Heart O' Texas News
30 april 1931
Karl Schmidt was one of the earliest settlers in Lohn. He came from
Silesia, Germany. He was born at the foot of the Riesen Mountains.
He stayed one year alone in this country then sent for his wife, mother
and father in 1881, After taking three distinct and separate lanes
(all of them wrong except the last one) I arrived at Mr. Schmidt's cottage
situated upon the slope of the hill. Mr. Schmidt, on arriving in
West Texas, looked over the Valley and said that it was good-that any man
who was willing to work could make the land yeild something. This,
he remarked was before he knew about drouths! He remembers that Mr.
Lohn and Mr. Sheridan had already made homes in the Lohn colony and were
establisied pioneers. It seemed there are no landmarks of early days
around Lohn. There were no Indian raids of any importance, however,
there are several graves in that part of the country where white men who
were murdered by the Indians lie buried. One, Mr. Schmidt mentioned,
is on a mountain top at Salt Gap. He ran across this grave and said
to his companion, "Someone slumbers here unknown." He placed stones
to outline the grave and it still can be seen on the mountain top.
Karl Schmidt is a Socialist, not a Communist. Socialism says "every
man according to his deeds," while Communism says :every man according
to his needs."
He was nominated for Governor of Texas by the Socialist Party at one time.