Adam Schmal was born in the Province of
Rhine, Germany, June 24, 1828. He is the son of Joseph and Anna C. (Spidler)
Schmal, natives of the same locality. His father was a carpenter,
which trade he followed thirty-six years in Germany. He intended
coming to America in 1837, with John Hack, deceased, who, however,
sent a glowing account of Lake County, which started him to the new
world, and he arrived at New York after thirty days of rough
passage, whence he went to Chicago, and thence to this county in
1838, where he settled to farming and died May 18, 1859, his wife
preceding him by ten days. Adam has an English and German education,
and, like his father, is a farmer, with one of the finest farms in
this county, with all improvements; it contains 400 acres. On April
29, 1851, he was married to Margaret Rassier, a native of Germany,
whose parents came to Lake County in 1842. Mr. and Mrs. Schmal have
seven children-- Barbara (now Mrs. J. Wachter), Lily (now Mrs. J.G.
Bohling), Peter, George, Margaret, Catherine, and Frederick William.
Mr. Schmal is a Republican, and was County Treasurer from 1867 to
1871-a most satisfactory official. He has also been County
Commissioner, and has held other township offices. He came to his
present farm in 1875.
Source- Counties of Porter and Lake,
Submitted By Kathy Huish