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Maria Johanna KRAUS
Athanasius HÖRTH
Martina HABICH
Luise Elisabeth HÖRTH
Conrad Charles SCHMALZ


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Nettie Christine URNESS

Conrad Charles SCHMALZ 2 3
  • Born: November 23, 1876, Varnhalt, Baden, Germany 4
  • Baptized: November 26, 1876, Steinbach, Baden, Germany
  • Marriage: Nettie Christine URNESS on January 3, 1910 in Red Wing, Goodhue, Minnesota, USA 1
  • Died: June 6, 1965, Holmes County, Ohio at age 88 5 6
  • Buried: Brook Park, Ohio - Holy Cross Cemetery

bullet  General Notes:

Conrad left Paris, Arkansas and headed North to Minnesota where he met and married Nettie Christine Urness. Conrad and Nettie had four children; two boys and two girls.

At some point Conrad and Nettie moved to Belle Fourche, South Dakota. When they arrived in Belle Fourche they lived in a covered wagon while Conrad built their house. They homesteaded and farmed 80 acres, growing wheat and raising cattle. Conrad went to Texas on occasion and drove a heard of cows back to South Dakota to replenish the heard on his farm. Nettie didn't like being alone for the long time it took Conrad to go and return from Texas so he stopped going and let his farm hands do the trail drives.

During their time in Bell Fourche Conrad and Nettie were in an auto accident in which Nettie required medical attention not available in the area. They moved the family back to Red Wing around 1920 so they could be closer to the Mayo Clinic and the medical help Nettie needed. Their home in Red Wing was located at 1037 Sturdevant St.

They moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1931. In Cleveland, Conrad owned a restaurant at 17313 Euclid . At that time there was a crooked police chief using extortion to intimidate the local businessmen in the area and the police chief's two brothers regularly threatened Conrad in order to get him to sell his business so that the police chief's cronies could control all the businesses in the area. Eventually the police chief was able to buy all the properties on the block and evicted Conrad from the building where the restaurant was located. Subsequently Elliot Ness came in, ousted the corrupt Chief and his gang of hoodlums and cleaned up the corruption in the area. I enjoyed hearing this story... Especially when Lucille Schmalz, who was relating the tale, got a sort of smirk on her face and a gleam of satisfaction in her eyes as she got to the part about Elliot Ness getting rid of that police chief. Conrad was able open a new restaurant after he was forced to close the old one.


bullet  Noted Events In his Life:

  • Immigration, March 29, 1880, America. picture
    He emigrated to America from Baden-Baden, Germany. Baden-Baden is a small town near the Black Forest in south western Germany. Click here to read more about the history of Baden-Baden and how it got it's name.

    Gabriel Schmalz, Louise, Konrad and Felix are listed on the New York Passenger List. Arrival Date: 29 Mar 1880 - Port of Departure: Rotterdam, Netherlands - Destination: United States of America - Place of Origin: Germany - Ship Name: Maas - Port of Arrival: New York - Line: 23 - Microfilm Roll: 423 - List Number: 321

    The "Maas" of 1873 was a 1,705 gross ton ship, length 255.3ft x beam 35.1ft, straight stem, one funnel, two masts, iron construction, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 8-1st and 288-3rd class passengers. Built by Henderson, Coulborn & Co, Glasgow for the Dutch company, Plate, Reuchlin & Co, she was launched on 19/8/1872. She left Rotterdam on her maiden voyage to Halifax (for coal) and New York on 20/11/1872. In April 1873, Plate, Reuchlin ceased operations due to lack of capital and she went, with the rest of their assets, to the newly formed Holland America Line. On 1/6/1873 she commenced her first voyage for her new owners, from Rotterdam to New York, and her last voyage started on 8/4/1883. Later the same year she was renamed "Maasdam" and on 25/8/1883 resumed Rotterdam - New York sailings. On 24/10/1884 she was destroyed by fire at sea with no loss of life. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3, p.909]
  • Census, June 27, 1900, Short Mountain, Logan, Arkansas - District 61. picture

    The following Schmaltz family are members are listed on this page:
    Gabriel Smaltz, Head, Born May 1835, Age 65
    Louise E., Wife, Born Feb 1852, Age 48
    Caroline, Daughter, Born May 1877, Age 23
    Felix A., Son, Born Oct 1878, Age 21
    Frank M., Son, Born Jan 1882, Age 18
    Mary E., Daughter, Born Dec 1886, Age 13
    Adolp, Son, Born Nov 1884, Age 15
    Leo, Son, Born May 1888, Age 12
    Frances M., Daughter, Born Oct 1992, Age 8

    This is the most messed up census I found. Even with all the errors in the census data and the transcription of the data, I am
    convinced this IS the Gabriel Schmalz family. It looks like when the census taker came around somebody just made their best
    guess at birth month and year for each person in the family but were off by a year or so for most and off by about 9 years for
    Gabriel. The names also have errors indicating that whoever was giving the information to the census taker didn't even have a
    good knowledge of the family membrs names. The errors are:
    - Gobrie Smatty: I can't make out the first name but the last name looks like "Smaltz" with the l and the t crossed thus the name
    - "Caroline, Daughter" should be "Conrad, Son".
    - Felix A. should be Felix C.
    - Adolp should be Adolph
    - Mary E. should be Mary S.
    It's also interesting that Mary also shows up in the 1900 Fort Smith Census indicating she was not even living at Gabriel's
    house in 1900. I also suspect Conrad had already spread his wings and flew the coop by 1900 which would explain why
    someone who didn't know the family might have been confused about "Caroline/Conrad".
  • WW1 Civilian Draft Registration, September 12, 1918, Arpan, South Dakota. picture

