Source: The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois
Originally published 1896, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin, Tampico Area Historical Society
Gustav SHULTZ. As a representative of the agricultural class, and one who has met with good success in his independent calling, we take pleasure in giving a brief sketch of the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this notice. He has now, however, laid asided business cares, and is living a retired life in Princeton, Illinois.
The birth of our subject occurred in Prussia, Germany, January 27, 1830, and his is a son of Peter and Mary (GURTZ) SHULTZ. In that country the father carried on the occupation of farming, and there died in 1853, at the age of sixty-four years. The mother later came to the United States, and her death occurred in Iowa, in 1864, at the age of seventy-six years. Both were members of the Lutheran church. Eight children were born to this worthy couple, namely: Joseph, wedded Mary PEEL, who died in 1891, at the age of sixty-two years, and he died in 1885, in Iowa, at the age of sixty-six; Christopher, who died in Iowa, in 1894, at the age of seventy-two years, left a wife who bore the maiden name of Mary RAHBARG, and is still a resident of that state; Henrietta, wife of John AHRENS, makes her home on a farm in Iowa; Carl, who married Minnie BURNS, is a retired farmer of Welcome, Iowa, near which place the family all reside; Caroliine is the wife of Carl LAPP, and is still a resident of Germany; Gustav is next in order of birth; Henry married Mary RAHBERG, and lives on a farm in Poweshiek county, Iowa.
In 1854, with his brother Charles, Gustav SHULTZ embarked on a vessel bound for the new world, and on their arrival located at Princeton, Illinois. On the 6th of August, of the same year, he wedded Miss Mary HECHTNER, daughter of Godfred and Mary (KENT) HECHTNER, who came from the fatherland on the same vessel with our subject, being five weeks upon the Atlantic, during which time they encountered several storms, but it was considered a quick passage. Mr. SHULTZ was first employed in a shoe shop, later in a brick yard, and then rented land. In 1858 he went to Iowa, but five years later returned to Bureau county, where he remained for three years and then went to Muscatine county, Iowa, there spending the three following years. On selling out there, he purchased a half section of land on Central prairie, Bureau township, sections 22 and 25, which he contnued to cultivate and improve until coming to Priniceton, in 1893, when he sold the same to h is children.
The parents of Mrs. SHULTZ located upon a farm near Princeton, where the father died June 24, 1873, at the age of seventy-three years, and the mother departed this life while on a visit to a couple of daughters in Sterling, Illinois, December 6, 1862, at the age of fifty-seven. In their family were six children, all born in Prussia. Fred, married Sophia RANGE, and both are now deceased, his death having occurred December 14, 1890, at the age of sixty-five years, and his wife's in 1896, at the age of sity Mary, the wife of our subject, who was next in order of birth, and was brn August 24, 1831; Henrietta is the wife of Fred WERTH, of Davenport, Iowa; JOhn is the fourth of the family; Lizzie is the wife of Gotlieb HESSLER, of Nebraska; Sophia is the wife of Fred DEITRICH, an agriculturist of Iowa.
Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. SHULTZ - Fred, died at the age of six months, and Mary at the age of fourteen months, and their remains were interred in Knox cemetery, Illinois; Fred, the second of that name, married Mattie LEMPKE, by whom he has eight children 0 Gustav, Fred, Emma, Willie, Julius, Carl, Henry and Freda; the family reside upon the old homestead farm in Bureau township; Henrietta is the wife of John C. BECKER, a farmer of the same county; they had six children - Fred; Mary, who died at the age of eight years and a half; Johnnie, Lizzie, Minnie, and Frankie.
While residing on his farm, Mr. SHULTZ served as school trustee for several years and in politics is independent, voting for the best man regardless of party ties. He and his family are all worthy members of the Lutheran church, and are highly esteemed and honored citizens of Bureau county. He was ever one of the best of farmers, , enterprising, wide-awake and of the strictest integrity, and is now enjoying a well-earned rest among his many friends.