biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN SCHULTZ, of Garfield Township, was born near Berlin, Germany, March 1, 1814, his parents being Frederick and Dora (Mil- ler) Schultz, both natives of Germany. Frederick was a veterinary surgeon by profession, and a soldier in the German army, during the wars against Napoleon Bonaparte. The subject of this sketch was married in 1842 to Dora P. Volman, a native of Prussia, and a daughter of Edmond Vol- man. They became the parents of eleven children, eight of whom lived to be men and women: Martha died in Germany, in infancy; Margaret, wife of Benjamin K. Currence, of Kirksville, Mo.; Charles died in infancy, in Muscatine; Elizabeth is the wife of George Fortner, of Oskaloosa; George is now living in Des Moines Township; Mary died in in- fancy; John resides in Des Moines Township; Ma- tilda is the wife of Alexander Henry, of Thorn- burg, Iowa; Sidney is at home; Eltan, the wife of Frank Hall, died in August, 1880, and her husband in January, 1884; Thomas F. lives at home. The grandchild of Mr. Schultz, Edna E. Fall, has been adopted by him and resides on the homestead. Mrs. Schultz died Oct. 26, 1879, aged sixty years. Mr. Shultz came to America in 1848, and landed at New Orleans. The trip across the ocean was made in the German ship, Louisa, and on account of very severe storms they were forty-seven days making the passage. They were fourteen days in the North Sea, a trip usually made in three days. After lauding at New Orleans they traveled by steamboat up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, and lived there until 1850, engaged in the business of quarrying stone, He had an attack of cholera in that city, in June, 1849,. which lasted one week and a half. His physician advised him to go to a cooler climate for his health, so he went to Muscatine, Iowa, and bought fifty-two acres of land lying be- tween Muscatine and Davenport, and eight miles from the former place. Here he lived for five years, or until 1855; when he came to this county, settling on section 33 of this township, where he owns 208 acres of land, all of which is in a high state of cultivation and well improved. Father Schultz commenced life a poor boy, and reached his present financial condition by hard work, good management and economy. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, with which his wife was also connected. He is a member of the Subordinate Lodge and Encampment, I. O. O. F., organized the lodge of that order at Beacon, and served it as Noble Grand; he has also been Super- visor of his township one term. He is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, and is a success- ful farmer. There is, perhaps, no man in the county better known or more respected than Uncle John Schultz. He is the very soul of honor, his home is one of hospitality and good cheer, and he now looks back over a life of toil, having gained a competence with supreme satisfaction, and with the reflection, that friends he has many and enemies none.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy