Biography of William S. Shellak
Adams County, NE Biographies





WILLIAM S. SCHELLAK.
Death seldom carries with it such a sense of personal bereavement to so many as it did when William S. Schellak was called from this life on the 11th of November, 1915. He had been a popular business man of Hastings for more than two decades and was the possessor of qualities which rendered him popular in the various circles in which he moved. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was born in 1870 and was a son of Martin Schellak, a prominent early settler of Adams county. He arrived in this county in 1882, removing from Dayton, Ohio, and for years William S. Schellak bore his part in the work of business development in Hastings. His rise in business circles was rapid. He seemed to know just when and where and how to put forth effort to produce the greatest possible results and seemed to have realized at any one point of his career the possibility for successful accomplishment at that point. He became a leading figure in manufacturing circles, becoming connected with the Polenske & Schellak Brick Company and also with the Polenske Brothers Brick Company. He was a most progressive business man, realizing and utilizing opportunities, and whatever he undertook proved of benefit and value to the community as well as a source of individual success. In the late '90s he was for some time manager of the Kerr opera house.

In 1901 Mr. Schellak was united in marriage to Miss Tetta Smith, a daughter of Doede Smith, and they became the parents of two children, Evelyn and Withelmina, aged respectively twelve and nine years. Mr. Schellak belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Sons of Herman. He was a man of unfailing good nature which made him lovable in his home, in business and in club circles. He was always ready to respond with a cheery word or warm smile and he was one of those who shed around him much of life's sunshine. Death came upon him without a moment's warning and proved a shock to the entire community, for he was very popular and his sudden taking off was a matter of the deepest regret to all who knew him and especially to those of his own household, where he was known as a devoted husband and father.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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