Schmidt, Peter

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Peter Schmidt (actual spelling was "Schmitt") came here from Beirn-Trier in 1836. His daughter, Maria Anna Schmidt married John Zender, another early settler. Schmidt had 200 acres. He and Zender ran a saloon. The first house was a blockhouse with a 10-foot stockade.

Until 1851, masses for local residents were held in a log house built by Peter Schmitt on the Ridge Trail (now Ridge Avenue).

The location of Schmidt's home is now 6665 N. Ridge Boulevard, but the current house is the third that has been built in this location.