Philip F. Schulz, in addition to conducting a large and finely improved farm in Grant township, is also proprietor of several creameries in different parts of the county, and has more extensive interests in this line than any other man in the county. He is an old-timer of Crawford county, with residence here dating back to the year 1869, when he had not yet reached the age of manhood and had only recently arrived from the old country. He has made a most creditable record in business affairs and matters of citizenship since allying himself with his adopted land, and Crawford county finds in him one of her most able and public-spirited representatives.
Mr. Schulz was born in Germany, April 19, 1850, being a son of George and Margaret Schulz, both natives of Germany. His mother died in Germany in 1867, at the age of thirty-eight, but his father lived to the great age of eighty-one and passed away in Pennsylvania in 1903.
Mr. Schulz received his early eduacation in the schools of his native land, and in the year following his mother's death he came to the United States. He was in Michigan one year, and in 1869 came to Crawford county, Kansas, where he took up a claim. He remained only one year, however, and in 1870 went to Pennsylvania. He was engaged in navigating the Ohio and Mississippi rivers for over two years, and quit as second mate. He was then in the butcher business one year and over, until his brother bought him out. In 1876 he returned to Crawford county and bought his present home in section 12 of Grant township. His farm consist of three hundred and twenty acres of choice soil, and all the excellent improvements, including a large orchard of one thousand trees, are the result of his own individual labor and supervision. In 1896 he embarked in the creamery business, at first in partnership with D. H. Young, whom he bought out in 1899. He now has a creamery on his farm, and also owns and operates through his sons-in-law one at Walnut, one at Greenbush and one at Porterville. Mr. Schulz has very recently erected an ice plant, which can manufacture three tons per day.
Mr. Schulz is an independent Democrat, and served on the school board of his district for thirteen years. He affiliates with Lodge No. 72, A. H. T. A., and he and his family are members of St. Patrick's Catholic church at Walnut. Mr. Schulz was married January 5, 1875, to Miss Dora Bedc, of Germany, and twelve children have been born to them, all of whom are living, as follows: Mary, the wife of S. B. Newell, who operates the creamery at Walnut; Lizzie, the wife of Samuel Little, who runs the creamery at Greenbush; Anna, the wife of Henry Westhoff, who has the creamery at Porterville; Otto, a farmer, who was on a ranch near Oswego, Kansas; Rose, the wife of Phillip Westhoff, who conducts a sawmill; and Frank, Edward, Dora, Theresa, Ernest, Raymond and Lawrence, who are all at home.Pages 339-340 from A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by Seth Kays, student at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, in April, 2003.
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