Schmedtgen, William (Died)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 31 Dec 1936, p. 23
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William Schmedtgen, noted artist and cartoonist, passed away at his home, 710 Greenleaf avenue, Wilmette, Tuesday morning. He was 74 years old. Born in Chicago, Mr. Schmedtgen studied at the Art Institute and began his career as a pioneer in newspaper illustration. Starting on the Chicago Mail, he later worked for St. Louis newspapers and later became head of the art department of the Chicago Record, and served that publication as artist and as correspondent during the Spanish-American war where his sketches gave him national renown. After that conflict he toured in Mexico, Italy, Spain, and northern Africa, making sketches. He was particularly noted for his studies of wild fowl and of hunting and fishing scenes and illustrated many books and magazine articles on outdoor life. He covered many of the big news events of the day, making dramatic sketches and drawings of the major scenes. An invalid for several years, he was attacked by influenza which later developed into pneumonia, the cause of his death. Funeral services will be held in the chapel at Rosehill cemetery on Thursday afternoon. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Clara Thurnan Schmedtgen, and by a daughter, Mrs. Alan Copeland Collins of Philadelphia.

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31 Dec 1936
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29 Dec 1936
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Schmedtgen, William (Died)