WILHELM SCHIMMEL (c.1840-1890)
was born in Hesse-Dramstadt, Germany. He immigrated to Pennsylvania shortly after the Civil War and settled in the Carlisle area west of Harrisburg. Schimmel was a difficult character and an alcoholic, however in the close knit Pennsylvania German community his antisocial behavior was tolerated and even supported by local residents. He bartered his carvings for food and alcohol, asking ten to 25 cents for his most typical works. Using a pocketknife, gesso and paint, Schimmel left a legacy of carvings but died in the county almshouse.