August Joseph Schmidiger

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 15, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II

pg 197

August Joseph Schmidiger, D. D. S. An accomplished and skillful young dental
surgeon at Morgantown, Doctor Schmidiger grew up in this city, was liberally
educated, and after completing his preparation for his profession in the East
returned here to practice.

He was born at Fostoria, Ohio, August 7, 1893, son of Frank and Alice
(Schorno) Schmidiger. His parents were natives of Switzerland, but were
married in this country. The mother was born in 1873 and died in 1915.
Frank Schmidiger was born in 1862, learned the trade of glass maker in
Switzerland, and on coming to the United States in 1888 was employed for a
time in a glass plant at Cumberland, Maryland, and later went to Ohio. He
was one of the organizers of the Seneca Glass Company at Fostoria. Due to
the exhaustion of the natural gas supply the company in 1900 moved its plant
to Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Seneca Glass Company is one of the
large and conspicuous industries at this time. Frank Schmidiger has been in
the business continually, and now has charge of the company’s plant at Starr
City, a suburb of Morgantown.

August Joseph Schmidiger was seven years of age when the family came to
Morgantown. He attended the city schools and in 1907 entered Rock Hill
College at Ellicott City, Maryland, where he took the academic and regular
college work, graduating A. B. in 1914. The following year he entered
Baltimore Dental College at Baltimore, and received his degree in 1918.
About the time he finished his college course Doctor Schmidiger volunteered
for service in the Dental Corps, but he was not called to the colors prior to
the signing of the armistice. In 1919, having returned to Morgantown, he
opened an office for practice, and ranks as one of the most skillful men in
his profession. He is a member of Morgantown Chamber of Commerce, of St.
Francis de Sales Catholic Church and the Psi Omega dental fraternity.