Private Frank Louis Schmid, Jr.

Private Frank Louis Schmid, Jr.

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 17, 1893

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Frank Louis Schmid, Jr.

Private Frank Schmid succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four years earlier in Fort Bend County.

He and several other rangers from Company D had been sent there to attempt to quell political unrest between two political parties that involved several assassinations and other violence. The sheriff of the county was the leader of one of the political parties and on August 16, 1889, he lead a group of men in a shootout with the other party.

Private Schmid and two other rangers attempted to intervene and got caught in the cross fire. Private Schmid was shot in the leg and was also struck in the abdomen, but the abdomen shot did not penetrate his skin. Fort Bend County Sheriff Tom Garvey, his uncle the former sheriff, a political rival, as well as an innocent bystander, were killed. Private Schmid was rescued from the scene and put under a doctor's care where he remained seriously ill. He recovered enough to return to a clerical position in 1892 but died the following year.

At the time Schmind was wounded he had only been with the agency for three years. He was buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery, in St. Louis, MO.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 16, 1889
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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No passage of time could ever erase your service and the sacrifice you made, and know that you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 17, 2020

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