Peter G. Schmidt Jr., grandson of Olympia brewery founder, dies at 94

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Peter and Elva Schmidt

Peter G. Schmidt Jr., grandson of the founder of the Olympia Brewery, died Feb. 4. He was 94.

Schmidt was born Dec. 3, 1921, in the historic Schmidt Mansion in Tumwater. He was the youngest of Peter Schmidt Sr.’s five children and the first boy.

Although he grew up with the brewery motto, “It’s the Water,” it wasn’t Tumwater’s artesian wells that attracted him as much as it was the saltwater nearby. When he was 12, he built his first sailboat on the shores of Budd Inlet, where his family had a summer camp. He remained passionately involved with maritime pursuits personally and professionally his whole life. Continue reading

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The Olympia Tumwater Foundation education programs have awarded over $1.7 million in scholarships and grants to hundreds of talented and deserving students. Scholar­ships are offered on the basis of both achievement and need to Thurston County residents attending college within the state of Washington. OTF also awards grants to local school districts and early childhood programs for innovative classroom projects.

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Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) is a local charitable organization that traces its roots to the Schmidt family of Tumwater and the famous Olympia Brewing Company. It was created in 1950 by Peter G. Schmidt Sr., long-time president of Olympia Brewing and oldest son of brewery founder Leopold Schmidt.

Over the years OTF has supported a range of worthwhile activities, from regional medical research to preservation of Northwest history. Today OTF is best known for the pair of properties it maintains for public use—Tumwater Falls Park and the historic Schmidt House—and the numerous college scholarships it awards to local students each year. The Foundation is governed by a board of respected community leaders and has deep, longstanding ties to the South Puget Sound region.

The Foundation is governed by a board of respected community leaders and has deep, longstanding ties to the South Puget Sound region.