Schultz, William M. (History - 1882)


Janet Schwarze




WILLIAM M. SCHULTZ, proprietor of Grand View Farm, of eighty acres in Hoard Township, was born near Dorchester, Clark County, March 15, 1882. His parents were Gust and Miltelda (Cupke) Schultz, both natives of Germany, where also they were married, coming to the United States in 1881, and settling on a farm north of Dorchester, this county. The land was wild and their first residence there was a log cabin, in which they lived for several years. Gust Schultz has since developed a good farm and doing a large dairy business, keeping full blooded Holstein cattle. His wife is also living. William M. Schultz lived with and worked for his father until reaching the age of 25 years, at which time he bought his present place. Some timber had been cut off of it but the stumps were not removed. There was a house and some small buildings on the place, but plenty of hard work to be done before it could be developed into a good farm. This work, however, has since been done to a large extent and Mr. Schultz will soon have forty acres of plow land. In 1915 he built a barn 36 by 88 feet in size, with concrete floor, and stalls for twenty-five head of cattle, and which will hold eighty tons of hay. He has also lately built a garage and granary and has other good buildings on the place which have been constructed as needed. He is raising a mixed breed of cattle, milking six cows. His principal crops are hay, oats, barley and corn. During the present year (1917) he expects to increase the number of his milk cows to ten. His work shop, 14 by 22 feet in size, was built in 1908. He has a good motor car, for which he built his garage, and his farm is installed with underground water pipes, supplying house, barn and yard, the buildings being lighted with electricity. He has a fine orchard of apple and plum trees and also raises currants, strawberries and other small fruits successfully. His house is beautifully surrounded with flowers and in the summer time is one of the most beautiful spots in Hoard Township. All the buildings are well protected against lightning, and his dynamo and gas engine save a large amount of manual labor.


Mr. Schultz was married May 10, 1908, to Edith Strawsberger, who was born in Clark County, in July, 1890. Her father, who was a farmer in this county, died in 1904, at the age of 48 years, but her mother is still living and resides with her on the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Schultz have had one child, Walter, born July 2, 1911, who died in infancy.



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