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Source:  History of the Counties of Rock and Pipestone, Minnesota
  By Arthur P. Rose.
Northern History Puslishing Company, Luverne, MN. 1911.
Page 615. Rock County Biographies.
Henry Schellhouse (1900), who is the owner and farmer of 240 acres of Martin township's productive soil, is a German by birth, his nativity occurring January 5, 1857, in the province of Hessen Kausel. His father, John Schellhouse, a large farmer in the old country, died when Henry was a boy of fourteen, and his mother, Anna Elizabeth (Strube) Schellhouse, passed away three years before.

Until a young man of twenty-four, Henry Schellhouse's life was spent in the fatherland, and for most of that time he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. Coming to America in 1881, he lived for seven years in Benton county, Iowa. For the first two years he worked out, then rented land and farmed for himself. O'Brien county, Iowa, was the scene of his labors for the next eleven years. While there he invested in eighty acres of wild land, which he improved and farmed for a considerable length of time. His residence in Rock county dates from 1900. That year he bought his present farm, the southwest quarter of section 26, Martin township. His other property has been acquired since. He raises quite a bit of stock and engages to a great extent in dairying. In 1909 he was elected one of the directors of school district No. 40. He is a member of the Evangelical church of Steen.

Mr. Schellhouse was married January 7, 1885, in Benton county, Iowa, to Mary Tilcher, born in Germany, September 3, 1863. She came to this country with her parents when a child three years of age. Her family first located in Illinois but later moved to Benton county, Iowa. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Schellhouse: Edward, born October 14, 1886; Charles, born January 10, 1888; John born March 20, 1890; William, born September 4, 1892; Clara, born October 29, 1895; Harry, born June 22, 1898; Albert, born November 2, 1903.

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