Obit: Schultz, Henry (1851 - 1923)

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Surnames: Schultz, Huntley, Bradbury, Brandt, Rurge, Guse

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 05/10/1923

Schultz, Henry (12 Aug. 1851 - 3 May 1923)


Thursday forenoon at 11:15 Henry Schultz was struck by a freight train at the crossing near Bruley’s Elevator, and received injuries from which he died three hours later. Mr. Schultz, who made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Grover Huntley on the North Side, had been over town to get the mail as was his custom each day and was on his way home when the train struck him. Mr. Schultz was very deaf and did not hear the train approaching, and as he himself stated before he died, he was looking in the opposite direction. The train was moving very slowly, being slowed down to take the side track to let the passenger train which followed in a few minutes, go past. Its momentum, however, was sufficient to throw Mr. Schultz forward to about the middle of the street and there the pilot of the engine again caught him and rolled him forward for more than 20 feet before the engine passed over him. One foot was cut off and the thigh of the same leg crushed, and the other leg badly crushed. The train was brought to a stop within a few minutes Drs. Frank and Bradbury and Mrs. Schultz’s son-in-law, Grover Huntley were at his side. He remained fully conscious, recognizing Mr. Huntley at once. Apparently Mr. Schultz felt that his injuries were fatal, as he drew Mr. Huntley down close to him and thanked him for making so good a home for him and asked to have his daughter, Mrs. Huntley, brought at once; she arrived within a few moments and was fully recognized and most affectionately greeted by the dying man, who tried to whisper his appreciation of what she had done for him and asked her not to worry. The physicians and relatives felt certain that Mr. Schultz had not long to live and that it would be best not to take him on the train to the hospital. A stretcher was procured within a few minutes and a group of bystanders carried Mr. Schultz to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Huntley, where he was made as comfortable as possible by the physicians. He still remained conscious and called for his little granddaughter, Marion Huntley, who had always been a great favorite with him. Later he called for Rev. H. Brandt, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, who came at once to give the dying man the consolation of his prayers. About 1:30 p.m. he became unconscious and at 2:15 he passed away.

Henry Schultz was born in Buffalo, New York, Aug. 12, 1851, being the son of Philip and Barbara Schultz, and died at Neillsville, May 3, 1923. He came to Wisconsin in 1855 with his parents, who settled in Dodge County. There he grew to manhood and in 1885 was married to Anna Rurge. They moved to Clark County in 1900 and bought a farm in the town of York, which they carried on till 1910 when they moved to Neillsville. Mrs. Schultz died in 1915, and since then Mr. Schultz made his home with his daughter, Mrs. G. C. Huntley. Mr. Schultz was an excellent farmer, being not only industrious and thrifty, but also very intelligent in his farm management, using the best modern methods and getting good results from his work. He was honest and upright in all his dealings, and had the confidence and respect of all who knew him. For several years past he was seriously handicapped from visiting with his friends and neighbors because of deafness, but he was fond of reading, and in that way kept himself well informed. His lack of communication with neighbors was in a measure made up by the care and kindness of his daughter in her home and the companionship of his little granddaughter. His death came as a shock not only to his family, but as well to this entire community.

He leaves one son, Walter, one daughter, Ella, Mrs. G. C. Huntley, a little granddaughter, Marion; also two brothers, George Schultz of Dells Dam and Martin L. Schultz of San Diego, California; and one sister, Mrs. Louisa Guse of Mayville, Wis.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rev. H. Brandt officiating.



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