Laura Cathrine Schmidt

25 February 1876–17 December 1954 (Age 78)
Sommersted, Vojens, Sønderjylland, Denmark

The Life of Laura Cathrine

When Laura Cathrine Schmidt was born on 25 February 1876, in Sommersted, Vojens, Sønderjylland, Denmark, her father, Jef Hansen Schmidt, was 44 and her mother, Marie Anholm, was 33. She married Peder Johansen Pedersen on 27 April 1898, in St. Croix, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 10 daughters. She died on 17 December 1954, in River Falls, Pierce, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in River Falls, St. Croix, Wisconsin, United States.

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Peder Johansen Pedersen
Laura Cathrine Schmidt
Marriage: 27 April 1898
Marie Pedersen
Maren Christine Pedersen
Christine Pedersen
Anna Jensen Pedersen
Laura Mathilda f. Pedersen Ostness
Henry Jens Pedersen
Stella Marguerita f. Pedersen
Minnie Johanna
Peder Johannes Pedersen
Dagmar Dorothea Pedersen
Theodore Christian Pedersen
Mildred Florence Pedersen
Helen Dusea f. Pedersen Halberg

Spouse and Children

27 April 1898
St. Croix, Wisconsin, United States


+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Jef Hansen Schmidt


    Marie Anholm




    Niels Johan Schmidt


    George Theodore Smith


    Christian Anholm Schmidt


    Christian Anholm Schmidt


    Anne Christine Schmidt


+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 5

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 7

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 22

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German smit, German Schmied ‘blacksmith’. The German surname is found in many other parts of Europe, from Slovenia to Sweden.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Laura C Petersen in household of Peter D Petersen, "Wisconsin State Census, 1905"
  • Laura K Pederson in household of Peter Pederson, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Laura Peterson in household of Peter Peterson, "United States Census, 1900"

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