Biography of John B. Schiltz
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John B. Schiltz, founder of the Schiltz family in Caledonia township, was a native of Prussia, Germany, where he grew up and was married to Anna Marie Tillen. His occupation was that of a farmer. In time his family increased until he found himself the father of eight sons and two daughters. In 1865 one of the elder sons, Matt, came to the United States, locating in Dubuque, Iowa. In the same year the rest of the family set out to join him, taking passage in a sailing vessel which landed them on the shores of the New World 56 days later. They immediately came west and joined Matt, and in the following year, 1866, all came to Houston County, Minn., renting a farm a mile and a half east of Caledonia village, in Caledonia township. Thus the family became established here, but Mr. Schlitz was not destined to long share its fortunes. He had walked all the way from Dubuque and exposure to inclement weather had brought on a cold which led to a more serious affection and resulted in his death June 22, 1866, about three months after their arrival, which was in April. He had reached the age of 56 years. His wife, thus bereaved, made the best of circumstances. She kept the family tbgether, and with the help of a yoke of oxen was able to work and develop her farm. She survived her husband many years, dying on the old homestead about 1901 at the age of 85.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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