Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
GEORGE SHULTZ is one of the leading
and most prosperous farmers of Douglas county, as is evidenced by his achievements
and his holdings. His farm of nearly one quarter section lies about
one mile northwest from Waterville and is a model in every respect.
It is laid out wisely, cultivated skilfully and is a very valuable estate.
A good large residence of modern design, commodious and substantial barn,
good fences, orchards and so forth embellish and beautify the place so
that Mr. Schultz's rural abode is one of the choicest to be found.
George Shultz was born near Elgin, Illinois,
on April 21, 1840, the son of Barney and Betsey (Martel) Shultz, both natives
of Pennsylvania. The father fought under Captain Drake in the War
of 1812. Our subject was educated in the common schools of Columbia county,
Wisconsin and began life for himself at the age of sixteen. He did
farming for fifteen years and in 1879, moved to Nebraska, settling in Burt
county. He bought one hundred and sixty acres of land at five dollars
per acre and twenty-three years later, 1901, he sold the place for sixty
dollars per acre. At that time, he moved to Douglas county and bought
three quarter sections where he now lives. It was formerly known
as the Murray farm. In addition to general farming and fruit raising,
he raises stock and has some Shorthorn cattle, among which are some very
Mr. Shultz has the following brothers and
sisters, William, Mrs. Harriett Hammond, Mrs. Olive Hidden and Mrs. Sarah
At Charles City, Iowa, on August 29, 1873,
Mr. Shultz married Miss Mary E., daughter of Thomas and Julia (Rapp) Warner,
natives of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, respectively. Mrs. Shultz
was born on December 10, 1853, in Wisconsin, and has the following half
brothers and sisters, her mother having married Mr. Andrew McFarland, Andrew
and Peter, twins, Albert, Charles, William, Levi, and Martha. To
Mr. and Mrs. Shultz have been born the following children: Emma R., wife
of Ira C. Richards, living in Chelan county; George R., Maude M.; Louisa
A.; Authur R., and Norman F.; all living at home.
Politically, Mr. Shultz is independent and
always selects his own man. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and
the M. W. A. He was raised under the Presbyterian church but does
not adhere to any denomination at the present time. Mr. Shultz is
one of those progressive and thrifty men, who always provide the best of
everything for their use and his farm is supplied with the finest machinery
and equipments that can be bought.