Do you have the photo of William F Schmalsle that is on the Red River War site? http://www.mobeetie.com/pages/rrwar.htm.
"WILLIAM F. SCHMALSLE, SCOUT German born frontiersman hired by Lieutenant Frank Baldwin at Fort Dodge as a scout for the Miles' expedition into the Panhandle of Texas. His slight build and short stature hardly suggested he would become a hero, but he was hired because he could shoot and ride. He was a scout with the Lyman wagon train. Schmalsle exhibited his courage, when, on September 10, 1874, he slipped out under the cover of darkness to ride seventy-five miles to Fort Supply for help. On November 8, 1874, Schmalsle spotted Grey Beard's Cheyenne camp on McClellan Creek and reported to Baldwin who charged the camp and rescued the youngest Germaine sisters."
I only had a few minutes to look him up. I don't know if this is his brother or him. Sometimes German born immigrants had 3 or 4 first names. Do you have birth & death dates?
I could only find a Jacob F Schmalsle born abt 1841 in Germany- father J. Schmalsle born abt 1815 Germany- both in Kansas census in 1875- March on Kill Creek, Osborne County- as farmers- the senior from Ohio to Kansas- junior from Colorado.
He applied for Union Civil War Veteran Pension when living in Montana- I could not make out the year on the card (18_7or4)- former member of both Colorado Calvary & Infantry Union CW. His marble headstone provided for US Civil War veterans was placed in Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 So Sepulveda Blvd- Sect1 RowH Site9, his deathdate 7 Sept 1892.
Found an entry for William F Schmalsle, Pasadena Directory 1888-90 in Real Estate.