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 Co., 1904.
WILLIAM SCHULZ, one of the responsible
and influential citizens of Reardan, Lincoln county, was born in Germany,
May 26, 1861, the son of August and Caroline (Otto) Schulz. During
one period of the father's life he was a mail carrier, and subsequently
a soldier, participating in the war with Austria in 1864-6. He died
at the age of forty-six. The mother is still living in Germany.
William, our subject, attended public school
in Germany and then worked four years for a farmer and for two years subsequently
he was a teamster. He arrived in New York city, May 1, 1885, and
at once came to Stearns county, Minnesota, engaging in farming three years.
In 1888 he came to Wasington, locating in Lincoln county, where now stands
the town of Reardan. For a year he continued working for others on
a farm, and then he purchased one hundred and sixty acres or railroad land
for six hundred dollars near the future site of Reardan. Subsequently
he added one hundred and twenty acres more, and now has a fine grain farm
and meadow land, besides handling on lease one-half section of school land.
His residence is a modern eight-room house surrounded with excellent outbuildings
and a small orchard. There is, also, on the place another substantial
house for tenants.
Mr. Schulz began raising wheat in 1889, and
in 1895 he engaged in the business of dairying. At present he has
twenty head of milch cows and is the only dairyman supplying the town of
Our subject is the oldest of a family of six.
A brother, Herman, lives three and one-half miles east of Reardan, but
the rest of the children are in Germany. The father died when William
was but fourteen years of age, and throughout his life he has contributed
liberally to the support of the mother.
July 19, 1890, our subject was married to
Bertha Tramm, a native of Wisconsin. They are the parents of four
children, Mary, aged thirteen, Martha, aged twelve, Emma, aged six, and
Hugo, two years old. The parents are members of the Evangelical church.
Although coming to Lincoln county with but small means, Mr. Schulz has
by industry and natural business ability, accumulated a competence and
gained the respect of the entire community in which he resides. He
manifests a patriotic interest in politics. Mr. Schulz is quite enthusiastic
in his praise of the Big Bend country.