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Memorable Manitobans: Otto Schultz (1852-1926)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born on a farm near Rostock, Germany on 12 January 1852, he attended Rostock College before moving in 1869 to the United States with his parents. He worked on a farm in Minnesota for two years and later travelled by covered wagon into the Cheyenne Valley of Dakota Territory where he worked for the Northern Pacific Railway. He came to Canada in 1873 and lived for many years at Gretna, operating a flat boat for transporting goods on the Red River. With the arrival of a railway in the late 1870s, he established retail stores from Gretna to Morden, and operated one himself at Niverville. In 1905, after moving to Winnipeg, he established the wholesale dry goods business of Otto Schultz and Sons.

In 1880, he married Rose Stiefel (1860-1948) and they had five children: Lydia Ilah Schultz (1881-1960, wife of Cecil Albert Parr and Albert Henry Eager), Otto Schultz (1883-1937), Alvin Reinhardt Schultz (1886-1919), Harry O. Schultz (1888-?), and Rose Elizabeth Schultz (1894-1985, mother of Herbert Marquis Pickard). He was a member of the Manitoba Board of Education, a justice of the peace for ten years, and Mayor of Gretna (1903-1905, 1907-1908). He was one of the first members of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Manitoba and the Presbyterian Church at Gretna.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 33 Purcell Avenue, on 28 April 1926 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Schultz House / Doctor’s House (574 Berlin Avenue, Gretna, Municipality of Rhineland)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. Cecil A. Parr dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1918, page 5.

“Otto Schultz, 1873 pioneer, passes away,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 April 1926, page 5.

“An album of Winnipeg women - Mrs. Otto Schultz” by Lillian Gibbons, Winnipeg Tribune, 28 September 1935, page 15.

“Former Manitoban dies in car mishap,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1937, page 18.

Obituary [Lydia P. Eager], Winnipeg Tribune, 18 May 1960, page 24.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Hope Smith.

Page revised: 21 April 2020

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