Kansas History and Heritage Project- Marshall County

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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