Obit: Schultz, Barbara (1844 - 1927)

Transcriber: Stan


----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 06/02/1927

Schultz, Barbara (22 Sep 1844 - May 1927)

Mrs. Barbara Schultz, one of Colby's early pioneers, whose death was chronicled in this paper last week, beloved mother of G. N. Schultz of Dorchester, Clark County, Ella Leffingwell of Chicago, Ill., Louis E. Schultz and Mrs. Clara Werner of Wausau, was laid at rest in the Colby Cemetery last Thursday.

Barbara Sturner was born in Wurtenburg, Germany, Sept. 22, 1844. At the age of eleven, she, with her family, imbued with love of adventure, left the land of their birth, and, after two weeks of life on the storm driven ocean, viewed with delight the land of their future adoption. Their choice led to Dodge Co., Wis., where the family settled, and at this place, Miss Barbara was subsequently married to John Schultz, after which the young couple left Dodge Co. to build their future home at Dubuque, Iowa. In 1878, scenting adventure in the tales of the north, they again decided to change, immigrating to Colby, Wis., which was then a dense forest, settling on a farm one mile north of the station, on what is now known as Wiedenhoeft Park.

Many a weary traveler, wading the marshes of early spring, or snows of the cold mid-winter, usually on their way for provisions, found rest in the neat log cabin the Schultz family called home, for they were always given a glad welcome by the loving Christian wife and mother. She was a woman of quiet refinement, being exceptionally fond of good books, which she taught her children to guard sacredly as their dearest friends. She was a charter member of the Lutheran Church of Colby, and an ardent worker for the cause of Christianity, the first catechital, or Bible studies for the young folks being conducted in her home.

Six children were born to these youthful pioneers who built, not only a home, but helped to build a community as well. Two of these, Albert J. and Lenore, together with their father, preceded the now silent farm, in death. After the decease of her husband, in 1898, Mr. Schultz decided to move to Wausau, Wis., because of educational advantages for the children. Here she has since resided. Besides the afore mentioned children, she leaves to mourn her death, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Louis Potter of Chicago.

The funeral services were held on Friday afternoon, April 22nd, at 1:30 o'clock at her daughter's home, 715 S. Fifth Av., and at two o'clock at the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. E. H. Bertemann officiating. Many and beautiful were the floral offerings. Owing to the almost impassable condition of the roads, the body was place in the Pine Grove Chapel, from which place it was brought to Colby last Thursday, May 29, for burial.



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