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SCHONHARDT, Frederick


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    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 25 Jul 1903, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Frederick Schonhardt

Died at 3:50 in the morning on July 22, 1903 at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Beiter at No. 112 Washington Street, Second Ward in his 76th year.

He was one of a family of four, two boys and two girls. When he was a boy, he learned the baker's trade in Simon's Forest in Baden, Germany. He came to the United States during the Mexican War and spent a few years "in the East."

He came to Johnstown in 1853 and worked for a time on Leech's Line on the Pennsylvania Canal, later going to work on the Old Portage Railroad. After severing his connection with the railroad, he dug ore on the hillside above the Eleventh Ward, and later on Benschoff Hill. For a number of years, he was employed in the bundling room at the Gautier mills. He had not worked since the Flood.

Frederick Schonhardt was a survivor of the Civil War and received pension from the Government for his services rendered to the Union. In the spring of 1864, he enlisted in Company C, Ninety-third Regiment, P. V., under Captain Reuben Snavely, in the First Battalion, Second Division, Sixth Corps of the Army of the Potomac. He participated in the engagement of Salem on April 2, 1865, and also at the fall of Petersburg, VA, on the following day. He was honorably discharged at the close of the war.

The funeral took place at 9 o'Clock on Friday from St. Joseph's German Catholic Church. Frederick was a member of this church for fifty years. A solemn requiem mass was said with Rev. H. A. Schonhardt as the celebrant. Father Rudeswind was deacon and Father Robert was subdeacon. Interment was made in the church cemetery in Geistown.

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