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George Scholz, farmer and stockman of Lancaster, Atchison, KS, was born in Germany, April 22, 1870 and is a son of August and Johanna (SEIDEL) Scholz, who were the parents of seven children: Mrs. Pauline McCOWIN, Renton, WA; Herman, Doniphan Co., KS; Charles, Lancaster, farmer; Louise, wife of C. THOREN; Los Angeles, CA; Caroline, wife of J. W. LOUTHIAN, Lancaster; Paul, living near Lancaster, KS; Mrs. Anna STOCKEBRAND, Yates Center, KS; August, farming with his brother, John, in Lancaster and John, farmer, Lancaster; Robert, Lancaster. The family was reared on the father's farm where all the sons were taught farming. The father was born November 25, 1835 in Schlesien, Germany and learned the blacksmith trade from his father and worked at that trade until he left Germany in 1870. He was a son of George Frederick Scholz. His mother died when he was an infant. Coming to America with his family of six children, August Scholz resided in St. Joseph, MO, for a time and then bought a farm of 160 acres in Doniphan Co. KS which he worked about six years. He broke this palce with oxen and made all necessary improvements, himself. After Doniphan County he bought 480 acres of prairie and timber land in Atchison Co. KS. This was in 1882. He bought the farms of Morgan OSBORNE and paid $15,000 for it. The place is known as the "Three Springs Farm." It is located on the northwest quarter of section 9. The name comes from the fact that the farm has a fine natural water supply from springs located on it. The springs supply water for the stock on the farm even in the longest drought.

The father bought an unusually large farm for the reason that he wanted his boys to grow up on his own farm. He did not want to see them go out and work for strangers. His capital was limited but he and his sons were industrious, and they were able to go into debt to acquire more land and the farm was paid for in due time and improvements were made as rapidly as possible. The father farmed his place until his death, in 1901. The mother of George Scholz was a daughter of Godfred and Rosanna (SCHWARTZER) Seidel, and was born in Schlesien, Germany, April 10, 1840 and is now living with her son, John. The father was a farmer in his native land.

George Scholz attended the Atchison County schools, finishing at the Rock District school. He remained at home until he was twenty-six years old, when he rented a farm which he operated in partnership with his brother, Charles, A. In 1905 George bought the farm which he now owns and which consists of 120 acres in section 24, Lancaster. The place was comparatively unimproved having only an old house and barn. Since then he has built a modern eight-room house, electric lighted and modern in all respects. In additions, he has erected a fine barn, 40x36 feet in size. It is electric lighted and equipped with up-too-date conveniences. Mr. Scholz keeps graded stock on his farm and is a progressive farmer and conducts his farm in an efficient manner. When and his brother were farming together, ten or more years ago they sold corn from the field as low as fourteen cents per bushel.

Mr. Scholz was married to Anna BUTTRON, February 10, 1909. She was born October 20, 1877, and is the daughter of Henry and Rosanna Buttron. Mr. and Mrs. Scholz have two children: Gilbert, born December 31, 1909, and Karl, born January 16, 1914. Mr. Scholz is an independent voter. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge of Lancaster No. 355 and attends the Lutheran Church of which his wife is a member. Mr. Scholz made his first investment in 160 acres in Sheridan Co., KS for $1,100 in 1902 and sold it three years later for $2,400.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, July 2001

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