Marshall County Biographies
It is well to note the elements of success in the lives of representative
citizens of any country, and especially of those who had to do with the early
history and the future growth and prosperity of their home community.
Among these representative men of Elm Creek township, Marshall county,
is Henry Schulte, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on November 25,
1857, and is the son of Arnold and Elizabeth (Dwelkotte) Schulte. These
parents were also natives of Germany and there they spent their lives; the
father died in 1906 at the age of ninety-three years, and the mother died in
1878 at the age of forty-three years. They were the parents of ten children,
five of whom are now living, Henry being the fifth born. Arnold Schulte
was a successful farmer as was his father, Arnold Schulte, before him. Mr.
and Mrs. Schulte were devout members of the Catholic church and were
highly respected in the community in which they lived.
Henry Schulte was educated in the schools of his native land and there
he grew to manhood. At the age of sixteen years, in 1874, he decided to
seek his fortune in America. On his arrival in the United States he located
at Cincinnati, Ohio, and worked in that vicinity for eight years as a farm
hand. He then purchased a dairy, which he operated until 1883, when he
sold the business and came to Kansas. He purchased one hundred and sixty
acres of land in Elm Creek township and engaged in general farming. There
was an old house on the place, in which he lived for some years. He had
gone in debt for his farm, and was determined to make good. Being a hard
worker and possessed of excellent business judgment, he was on the way to
success. In 1893 he built a splendid seven-room brick house and in 1912 a
large and modern barn. The latter structure is conveniently arranged for
feeding and has a hay mow that will hold over sixty tons of hay. In 1916
he built a large barn for the housing of his stock. This building is one of
the best of its kind in the community. He takes the greatest interest in the
upkeep of his farm and buildings, and is considered one of the most successful of the general farmers and stockmen in the county. He keeps only
the best of cattle and hogs, and each year he has many fine animals to put
on the market at the highest prices. He has increased his original farm
until he is now the owner of seven hundred acres of most excellent land, the
greater part of which he has in a fine state of development.
In 1883 Mr. Schulte was united in marriage to Tressia Cohorst, who
was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on October 27, 1865. In her native land
she received her educational training and there she continued to live until
she was eighteen years of age, when in 1883, she came to America with her
parents, Fredinald and Fredricka (Wassenberg) Cohorst. The family, on
their arrival in the United States came to Kansas, where the father established a home for his family on a farm in Elm Creek township, Marshall
county, and there he engaged in general farming, with success, until the time
of his death some years ago; the mother is still living in the township. Mr.
and Mrs. Cohorst were always held in the highest regard by the people of
their home township.
To Henry and Tressia Schulte have been born the following children:
Henry, Fredia, Ferd, Joseph, Frank and Aloysius. Henry A. is now a successful young farmer and stockman of Elm Creek township; Fredia is the
wife of Joe Lubeke, who is engaged in farming on Mr. Schulte' s farm in
the township; Ferd is deceased; Joseph, after completing his education entered
the First National Bank of Marysville, and is now the assistant cashier;
Frank is at home and Aloysius is attending Benedict's College at Atchison,
Kansas. Mr, and Mrs. Schulte are active members of the Catholic church
and are among the most prominent and popular residents of the township,
where they are held in high regard and esteem. They have by their genial
personality and consideration for the interests of others, won for themselves
a high place in the estimation of the people of the district. They have ever
taken much interest in the affairs of the community, and have always advocated and
practiced a high standard of living. They have had much to do
with the high standard of social conditions that exist in Elm Creek township, and they have supported those enterprises that would tend to advance
the best interests of the county.
Mr. Schulte is a man of broad views and excellent judgment and ability, and while he has never been a seeker after office, his advice is often
sought on matters that pertain to the public welfare. He is an advocate of
good roads and the best schools. He believes it the duty of all men to use
their best efforts in the selection of the best officials to administer the affairs
of the county and the state. Politically, he is an independent, and has served
his township as trustee and treasurer, and has been road overseer, all of
which positions he has filled with distinction. He gave the same care and
attention to the affairs of the township that he gives to his own business.
He and his wife have a pleasant home and an ideal family. Mr. Schulte is
an active member of the Catholic Men's Benevolent Association, and is devoted to the cause of Christianity and morality.
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