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Martin Schultz

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Page 378

Martin Schultz is the foreman of the Sheboygan Lime Works, which are located about one mile from the city limits. In 1854 the plant was established 'under the supervision of Henry Roth, with an invested capital of about $3,000. It is now an incorporated institution, embracing a capital of about $40,000. Mrs. Roth is President, and our subject is Superintendent and a Director. The number of hands employed is usually twenty-five, and the output is about thirty thousand barrels annually. Our subject is a gentleman who is well and favorably known in the commercial circles of Sheboygan County, and, being a careful and honorable man, has won the confidence of all who have dealings with him. He has been personally connected with the lime works since 1877, and is recognized as a man of superior business ability.

The birth of Mr. Schultz occurred in Prussia on the 31st of March, 1841. He is the youngest of three children born to Christian Schultz. He acquired his education in his native land, and is proficient in both the German and English languages, the latter of which he has acquired since coming to the United States. He was about nineteen years of age when he set sail with his parents from Hamburg, his destination being New York City. He was fifty-six days on the ocean, for the vessel was becalmed for a long time, and no headway could be made. He came immediately to Sheboygan County, taking the route through Canada to Detroit, and thence by way of the Lakes to Milwaukee.

The year 1860 witnessed the arrival of Mr. Schultz in Sheboygan, which was then a small village. He commenced life for himself at the bottom round of the ladder, working for $5 and $7 per month at farm labor. He spent nine years in the copper mines of northern Michigan, and by strict economy and frugality managed to lay aside a considerable sum, the nucleus of his present fortune.

The marriage of our subject was celebrated in 1866, Miss Bertha Kanetz becoming his wife. She is a native of Germany, and a lady of good education, being versed in both the English and German languages. To them were born nine children, five of whom are living, namely: Lizzie, Herman, Oscar, Alma and Arthur.

For about four years Mr. Schultz has owned a large saloon and store at the Calumet Plank, and his business there is a paying one. The building is a beautiful frame structure, erected at a cost of $2,500, and situated on five acres of land, which is valued at $1,000 per acre. Mr. Schultz bears a good reputation in business circles as a man of his word, and is known to be upright and honorable in his business dealings.

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