El Dorado County
Charles Schulze, proprietor of the Sierra Nevada Hotel at Coloma, El Dorado County, California, is a native of Germany, born of German parents, July 30, 1852. At the age of seventeen he immigrated to this country. After spending a month visiting his relatives in Pennsylvania, he came west to San Francisco, where he went to work to make his fortune. He had learned the trade of blacksmith from his father in the old country and upon his arrival in San Francisco found employment at his trade, receiving at first ten dollars per week and later having his wages increased. He spent two years in San Francisco and then he went to the quicksilver mines, where for two years he worked at his trade for the Manhattan Company. His next business venture was in the hotel business in Sausalito, after which he was variously occupied at different places, at one time conducting a saloon in San Francisco, at another time residing in Reno, Nevada, and for two years he worked at his trade in Bodie. Then seeking a warmer climate he went to Mexico and was there thirteen months. California, however, had its attractions for him and at the end of that time he returned to San Francisco, where he suffered from a severe illness.
Upon his recovery Mr. Schulze went to Sierra City, where he worked at his trade two years and thence came to Coloma. In addition to the Sierra Nevada Hotel at Coloma, Mr. Schulze has a resort in the mountains called “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” situated half way between Coloma and Lake Tahoe, beautiful for location and in many ways attractive, commanding a delightful view and affording fine fishing. This resort is frequented by many people from Sacramento and from all parts of the surrounding country.
In Coloma Mr. Schulze was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Armdesholden, who has a son Arnold, by her former husband. Mr. Schulze also had been previously married. His first wife, who was Mrs. A. Florire, he wedded in Sausalito. By their union there were two children, one of whom is now living, Miss Daisy, who is her father’s secretary.
For thirteen years Mr. Schulze has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has filled all the chairs in both branches of the order and has represented his lodge in the grand lodge of the state, and he and his family are identified with both the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rebekah degree lodge. He is also an active member of the Masonic order, in which he has served officially, and is a member of several clubs. Being an intelligent, enterprising, up-to-date businessman, his membership is valued in all these organizations. Politically he is a Democrat, not, however, taking an active part in political matters.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.