Biography of Peter Schiltz
Houston County, MN Biographies

Peter Schiltz, head of the firm of Schiltz & Son, proprietors of a grain elevator at Caledonia, and one of the leading citizens of Caledonia Township, was born near Trear, in Prussia, Germany, May 7, 1857, son of John B. and Anna Marie (Tillen) Schiltz. He was nine years old when he arrived with his parents and the other members of the family in Caledonia Township, this county. He had but little chance to obtain an education, being obliged to help his mother as soon as he was old enough to be of any use. As, however, there were eight sons in the family, the works as they grew up was divided among them, and when Peter was a young man he found himself able to start in on his own account and for four years he rented a farm. At the end of that time he bought 140 acres of land in section 20, Caledonia Township, which was a neglected farm. This he improved into good condition and later bought 140 acres more, thus doubling the size of his place. Among his most important improvements was a good set of buildings. On this farm he made a specialty of raising good stock, keeping a large herd of cattle, and finding this a profitable part of his business. When the first elevator was started Mr. Schiltz was placed in charge for one year. He then bought out Sprague Bros., the proprietors and for four years conducted the elevator alone, afterwards taking into partnership his son, Theodore J. It is now about ten years ago since he left his farm in charge of his son, John P., Jr., who has since conducted it, and took up his residence in the village. His business affairs have prospered and he has become a man of substance. For many years he served in public, not oniy on the school board of his district, but also as a member of the town board, of which he was chairman for some years, and as assessor, which office he held for four or five years. Mr. Schiltz was married April 27, 1880, to Susanna Schmitt, who was born in Caledonia township in 1860, daughter of Frank Schmitt, a pioneer who came to the county among the very earliest settlers. Mrs. Schiltz died in February, 1916, at the age of 55 years, leaving seven children, Frank, Kate, John P., Jr., Cecelia, Peter, Theodore and Anna. The family are members of the Catholic church, Mr. Schiltz being one of the trustees of St. Peter's Church, and a member of St. Peter's Society.


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

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