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Citizenship Questioned, Fairfax Standard, 12-12-1918

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The citizenship of Herman Schmechel, state senator-elect from Renville county, and Bernard Loonan, senator-elect from Stearns county, may be questioned in contests before the Senate committee on elections, it is reported yesterday.

Schmechel and Loonan are both said to have been born in Germany, and the question will be whether they have acquired full citizenship.

The records of the courts where they took out citizenship papers, if they acquired such paper, will decide the issue. – Pioneer Press.

Herman Schmechel was naturalized in the District Court of the Twelfth Judicial District on the 15th day of October 1890, according to the records. The two people who acted as witnesses for him were Herman Kiecker and John Fahey. One John Schmechel became naturalized at the same time.

Editor’s Note: We have a large collection of World War I items donated by the Schmechel family for the service of Ewald & Paul Schmechel.