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Joseph Schulte, Jr.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: Joseph Schulte, Jr. Reply with quote

JOSEPH SCHULTE, Jr., a successful merchant and esteemed citizen of Monterey, is a native of Rome, Oneida county, New York, born June 28, 1851. He is of German parentage, his father, also Joseph, having been born in Prussia, Germany. He came to New York State, where he lived about live years, and then removed to Canada, but not being satis-fied there, he came to California with his family in 1873. He is a merchant tailor by trade and conducts a thriving business on Alvarado street, Monterey. His wife, Mary Fraver, likewise of Prussian birth, bore him four children, of whom two are now living, our subject and a sister, Mrs. Henneken, of Monterey.

Mr. Schulte received his primary education in the public schools of Canada and afterward attended a convent school for six years, studying one year for the priesthood, but during that time became convinced that clerical life was not suited to him. He abandoned the study of theology, joining his parents on their farm, where he engaged in farming in Norfolk county, Canada, for some time. He later acquired the blacksmith trade, and afterward thoroughly acquired the watchmaking and jewelers' business. He came with his parents to California in 1873. They all pursued farming for about live years in the town of Vallejo, Solano county. Our subject tired of agricultural life, so, after three years of indifferent mining in Shasta county, near Igo, he resumed his trade as a journeyman and traveled for three years more. He located in Monterey in 1885, opened a jewelry store, and has, from that date, been prospered financially and socially.

Mr. Schulte was married at Monterey January 13, 1885, to Miss Eloisa Gutierrez, born December 1, 1866, daughter of Joaquin Gutierrez, who, in his day, was one of the most respected citizens of his State and town. He came to Monterey as early as 1831, from Mexico, on a ship under the command of Captain Juan Malarin. He was a native of Spain, and was an honorable, intelligent gentleman, who became connected with the history and military government of Monterey, commanding the esteem and confidence of all the military officers and governors of California. Upon his retirement from public life, he lived in independence until his death, which occurred December 1, 1872. He married,in Monterey, Donna Josepha Escobar, daughter of Don Marcelino Escobar, an early influential Spanish resident of Monterey, and in 1833, its Alcalde. He had fifteen children, twelve of whom are still living.

One daughter has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Schulte, October 25, 1885, and the fair young child died the following December, less than two months after its birth.

Mr. Schulte is one of Monterey's most successful business men, and is a member of the local board of trade. As a citizen, he is enterprising and universally popular. Fraternally, he has more than a local reputation, as he is a foremost and important member of Chosen Friends, and has filled some of its most important offices; he is the originator of the Y. M. I., No. 57, of Monterey; was its first delegate to the fourth Grand Council, and was there appointed one of its Grand officers. He has since represented his society at the sixth and seventh Grand Councils, convened respectively in San Francisco and Watsonville in 1890 and 1891. He is a member of Institute, No. 109, of San Francisco, and was appointed Grand Deputy for Salinas, where he has organized No. 88 of that city; also, he was the first delegate to the Grand Council of Chosen Friends, April 12 to 16, San Francisco, Cal.

It is such men as Mr. Schulte that every prosperous city needs, and his energy and good citizenship are a credit to Monterey.

Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.
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