germany. Robert G. Schmoldt was the
eighth son of Herman Schmoldt, a wealthy land owner in Hanover. The
father of Henry M. Schmolt spent a portion of his early life upon the
ocean. In 1852 he was married, by the American consul at Hamburg, to
Miss Johanna Blohn, of Hanover, after which he emigrated to the United
States, locating in New York city. In July of the following year he
removed to Beardstown, where with his good wife he enjoys the fruits of
a well earned competence and good name.
In 1890, at the retirement of his father from business, Henry M.
Schmoldt, in company with his brothers, Adolph E. and Robert W.,
assumed full control of the extensive business built up by their
father, a business which with the advent of younger blood at the helm
has made additional strides in the favor of the public. The boyhood of
Henry M. Schmoldt was full of active usefulness and hard work. At the
usual age he entered the public school at Beardstown, and to this, the
education there obtained, was added a commercial course of study in a
business college in St. Louis, Missouri, after which he took a course
at Asbury (now Depauw) University, Greencastle, Indiana.
In 1876, he returned to Beardstown and associated himself with
his father in the manufacture of cooperage supplies, and has continued
in the business ever since, the firm now being Schmoldt Bros. &
Company. This firm also deals extensively in lumber and
Mr. Schmoldt, of whom this sketch is written, is one of the
younger war horses in the Republican party, and has widened his
strength and wisdom in office by having been repeatedly elected to the
office of Mayor of Beardstown, besides having served as Alderman for
several years. He is a hard worker, scrupulous and exact in his
dealings with men, and a staunch advocate of the principles of the
great party, in whom and through whom he sees the great truths which
his party believes have made America what it is. He is, however, more
of a statesman than a politician; for politicians are not generally
given to great scruples in matters of conscience in politics, and Mr.
Schmoldt is; but it is the honest, straightforward man that wins a
lasting meed of victory in politics as well as in social and business
life; and such is the record of Mr. Schmoldt. In the local counsels of
the Republican party he is an able and welcome adviser.
On May 12, 1880, Mr. Schmoldt was married to Miss Lena Earhardt,
of Beardstown, daughter of the late Dr. Fred Earhardt, an old and
leading physician of Cass county. They have one child, a daughter, whom
they have named Jennie.
Socially, Mr. Schmoldt is a prominent member of the Masonic
fraternity, and also of the Odd Fellows. Personally he is kind,
courteous and affable.