Biography of Ezra E. Schultz
Adams County, NE Biographies





Ezra E. Schultz is one of the active business men of Hastings, prominent, enterprising and progressive. He is the manager of an extensive commercial enterprise conducted under the name of Stephen Schultz, his partners in the undertaking being Stephen and Harry E. Schultz of Hastings and Walter C. Schultz, of Kenesaw. They are dealers in agricultural implements, vehicles, harness and automobiles and maintain a chain of houses in this part of the state so that their trade covers a wide territory. Ezra E. Schultz is a most progressive young man, wide-awake, alert and determined in what he undertakes, and the record of his success should serve to inspire and encourage others. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on the 23d of July, 1881, and is a son of Stephen and Johanna (Martin) Schultz. The family came to Nebraska in 1887, settling first at Kenesaw, where the father engaged in the blacksmith business, his activities along that line continuing for several years, after which he extended the scope of his labors, becoming a dealer in agricultural implements in 1892. He remained in business at Kenesaw until 1907, when he removed to Hastings, opening an establishment at Second and Burlington streets. In 1910 he erected a fine business block containing twelve hundred square feet of floor space and two stories in height. In 1913 the garage was built, sixty by one hundred and twenty-five feet-a fireproof structure. They conduct a retail business, handling the Paige, Grant and Velie cars.

Ezra E. Schultz was educated in the Kenesaw high school, the parents giving liberal educational advantages to their children, who were ten in number. Ezra E. Schultz is the eldest of the six who are yet living. He spent his youthful days under the parental roof and has always been associated with his father in business and under his direction received his business training. Three of the sons are now partners in this undertaking and aside from the main establishment at Hastings they have seven branch houses in Nebraska, situated at Juniata, Kenesaw, Heartwell, Holstein, Prosser, Giltner and Rosemont. They carry the goods of the John Deere Plow Company and handle all kinds of agricultural implements, harness and vehicles, being able to supply to the trade all that the best markets afford.

Ezra E. Schultz was united in marriage to Miss Ona Blythe, a daughter of A. B. Blythe, on the 12th of September, 1906, and they have one son, Dale. In religious faith the parents are Methodists and are liberal and generous supporters of the church. Mr. Schultz also belongs to the Masonic fraternity, having attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He is likewise a member of the Commercial Club and is interested in all that has to do with the up-building -and progress of his city. In politics he is a republican and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day but has never sought nor held public office. He enjoys motoring and hunting and is fond of outdoor life, turning thereto for needed recreation from the cares of an onerous and growing business. It is true that he entered upon a business already established, but in controlling and enlarging this many a man of less resolute spirit would have failed and his course demonstrates that success is not a matter of genius as held by some but is rather the outcome of sound judgment and experience, supplemented by unfaltering industry.

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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