Transcribed by Pamela Wagler from: Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa: Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-day and Also of the Past, Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905.


Henry Schultz, a highly respected farmer of Flint River township, where he has made his home for almost thirty years, is now living on Section 14, where he has eighty acres of land that he has brought to a high state of cultivation. He was born near Machtenburg, Prussia, Germany, Aug. 28, 1827. His parents were also natives of that country, where they spent their entire lives. The son was reared to the occupation of farming, attended the home school until about seventeen or eighteen years of age, and then entered the German army, serving for several months.

In 1850 Mr. Schultz was united in marriage, in the Fatherland, to Miss Marie Pekern, also a native of Germany, where she lived until after her marriage. Her parents both died in that country during her early girlhood. In the year 1866 Mr. Schultz came with his family to the United States, settling first in New York, where he remained for two years, being employed in a sugar refinery. He then came to Des Moines county, Iowa, and spent several years in Burlington, where he was engaged in work in the brick-yard, and also at the gas-factory for about eight years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Flint River township, and purchased his present farm of eighty acres on Section 14. He has put all of the improvements on this property, and has fair buildings here. His attention has been given to general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, and his fields are well tilled. Nearly all the land was in its primitive condition when he took up the work of clearing it, but today he has most of it under cultivation.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Schultz have been born ten children, of whom six are now living; Mary, the wife of Christ Easman, of Burlington; Anna, wife of Conrad Elbrader, of Kansas; Minnie, at home; Henry, who is living in Burlington, and married Emma Rieke; Christ and Gustave, both at home. Those who have departed this life are: Henry, Amelia, Louisa, and Charlie. The children attended the public schools, and the younger sons assist in the operation of the home farm at the present time.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Schultz hold membership in the Baptist church, while his political allegiance is given to the Republican party. He has been without political aspiration, preferring to give his attention to his business interests, and his success has been won, step by step, through his personal efforts, energy, and enterprise; while the regard in which he is uniformly held by his friends is also accredited to his manly action in performing the daily duties of life.

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