Many years have passed since the family to which this well known citizen belongs became identified with the interests of Sacramento county. Its members have taken an active and prominent part in the development of this section of the state, in many ways promoting its progress and advancement, and the reputation is in no way diminished in this generation, for our subject, who is numbered among the leading agriculturists of Sacramento county, displays in a marked degree the admirable characteristics which the name implies.

The birth of William M. Schulze occurred on the 13th of January, 1864, his parents being William J. and Louisa Schulze, who were natives of Germany, the former being now deceased, but the latter survives and resides near Oak Park. When a youth the father came to America with his parents, the family locating in the middle west, where he grew to years of maturity, and late in the '50s he came to California via the isthmus route. After his arrival in Sacramento county he was engaged for a time in blacksmithing at Richland, on the Sacramento river, continuing in this vocation until the winter of the memorable flood, which occurred early in the '60s, when he removed to Sheldon and resumed the blacksmithing trade. Later, however, he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, owning and operating a farm near Sheldon, which continued his home until his life labors were ended in death, in 1893. He was truly a self-made man, for without pecuniary advantages at the commencement of life he was obliged to battle energetically and earnestly, but by sheer force of will and untiring effort worked his way steadily upward. He was a Republican in his political affiliations, was a loyal and public-spirited citizen, and was a warm and earnest friend of education and advancement. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Schulze the following survive: William M., whose name introduces this review; Frank, a resident of Sacramento county; John L., who resides near Sheldon, California; Edward G., near Oak Park, this state; Louisa, the wife of Peleg Smith, residing near Florin, California; Minnie, who also makes her home near Oak Park; and Lena, residing near that city.

William M. Schulze is well known to the citizens of Sacramento county as one of its most prominent and influential residents. Here he attained to man's estate, and in its schools received his early educational training, which has been greatly supplemented by extensive reading and observation as the year have passed by. His business career has been devoted to agricultural pursuits, and in addition to his valuable farm, which consists of four hundred acres located near Sheldon, he is the owner of a steam harvesting outfit, valued at six thousand dollars, which he operates during the harvesting season.

Mr. Schulze was united in marriage to Jennie Graves, a native daughter of Sacramento county, and they have become the parents of three children, Wesley E., Lora M. and William P. The Republican party receives Mr. Schulze's active support and cooperation, and his fraternal relations are with Elk Grove Lodge, I. O. O. F.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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