Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Fred Frank Schultz





Fred Schultz was born December 14, 1872 in Mittelberg, Germany; his parents were Fred and Wilma Salzweld Schultz. Coming to America in his childhood, Fred, spent the early years of his life near Owosso, Shiawassee County,  Michigan and Brady Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.




Fred married Lydia Griffus on September 24, 1902 at Brant, Saginaw County, Michigan by Fayette Rayner, Minister. Lydia was born December 9, 1877 in Brady Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and her parents were Asa and Ada Dibble Griffus. She graduated from Saginaw County Normal as a school teacher in 1897. 







Fred and Lydia's children were:

  1. Wilma A.  Schultz was born August 12, 1904 and died on July 1, 1912. She  died at the age of 7 years 11 months old of complications due to pneumonia caused from bone cancer.  Wilma is buried in Griffus Cemetery,  Brady Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  2. Frank G. Schultz born January 10, 1907 in Lakefield Township. He married Margaret Daniels.

  3. Leo A. Schultz born August 14, 1908 in Lakefield Township.. He married Leona Hagarty.

  4. Verne Fred Schultz was born November 4, 1911 in Lakefield Township. He married Berneda Liebrock.

  5. Ruth Oneita Schultz was born August 26, 1913 in Lakefield Township. She married Bernard Eastman.

  6. William Ernest Schultz was born March 29, 1918 in Lakefield Township. He married Leola M. Little.

  7. Garold Glen Schultz was born August 29, 1920 in Lakefield Township. He married Donna Oakes.


Fred and Lydia moved to Lakefield Township immediately after their marriage. They owned and operated a farm in Section 25 on Chapin Road between Grabowski and Nelson Roads; where they lived their entire married life.


Fred and Lydia were members of the Lakefield Wesleyan Methodist Church and were members of the Lakefield Gleaners for over 50 years. Lydia was also a member of the Lakefield Ladies Society. Fred served as Lakefield Township Overseer of Highways in 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1943, and 1945. After the success of the women's suffrage movement final passage on August 26, 1920, many of the Lakefield Township's women showed their courage and strength by registering to vote. Lydia, was amongst the earliest women to register to vote on March 12, 1921. Lydia served as Lakefield Township Board of Canvassers for elections in 1926, 1928, and 1930.


Fred passed away suddenly December 24, 1949 from pneumonia and Lydia succumbed to cancer three weeks later, January 11, 1950. Fred, Lydia, andWilma are buried in the Griffus Cemetery, Brady Township, on property donated by Asa and Ada Griffus.


SOURCES: Granddaughter, Janice Schultz Wazny; marriage record of Fred and Lydia Schultz, Wilma A. Schultz's death record; Fred Frank's death record; Frank G., Leo, and Verne E. Schultz's obituary; 1916 Lakefield Plat Map; Della Miller McKay's obituary collection.


Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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