John F. Schutte is the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and fifty-five acres in Mosel township. He has been engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own account since 1899 and his labors have been attended with a measure of success that places him among the prosperous agriculturists of his native country. He was born in Mosel township, February 16, 1875, a son of Henry Schutte, whose birth occurred in Oldenburg, Germany, whence he came to America in early life, arriving in 1848, when about eleven years of age in company with his father Henry Schutte, Sr.
Having arrived at the years of maturity Henry Schutte, Jr:, was married to Caroline Kolb, a daughter of Frederick and Johanna (Wimmler) Kolb, who were farming people. The father came to America from Saxony, Germany, in 1850 when his daughter Caroline was nine years of age. The Kolb home was established in Meeme, Manitowoc county, the family never coming to Sheboygan county. The Schuttes, however, lived at different times in Meeme, Manitowoc county; and Mosel township, Sheboygan county.
Unto Henry and Carolina (Kolb) Schutte were born eleven children of whom eight are yet living: Minnie, who is the widow of Emil Scheibe, who was a brewer of Marshfield, Wisconsin, where Mrs. Scheibe still makes her home; Emma, the wife of Henry Wunsch, who is engaged in the flour and feed business at Sheboygan; Henry, who is married and lives in Milwaukee; Lena, the wife of William Schmitt, a liveryman of Sheboygan; John F.; Otto, a member of the fire department of Sheboygan; Bertha, the wife of Ed Grube, a saloon keeper of Sheboygan; and Richard, who is married and is in the shoe department of the J. & W. Jung store in Sheboygan. Henry Schutte, Jr., the father of our subject, died on June 13, 1905, but the mother is still living.
Brought up on the farm the early training and experiences of John F. Schutte were those which usually fall to the farm land. He pursued his early education in the district schools and afterward continued his studies in the high school at Sheboygan. He then returned to the home farm upon which he has since lived and in 1899 he began farming on his own account, having one hundred and fifty-five acres of land which he has brought under a high state of cultivation. There are good improvements upon the place and the land naturally rich and productive, responds readily to the care and labor which he bestows upon it. He utilizes the latest improved machinery in facilitating the work of the fields and the farm presents a neat and thrifty appearance which indicates his careful supervision and practical methods.
On the 22d of April, 1899, Mr. Schutte was married to Miss Emma Sommer, a daughter of Gotthold Sommer, a native of Germany. Mrs. Schutte was born in the township of Mosel and by her marriage has become the mother of five children: Gordon, Verna, John, Dorothy and Harvey. The parents are members of the Lutheran church and Mr. Schutte gives his political support to the republican party. He has held some local offices, serving both as supervisor and road commissioner. He has also given evidence of his deep interest in the cause of education by his service on the school board. A lifelong resident of Sheboygan county he rejoices in its progress and advancement along all lines contributing to its permanent prosperity and upbuilding. His has been an active and useful life although quietly spent in the pursuits of the farm and the success which is his is well merited.
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