Randolph  County,  Indiana

George  Calvin  Shultz

            One of Randolph county's substantial and representative citizens is George Calvin Shultz, of Union City, who has won prominence in an exacting profession-teaching. He is essentially a self-made man, and as such ranks with the most enterprising and progressive of his contemporaries. He has, from early life, steadily pursued the honorable course which in due time brought success and prestige among his fellow men.
            Mr. Shultz was born in Greensfork township, Randolph county, December 2, 1861. He is a son of Milton Shultz, who was born in Kentucky, August 16, 1833. He married Julia A. Moore, who was born in Guilford county, North Carolina in 1826, and whose death occurred in 1901. The father moved with his parents to Ohio and later to Indiana, where he grew to manhood, and in 1862 he enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Neff and Colonel Orr, and for meritorious conduct he rose from private to lieutenant, and took part in a number of important engagements, including those incident to the memorable siege of Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville, and many others, but he was never wounded, and he received an honorable discharge at the expiration of his term of enlistment. After returning home he purchased a farm in Wayne township and, farming successfully, also followed the carpenter's trade, and is now living in Union City. The grandfather, G. W. Shultz, was a native of Kentucky, where he spent his earlier years and was married, finally moving with his family to Ohio, locating in Highland county, and devoted his life to farming. His wife, Martha A. Hawkins, in her maidenhood, was, like her husband, a native of Kentucky. Both died in Boone county, Indiana, where they moved from Ohio late in life.
            George C. Shultz was reared on the home farm and was educated in the common schools of Wayne township, Randolph county, later attending the Central Normal school of Indiana; from which he was graduated with the class of 1882. He began life for himself as a teacher, and studied law at the same time, with the firm of Watson & Engle. He was admitted to the bar in 1883, later he went to Kansas and was admitted to practice there in both the state and district courts, and practiced there before the district court and the United States land office. Returning to Indiana he spent twenty-six years engaged in teaching. He kept well abreast of the times in all that pertained to his vocation and was one of the most popular educators in this section of the state for that long period, during which he did much for a better educational system. His services were in great demand and he was regarded as both an entertainer and instructor.
            In 1908 he was elected township trustee and is still incumbent of this office, discharging the duties of the same in an eminently satisfactory manner. He is deserving of a great deal of credit for what he has accomplished in the face of obstacles and without assistance. In order to get a start he worked out as a farm hand for fourteen dollars per month, and he paid his way through school by working at whatever he could get to do to earn an honest dollar. He was at one time a candidate for state senator, and carried Randolph county against eight opposing candidates, this undoubtedly proving his popularity here and showing that the people reposed the utmost confidence in his ability and honesty. Politically he is a Republican and has long been influential in the ranks. He is a member of the Christian church. a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, in which he is prominent and active, being grand chief of the order in the state of Indiana.
            Mr. Shultz was married September 5, 1885, to Annie Laurie Peacock, who was born October 7, 1866, near Winchester, Indiana, where she grew to womanhood and received her education. She is a daughter of Amos and Rachael Peacock, the father having died December 18, 1878. The mother, who was born September 1, 1837, is still living. Amos Peacock was a son of John and Rebecca Peacock, pioneers of Randolph county, locating here when the country was practically a wilderness. The maternal grandparents came from Guilford county, North Carolina, in 1818 and settled one mile east of Spartanburg, Indiana, in the wild forest. There the grandfather died a few years later, and his wife reared their seven children. The family came here in a small wagon, drawn by a blind horse, the grandmother and some of the children walking the major portion of the way, and upon their arrival the grandfather erected a log cabin for his family.
            To Mr. and Mrs. Shultz one child has been born, Warren Darst Shultz, whose birth occurred in White River township, Randolph county, July 1, 1886. He was educated in the common schools of Wayne township, and was graduated from the Muncie Business College, and he also attended the Muncie Normal school. In 1913 he married Nellie I. Roe, a daughter of Fred and Nettie Roe. He resides at Union City. Young Shultz taught school successfully for five years prior to his marriage, and he is now employed in the mail carrier service at Union City.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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