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 crossfire. 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 Private Schmind was wounded, he had only been with the Texas Rangers 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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Pvt. Schmid,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas.


United States Border Patrol

June 17, 2023

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