Biography of John Schutt


Schutt, John, Grand Island, p. o. Beach Haven, is one of Grand Island's wealthy and progressive farmers. The familiar term "hustler" can appropriately be applied to Mr. Schutt. He was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, August 10, 1845, one of three Sons and two daughters born to John and Sophia Schutt. John Schutt was a wagonmaker and came to Buffalo from Germany in 1873, where he was employed for a number of years in the park. He was a man who stood high in the esteem of all who knew him. He and his wife spent their last days in Grand Island at the home of their son John. They are members of the Lutheran church. John, the subject, learned the wagonmaker's trade when a boy and when Sixteen years of age engaged on a farm as teamster, driving four horses. This suited him, as he had a natural love for a horse, and a look at his fine horses to-day will justify the assertion. He followed this occupation until twenty-two, when he was promoted to foreman on the farm over a large number of men, remaining at that until 1873, when with his wife, children and mother-in-law, he emigrated to America, coming direct to Buffalo, landing here with S150. He soon found employment and was later employed for two or more years in the Bullymore Packing House. In the mean time he bought a horse and wagon and then went to draying, at which he prospered, and bought another horse, then a third and fourth, having then two teams. He followed teaming on that scale for three years and then availed himself of the opportunity of buying all the teams, wagons, etc., connected by contract with a large malt house in Buffalo, devoting his attention to this successfully for a year. He then launched out further by buying all the teams, wagons and utensils connected with a large iron foundry at Black Rock; this team work consisted of hauling the ore and coal from the docks in Buffalo to Black Rock. He erected a large barn for the especial accommodation of his many teams, but not content with this business on his hands, he bought a farm of seventy acres near the city line, for which he paid $6,000, turning his house and lot in for nearly half payment for the farm, making his father day foreman of the farm, which he devoted to raising grain and hay to feed his teams, acting all the while as his own general supervisor of all branches of his work. In 1888 he sold out his entire teaming business and also sold his farm, for the latter receiving $21,000. In 1889 he purchased his fine farm of 240 acres in Grand Island, for which he paid $18,000 cash, and moved his family there, where he has since resided. He has made many fine improvements and has one of the finest orchards in the town. He raises large quantities of hay and is also a dealer in hay to a considerable extent, buying hay from his neighbors and pressing it to fill city contracts. For the few years residence in this country few men have made the rapid progress that Mr. Schutt has. He is a liberal, public-spirited man, interested in public affairs, though not an office seeker. in politics he is a Republican. Mr. Schutt has been twice married; his first wife was Sophia Sunk, and they had three children, Henry, Augusta and Emma. Mrs. Schutt died a year after their arrival in Buffalo, and he married Sophia Boss, a native of Germany, by whom he had nine children: William, John, Frank. Bertha, Carrie, Minnie, Mary, Martha and Florence.

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A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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