The fertile farm lands of Sheboygan county, the rich fields and the productive dairies are one of the most prominent sources of the wealth and progress of that section of the country. The farms which are now planted to wheat, corn and other grains, and which stretch out in all directions over a prosperous country, have been wrested from a wilderness by the sturdy pioneers who cleared the timber and spent their lives in preparing the land for cultivation.
Gustave A. Schulz is a prominent example of the rewards which come to the intelligent farmer. He was born on March 9, 1862, a son of John M. Schulz, a native of Wurttemberg, Germany, and of Christina (Gabel) Schulz, who was born in Bavaria, that country. The former was born on May 28, 1819, and the latter on May 4, 1824. The father of the subject of this sketch came to the United States in 1848 and in New York pursued his trade of clothes brush manufacturing until he had acquired a small amount of money. He then came to the town of Sherman, Wisconsin, which was then called Abbott, and bought land just adjoining the town.
Christina Gabel, the mother of our subject, left Bavaria when she was still a young girl, coming to the United States with an uncle of Gustave Schulz. She was married in the town of Sherman, some years after her arrival in America, and upon her death, August 7, 1885, left nine children: Mary, the wife of Samuel Rothlisberger, of Worthington, Minnesota; Henry, of Unity, Wisconsin; Edward C., a farmer at Packwaukee Wisconsin; Wesley G., now living in South Dakota; Emma, who married Edward Fricker, of Milwaukee; Lena, the wife of Herman Yunge, a native of this county; Gustave A., of this sketch; William J., deceased; and Carrie, the wife of John Noble, of Milwaukee. Another child, Anna, passed away in infancy.
Gustave A. Schulz was born in Sherman, Wisconsin, and was educated in the public schools of the district. His school life was interrupted for two winters when he worked in the woods and in a wagon shop, resuming his education in the district schools.
He rented the farm upon which the family was then living for five years, working at various occupations during this time until he was able to save a sum of money sufficient to buy the homestead. He acquired by purchase at this time the family residence and one hundred and thirty-five acres of land surrounding it. Year by year he added to the buildings upon the tract, erecting many fine barns and out-structures and progressing in this line of activity until he was one of the most prominent farmers of the county.
In 1898 he built the present fine home in which he lives, making it modern and luxurious in every detail. He is the proprietor of one of the model farms of Sherman township and his equipment has been kept up-to-date and thoroughly new by frequent additions during the years. He makes a specialty of dairying, keeping about twenty five cows of whom six are registered and the remainder of his stock, which is very large, is kept up to a very high grade.
At one time in his career Gustave A. Schulz purchased and operated a farm of three hundred and twenty acres in North Dakota but has since sold it and devotes his entire time and attention to the home place. Mr. Schulz is also a stockholder and director of the Adel State Bank. He has been prominent for many years in republican politics of his district, in which line of activity his progressive ideas have gained for him a local reputation and have been rewarded by several public offices. He served in the capacity of supervisor of the school board, in which he did efficient and promiment work. He was town treasurer for a number of years and committeeman at several republican conventions, serving as treasurer of the republican county progressive committee for some time.
On October 7, 1887, Mr. Schulz married Miss Anna M. Hammen, a daughter of Phillip Hammen, a native of Germany. To Mr. and Mrs. Schulz were born eight children, of whom two died in infancy. The rest are living with their parents on the home farm and are as follows: Carmen, born August 20, 1890; Lawrence, born December 12, 1892; Minerva, born March 8, 1896; Chester, born June 12, 1898; Mabel, born February 16, 1904; and Kermit, born January 25, 1910.
Gustave Schulz and wife are members of the Evangelical Associated church of Batavia and he is a trustee of the church and of the church building for this district. Fraternally he is prominent in the Modern Woodmen camp. He is thoroughly versed in all the many details of the occupation of farming and takes a great pride in keeping his model farm and his splendid dairy in an up-to-date condition. He is a prominent citizen of his district where he is esteemed and honored for the many qualities of mind and heart which have made him in the course of his career a successful and prosperous man.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL