Carl was born Carl Ludwig Schmitz in Metz to a German father and a French mother. He was the child of Edouard and Anna Schmitz. It was an arranged marriage. There were 4 siblings, all boys. When his parents had separated, Carl and his brother Ludwig were raised by their mother. His other brothers Walter and Herman stayed with their father.
He received most of his education in Munich, Germany.
Carl immigrated to the US and sponsored his brother Ludwig ( Louis ) Schmitz in 1928. Ludwig, also an artist, painted for pleasure, creating pen and ink, and watercolor caricatures.
Both Walter and Herman were declared missing in WWI.
Carl has one daughter, Gertrude, and four grandchildren, all from Nutley, New Jersey.
Information courtesy of Carola Schmitz, niece of Carl Schmitz.