"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Schultz, Herman F. a well known railway man of Tomahawk, who though now an invalid has not entirely given up work, was born in Germany, Jan. 1, 1869, son of Carl and Charlotte (MANTHEY) SCHULTZ. He was about four years old when he accompanied his parents to America and for three years subsequently he lived with them on their farm in Portage County, Wisconsin, the family later moving to a farm in Columbia County, where he spent a number of years. After that they moved to Tomahawk, where the mother died Feb. 18, 1903, and the father Nov. 24, 1906. They had been married in Germany, where for 20 years Carl SCHULTZ had been coachman for a millionaire. The children they brought to America with them were: Amelia, now Mrs. William BLANK of Sparta, Wis.; Herman F., subject of this sketch; and Reinhold E., of whom separate mention is made in this volume. Later they had two children born in Wisconsin: Emma, who is Mrs. John PETERSON of Adams, Wis., and Albert J. of Tomahawk. Herman F. SCHULTZ in his boyhood attended rural school, and also for one winter the public school in Portage. At the age of 15 he entered the employ of the C. M. & St. P. Railway Co. as section hand at Lewiston, and during the year he spent there he learned telegraphy at the Lewiston staton, subsequently working at various points as supply. On July 22, 1884 he was placed at Arlington station as operator, and after two years' service there was made night operator at Tomahk, Wis., where he remained until October 16, 1887. He was then transferred to Tomahawk as operator. In May, 1888, owing to the sickness of C. H. SANBORN, agent at Tomahawk he was placed in the latter's position, in which he served for two years. Mr. SANBORN dying in Colorado, Adelbert C. CARTER was made agent at Tomahawk and Mr. SCHULTZ returned to his former duties as operator, serving in that position under Mr. CARTER and also under Riley S. DICKENS, the latter's successor. In 1899 he was transferred to Babcock, where he remained for a time, but was subsequently returned to Tomahawk and made local agent, serving as such until 1913, when, owing to disability caused by illness he had to give up that position and resume the duties of operator. As such he worked steadily up to 1918 and still holds the right of position, being employed whenever able to work. His malady is locomotor ataxia, which so far has not affected his general health to any perceptible extent, and in summer he goes about in a wheel chair. For the last 26 years he has resided at the family home of his brother Reinhold. Mr. SCHULTZ belongs to the order of Railway Telegraphers and is affiliated religiously with the German Lutheran Congreation. He is part owner of 160 acres of cut-over land adjoining Tomahawk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 757-758, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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