VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT
SRNAMES: REESE, HANSEN, MARTIN,SCHLOFELDT, SWANSON,
Coming to San Martin October 24, 1901, John Schulz located on South
Street in a beautiful grove of live oaks, the land, however, being
uncultivated, so that he had a long, hard task to bring it to its
present state of development. He set out twenty-six acres to a vineyard
in 1902, it being one of the first in this section, and after it came
into bearing the California Wine Association contracted with him for
its yield for ten years. In the early days the grapes brought only
eighteen dollars a ton, and in 1921 the price was $140 per ton. Mr.
Schulz also farmed part of his ranch to hay and grain, and on ten acres
he has harvested as high as thirty-seven and a half tons, an excellent
yield. He has added to his holdings until he now owns ninety-two and a
half acres of choice land near San Martin.
Mr. Schulz was born near Kiel, Germany, the scene of the famous naval
parade in pre-war days, May 16, 1842, being the date of his birth. His
parents were Henry and Catherine (Reese) Schulz, both native of Kiel
and farmers of that vicinity, while the father was a bridge contractor
as well; as the eldest son of their large family, John received a fine
education and started out for himself early in life. He became
prominent in political life and for twelve years served as a government
jurist in his district. Bordesholm was the county seat of his district.
In 1867 there was a severe strain on the small land holder because the
large holder of land had so many more votes according to his acres and
he could defeat measures that gave the small farmer equal rights, and
those who had nothing could not vote at all. Mr. Schulz took up the
fight for equal rights for all and carried it to headquarters of the
government and eventually won out.
When the German government officials noted that this particular
district wanted to be free from this levy tax that was voted by the
rich men, it was granted and the same opportunity was then given the
whole country to take advantage of it, but not another province took it
up. Thirty-seven years later those who rejected that first offer came
to see what advantages were to be gained and made application, but did
not get it. On November 1, 1886, Mr. Schulz married Miss Christina
Hansen, born on the Isle of Fohr on August 22, 1864, the daughter of
George and Flora (Martin) Hansen, and she was reared and educated on
her native isle. Soon after their marriage they came to America, and
journeyed on to Davenport, Iowa, to visit Mr. Schulz's uncle, Detlef
Schlofeldt. Later they located at Pomeroy, Garfield County, Wash.,
where they developed a farm from the virgin soil and remained for
fifteen years, coming from there to San Martin in 1901, which has since
been their home. They have assisted in the development of this section
whenever called upon, having backed every movement for progress.
Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Schulz: Carl is a newspaper
man in San Francisco; Kurt W. is a rancher at San Martin; Elfreda is
the wife of J. A. Swanson and they reside at San Francisco; Herbert
married Miss Elizabeth McFee and they live at Berkeley; Vigo married
Miss Verdie Bradshaw and they make their home at Stockton, and Bruno
lives in Stockton. Walter, the fourth child, died at ten years of age.
All five sons of Mr. Schulz gave their services to their country during
the World War, Vigo and Kurt going overseas, a family to be proud of,
and he also had a long military record before coming to this country,
•serving in 1857, 1864, 1866 and 1870 in his native land. His brother.
Johan Schulz, came to this country many years before him, and fell at
the siege of Vicksburg in 1864, during the Civil War. While living at
Pomeroy Wash., Mr. Schulz received his final citizenship papers, and
since then he has performed his patriotic civic duties under the
leadership of the Republican party. He was one of the organizers of the
San Martin Company that built the winery at San Martin.
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1195
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