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Hedwig Schmidt papers

Identifier: IWA1044

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Scope and Contents

The Hedwig Schmidt papers date from 1961 to 2015 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Biographical and Diaries.

The Biographical series (1998-2015) contains an obituary for Schmidt from the Strawberry Point, Iowa, Press-Journal and biographical information provided by her daughter and the donor, Dorothy Stocks, at the time of accession.

The Diaries series (1961-1990) includes six Five-Year Diaries detailing her daily life in rural Strawberry Point. Diary entries contain notes on the weather, various appointments and projects, visits to the farm and trips to town.


  • Creation: 1961-2015


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Hedwig Weger Schmidt was born in 1907 to Hulda Baumgartner Weger and George Weger at home in rural Strawberry Point, Iowa. Weger was the second oldest of eight siblings: Julia, Carl, Arthur, Paul, Helen, Elmer, Walter, and Donald. She attended a one-room country school through eighth grade, then did housework for neighbors until her marriage in 1928. She married Alfred Schmidt on the Weger family farm where they would live for nearly 50 years. They had four children: Helen, Raymond, Paul, and Dorothy.

A homemaker, farm wife, and lifelong member of St. Sebald Lutheran Ladies’ Aid, Schmidt enjoyed cooking, gardening, and having her ten grandchildren visit the farm. She and her husband moved into the town of Strawberry Point in 1977. Her husband passed away shortly after they celebrated their sixty-eighth wedding anniversary. Hedwig Schmidt died two years later in 1998.


2.50 linear inch

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Resident of Clayton County, Iowa, whose diaries from the 1960’s to the 1980’s related to rural life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1397) were donated by Dorothy L. Stocks in 2015.

Heidi Stofer, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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