  • Census, April 9, 1920, Orman, Butte, South Dakota - District 12. picture

    The following Schmalz family members are on this page:
    Conrad Schmalz, Head, Age 44
    Nettie, Wife, Age 34
    Herman, Son, Age 8
    Lucille, Daughter, Age 5
    Benjamin, Son, Age 2
  • Census, April 19, 1930, Red Wing, Goodhue, Minnesota - District 25. picture

    The following Schmalz family members are on this page:
    Conrad Schmalz, Head, Age 52
    Nettie, Wife, Age 42
    Herman, Son, Age 18
    Lucille, Daughter, Age 15
    Benjamin, Son, Age 12
    Marie Daughter, Age 8
  • Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery: Brook Park, Ohio. picture


Conrad married Nettie Christine URNESS, daughter of Peder Andreas URNESS and Rabaekke Gurine Concordia "Rose" PEDERSEN, on January 3, 1910 in Red Wing, Goodhue, Minnesota, USA.1 (Nettie Christine URNESS was born on December 14, 1884 in Minnesota, died on January 17, 1970 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA 7 8 and was buried in Brook Park, Ohio - Holy Cross Cemetery.)



  1. Marriage Document, License. Conrad and Nettie Schmalz picture
    Goodhue County, compiler, Goodhue County Marriages, (1896-1911) (Salt Lake City, UT: Family History Library, LDS Microfilm no. 1379161, 26 Jan 1984), vol. 14 (1908-1911), p. 297.

  2. Roman Reith provided information including the following source citation information:,
    Ahnenliste: Vater war Bruder von Kaspar Schmalz MVVV
    Kirchenbuch Varnhalt
    + Geburtseintrag (1876)
    + Im Jahr 1881 mit Eltern nach Nordamerika ausgewandert.
  3. Bureau of Land Management,
    SCHMALZ CONRAD 07 009 N 004 E 015 80 251500 PA 666533 02/18/1919
    This file is a part of the Bureau of Land Management Database for the states of
    Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
    Data edited and prepared by Joy Fisher, jfisher@ucla.edu. This file may be freely copied by individuals and non-profit organizations for their private use. All other rights reserved. Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires the written approval of the file's author.
    South Dakota Land Patents Database
    Using this information you can obtain copies of the patent file for $10 from the National Archives at the following address:
    Reference Branch (Lands)
    National Archives
    Washington, DC 20408
    (202) 501-5428
    You need to submit your request on a copy of Form 84. To get the form, send an e-mail message to inquire@nara.gov In the body of the message, be sure to ask for Form 84 "Order for Copies of
    Land Entry Files", tell them how many copies you want (get at least 2, in case you make a mistake) and give your name and snail address so they can send you the forms. (Or you can send a snail mail letter to above address). Sending by e-mail takes less than a week; by snail mail both ways takes about 2 weeks.
    Key to Case Types
    250000 Disposition: Use and Occupancy
    251000- Homestead
    252000- Desert Land Act
    253000- Indian Patents
    254000- Color of Title Act
    255000- Mining Claim Occupancy Act
    Land Conveyance types in this database:
    PA - Patent
    07 - Black Hills Meridian -- located on the SD - WY border
  4. Parish Register Entry, The birth of Conrad Schmalz picture
    Picture was provided by Roman Reith.

  5. Ohio Death Index,
    Name: CONRAD SCHMALZ Gender: Male Date of Death: June 06, 1965 Volume: 18104 Certificate: 45834 Marital Status: Married Place of Death: , Holmes County Race: White Residence: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Age: 88.
  6. Social Security Death Index,
    Name: Conrad Schmalz SSN: 277-18-9117 Last Residence: 44111 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States of America Born: 23 Nov 1876 Died: Jun 1965 State (Year) SSN issued: Ohio (Before 1951).
  7. Cleveland Library Necrology File,
    Id#: 0709279
    Name: Schmalz, Nettie (Urness)
    Date: Jan 17 1970
    Source: Plain Dealer; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #153.
    Notes: Schmalz. Nettie Schmalz (Urness), beloved wife of the late Conrad, dear mother of Herman Small of Tucson, Ariz., Benjamin Small, Lucille Schmalz and Marie Wehrle of Chicago, grandmother of 12, great-grandmother of 19, sister of Juliet Peterson of Florida and Irene Mitchell of California and the late Amanda Loechler. Funeral Mass Saturday, Jan. 17, St. Vincent de Paul Church, 13400 Lorain Ave. at 9:30 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Corrigan's Funeral Home, Lorain Ave. at W. 148th St.
  8. Cuyahoga County, Ohio Death Index, Volume:19936 Certificate: 001432.
    Name: Nettie U Schmalz Gender: Female Date of Death: 14 January 1970 Volume: 19936 Certificate: 001432 Autopsy: Unknown Marital Status: Widowed Place of Death: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Certifier: Physician Race: White Residence: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Age: 85 Years