Monday was Columbus Day here in the United States. I won’t debate whether he’s worthy of his own holiday here – my opinion of the guy isn’t really relevant to this post. I will, however, acknowledge that Columbus was a game-changer and great explorer. If we could all trace our family trees back through enough generations, we’d all eventually find a few explorers of our own. This post is my effort to honor the least historically known explorer in my own family.
Julius Scholz was my 2nd great uncle. I don’t know much about him or his life (he and his parents and siblings are one of my most regrettable brick walls), but I’m grateful for his contributions to the events that made my life possible.
Julius was born in Bautsch, Moravia, Austria (now Budišov nad Budišovkou, Czech Republic), 05 Jul 1889/90 (conflicting records, with no birth or baptismal record yet), to Josef and Josefa/Josefine (possible maiden name Nittman) Scholz.
By the age of 17 (according to the ship’s manifest), Julius was aboard the SS Frankfurt, sailing from Bremen 20 Jun 1907. The manifest also reveals that Julius was a blacksmith, single and able to read and write. His closest living relative back home was reported as his father, Josef, residing in Bautsch, Moravia. Julius’ final destination is listed as Washington, D.C.
After he disembarked in Baltimore, I lose track of him until the 1910 Federal Census, when he shows up in Chicago, Illinois. He’s enumerated with both parents, and two sisters: Matilda and Hedwig (my great-grandmother). This census record lists everyone’s year of immigration as 1908, which helped me track down the ship manifest for Josef, his wife, and their daughters. The manifest lists their intended destination as Chicago, Illinois. I’m not sure what lead Julius to head west and settle in Chicago, but it’s clear that he “scouted ahead” to find a place his family could belong.
Not much else is clear about Julius’ life, except that he was enlisted by the Quartermasters Corps (US Army) in April of 1918, and discharged in June of 1919. He died 18 Oct 1949 in Orange, California, and is buried in the Melrose Abbey Cemetery/Memorial Park in Anaheim.
Thank you, Uncle Julius, for both your service and your huge contribution to our family’s history!
In each pair listed below, the italicized individual is my direct ancestor connection to the person/people in question. Each person's name is hyperlinked to their profile on my family tree, and will open in a new tab or browser window.
Ancestry.com, Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), Ancestry.com, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, DC; Records of the US Customs Service, RG36; Series: T844; Roll: 65.
Ancestry.com, Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), Ancestry.com, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, DC; Records of the US Customs Service, RG36; Series: T844; Roll: 72.
Ancestry.com, U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Ancestry.com.
Ancestry.com, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005), Ancestry.com, Registration State: Illinois; Registration County: Kankakee; Roll: 1614028.
United States Census, 1910, “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MKZX-KR8 : accessed 06 Jul 2014), Hedwig Schulz in household of Joseph Schulz, Chicago Ward 24, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1012, sheet 14A, family 351, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374278.
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Jennifer Lynn Stingley, "Family Explorer: Julius Scholz," Ancestor Archaeology, 17 October 2014 (http://ancestorarchaeology.com/2014/10/17/family-explorer-julius-scholz/ : accessed [23 October 2017]).