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August Schultz


A life of hard and unremitting labor, guided at all times by a great determination and persistency of purpose has brought August Schultz to a position of prominence among the men who, for the past twenty years, have made substantial contributions to the agricultural development and progress of Allamakee county. At eight years of age he was a hired laborer in his native country, Germany-- and his childhood was filled with hardships and privations, while later his life was filled with hard work and industrious striving after the success which he enjoys today. He owns two hundred acres of land near Postville which by his practical and modern methods of development he has made a valuable and productive property worthy of comparison with the finest farms in the section of the state.

Mr. Schultz was born in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, on the 28th of August, 1867, a son of Deitrich Schultz, who for many years was employed on a trading vessel on the river Elbe. He served his term of enlistment in the German army and never left his native country.

At the early age of eight years August Schultz was hired out as a farm laborer, spending his summers at this work and attending school during the winter months. This continued until 1884 and, during that period, he became a practical and able farmer, learning the best agricultural methods and all the details of farm operation. In July, 1884 he left Germany and came to America, settling immediately in the vicinity of Postville, Iowa, where he secured employment as a farm hand and being ignorant of the English language, he spent two winters in school in order to acquire it. During all of this time he saved money and by frugality and economy, accumulated enough to buy land. He purchased ninety acres in Post township, to which he later added forty acres, carrying forward its cultivation along modern and progressive lines until it was one of the finest farms in that locality. He sold that property in 1911 and bought his present farm of two hundred acres, a mile north of Postville, and this he has also substantially improved, erecting new buildings and installing the necessary farm equipment. Mr. Schultz is a practical farmer, having learned the details of farm operation through many years of hard work in the fields and the results are evident in the excellent condition of his property today. He is a large shareholder in the Cooperative Creamery Company and the Cooperative Mercantile Association of Postville and is known in the town and the vicinity as a reliable, resourceful and far-sighted business man.

On the 25th of December, 1895, Mr. Schultz was united in marriage to Miss Dora Schultz, who although she bore the same name, is no relative. She was born in Grand Meadows township, Clayton county, near Postville, August 14, 1877, and is a daughter of William and Rieke (Moll) Schultz, natives of Germany. The parents came to America in 1870, locating first in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, where the father engaged in railroad work. They moved later to Alabama and then to Iowa, settling in this state about the year 1873. After several years of railroad work, William Schultz purchased a small farm in Clayton county, and from that time to the present has engaged in agricultural pursuits, success steadily attending his well directed labors. He and his wife became the parents of seven children, of whom the wife of the subject of this review is the second in the order of birth. Mr. And Mrs. August Schultz have nine children: Velma, who was born March 13, 1897; Bertha, April 8, 1898; Lawrence September 2, 1900; Roy, May 1, 1902; Milda, April 14, 1903; Elmer, December 1, 1905; Harry, July 2 1908, Kenneth, July 1,1910, and Gertrude, February 28, 1912.

Mr. Schultz is a member of the Lutheran church and fraternally is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. He gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. A resident of this locality for more than a quarter of a century, his many sterling qualities of mind and character have become widely known here and his honorable and upright life has commanded the respect and confidence of all with whom he has had business or social relations.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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