Sunday, February 9, 2014

Minnie Appel Schimdt, 1865-1956

Minnie Appell Schmidt was born in 1865 to Louis Zistel and Anna Rosenkranz Zistel. Minnie's father Louis Zistel was an entrepreneur, who took visitors to Cedar Point in 1870, long before it was the well known amusement park that it is today. In 1877, when Minnie was only 12 years old, her mother died. Her father re-married in 1879. Erie County Probate Court records show that Minnie Zistel marred Albert Appell on November 26, 1884. Albert Appell died in 1890, leaving Minnie a widow with two young daughters, named Ada and Ruby.  In September of 1894, Minnie Appell married Charles Schmidt. Soon Charles and Minnie Schmidt had a daughter of their own, named Madeline. Charles Schmidt died in December, 1950, at age 87. He had been the oldest living member of the Sandusky Yacht Club at the time of his death. On February 9, 1956, Mrs. Minnie Appell Schmidt died at the age of 90.  Mrs. Schmidt was survived by her three daughters, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a brother and sister. Minnie Appell Schmidt was laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery, next to both her first and her second husbands.  Reading between the lines, I think the tombstone represents Minnie's love and respect to her first husband, who died so young, as well to her second husband, with whom she shared over fifty years of married life. An obituary for Minnie Appell Schmidt appeared in the February 9, 1956 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News.

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