a family picnic was held for all the farmers in the threshing ring. There was always homemade ice cream with everyone taking a turn at cranking the ice cream container.

In 1936 Joe bought an implement business in Conrad, IA and the family lived there until 1937. Then Joe and Mae moved to Ossian and Joe worked for the Nicholson Implement.

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Mae and Joe Schultz

In 1938 they bought the Neuenswander property in Castalia. The first story of the Castalia Town Hall was removed and moved to the Schultz property. Joe sold Allis Chalmers farm equipment in the old town hall. The second story of the Town Hall was lowered and used as a city hall. Joe also had a fleet of trucks that hauled livestock to the larger markets. Joe and Mae were active members of the United Brethren Church in Castalia and helped as carpenters with many projects at the church.

In 1942 Joe, Mae and their family joined other families in Yuma, AZ to build runways for the Army Air Base there. Joe and Mae moved to Arizona in 1945. In 1947 Joe built a garage in Yuma and operated a Cadillac and Chrysler dealership. After their retirement Joe and Mae built a house in Decorah and spent summers there.

Joe and Mae were the parents of three children: Ardith Mae, Wesley and Lorna. Ardith was married on 2 Sep 1942 to Verne Koenig (b. 1 Oct 1921). They are the parents of: Bonnie, Gary, Jody and Kelly. Wesley was married on 27 Oct 1947 to Jean Finnegan. They are the parents of: Katherine, Kevin, Martha (deceased), Mark, John, Janet and Larry (deceased). Lorna was married on 19 Feb 1950 to Jess Mooneyham. They are the parents of Kristi and Cody.

Mae died 4 Apr 1976 and Joe died 5 Sep 1983. They are buried in Pleasant View Cemetery near Castalia.

Schultz, Roy and Genevieve (Bachelder)

(Gwenn R. Koenig)

Roy Schultz was born 16 Feb 1913 at the home of his parents, Henry Schultz, Sr. and Alvina (Warnholtz) Schultz. The house was on a farm located in Section 10, Bloomfield Twp, approximately 3 miles northeast of Castalia, IA. Roy was the youngest of 8 children. His siblings (in descending order) were: Louis, (died as an infant), George, Joe, Mabel (Schmidt), Henry Jr., Elmer and Elsie (Kneeskern). He attended a rural school near his home through the eighth grade. He then attended two years of high school in Castalia, and after attending his final two years of high school in Postville, he graduated in 1931. After graduation from high school, Roy joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He was in the corps for about two years. Part of the time he worked on the construction of trails in Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor, IA. Roy spent the winter of 1934-35 and 1935-36 in California with three buddies from the CCC. On 8 Jun 1937 he married Genevieve Evelyn Bachelder. Genevieve was born 10 Apr 1915. She was the daughter of George Washington “Ward” Bachelder and Mary Jane “Mamie” (Hunter) Rathbun Bachelder. Genevieve was the youngest of four children: Ralph Rathbun (half-brother); Helen (Rathbun) West (half-sister); and Harry L. Bachelder (full brother). Genevieve attended grade school and the first two years of high school in the Castalia Community school system. Her final two years of high school, she spent in Postville where she graduated in 1933. After graduation, Genevieve spent a summer in “normal training” and taught in rural schools near Castalia for four years.

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Roy and Genevieve Schultz

Roy and Genevieve tenant farmed on three different farms near Castalia during the early years of their marriage. In Dec 1942, they purchased a farm two miles northeast of Castalia that was to be their permanent home for the next 27 years. During one of his trips to California, Roy met and became friends with Art Hamilton, an early pioneer in the breeding and raising of domestic turkeys. Art sent Roy a gift of 100 baby turkeys in the spring of 1939 and for the next 30 years Roy and Genevieve operated a turkey farm.

Roy and Genevieve were the parents of three children: Sally; Jim; and Alan.


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