OTTO T. SCHULZE, M. D.
Among those who have stood as distinguished types of the world's workers was the late Dr. Otto T. Schulze, who
was one of the able and honored physicians and surgeons of Napa up to the time of his death, which occurred August
19, 1924. He was a man of fine intellectual and professional attainments, gracious personality and strong and noble
character, and he labored with zeal and devotion in his calling. One of those self sacrificing, ardent and loyal
spirits that are a blessing to the race, he left in his wake an influence that makes the world brighter and better
for all who knew him, and his memory is revered by his myriad of friends and acquaintances.
Dr. Schulze was born in Germantown, Glenn county, California, on the 3d of September, 1881. There he remained until
he was nine years of age, when the family moved to Dixon, Solano county, where he attended the public and high
schools. He was unusually quick in his studies, possessing an alert and vigorous mind, and during his junior year
in high school he successfully passed an examination which permitted him to enter the freshman class of the University
of California. He was graduated from that institution in 1903, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and having
determined to devote his life to the practice of medicine he then matriculated in the medical department of the
university, graduating in 1907 with the, degree of Doctor of Medicine. During the ensuing year he was an interne
in the University of California Hospital, and then, in 1908, he came to Napa and entered upon the active practice
of his profession. He quickly met with success, his ability and devotion being recognized and appreciated by the
people of this community, and up to the time of his death he commanded a large and representative clientele, being
numbered among the leaders in his profession in Napa county. He was surgeon for the San Francisco, Vallejo and
Napa Valley railroad, as well as for the Southern Pacific railway. Dr. Schulze was indeed the "beloved physician"
to many families in this community who at his death felt that a wall of protection had fallen from around them.
In the most significant sense he was humanity's friend, and to those familiar with his life there must come a feeling
of reverence in contemplating his services and their beneficent results.
Fraternally Dr. Schulze was a member of Yount Lodge No. 12, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he was past master,
and of King Solomon Chapter No. 95, Royal Arch Masons, as well as the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the
Napa parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West, while professionally he was a member of the Napa County Medical Society,
the California State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was a charter member of the Psi Epsilon
fraternity of the University of California and was a member of the Golden Bear senior honor society of that university
and the Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity connected with his alma mater. He was secretary of the Napa County Medical
Society, at the time of his death was president of the Napa Rotary Club and was also a member of the Napa Golf
Club. He rendered efficient and appreciated service as a member of the Goodman Library board, was active in his
support of the Boy Scout and Red Cross work in this locality and was health officer of Napa county.
Dr. Schulze was married to Miss Edith Currey, who was born in San Francisco, California, and they became the parents
of two sons, Edward Spencer and Robert Currey. Mrs. Schulze is a daughter of Hon. Robert J. and Lillie M. (Buckbee)
Currey, and a granddaughter of Judge John Currey. The latter was a pioneer of this state, having come here from
New York in 1849 and locating in Benicia, where he became a prominent practicing attorney during the early '50s.
He was elected a judge of the supreme court of California and served with distinguished ability for twelve years.
Hon. Robert J. Currey was born in Benicia, California, and his death occurred July 25, 1923. After completing his
public school studies he attended Santa Clara College and then attended the Peekskill Military Academy, at Peekskill-on-the-Hudson,
New York, subsequently entering Yale University, from which he was graduated in 1873. On his return to California
he became prominently identified with public affairs, having been a member of the state legislature. He followed
farming on a large scale near Dixon, where he owned a three thousand acre ranch, and he was numbered among the
most prominent citizens of Solana county. Mr. Currey was a member of the Masonic order, served on the high school
and library boards of Dixon and was a director of the Bank of Dixon. He was married to Miss Lillie M. Buckbee,
who was a native of New York state, and of the children born to them, four are now living; Mrs. Edith Schulze,
Mrs. Cornelia Phillips, Robert S. and Laura.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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