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Re: Charles Schuler b. 1840 Wurtemburg
Posted by: Charlene Reinhart (ID *****9421) Date: September 27, 2004 at 14:13:44
In Reply to: George Schuler b. 1875 Kentucky/LA in 1880 by Charlene Reinhart of 822

Source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago & Nashville, 1890

Charles Schuler. The life of this gentleman
has been rather an eventful one, and clearly dem-
onstrates how much can be accomplished and ac-
quired under the most unfavorable circumstances.
He was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, January
18, 1840, to George and Agatha (Lehmann) Schu-
ler, who came with their family to the United States
in 1852, landing in the city of New Orleans, where
he died the same year of his arrival at the age of
forty-eight years. He was a graduate of a Ger-
man university, was a government employe, a
school teacher, but took part in the revolution of
1849, and afterward came to the United States, his
time, after coming to this country until his death,
being devoted to teaching his native language and
music. His wife died in New Orleans, in 1886, at
the age of eighty-three years, both having been
earnest members of the Catholic Church. Six of
the eight children born to them are now living:
Pauline (widow of Ferdinand Zurcbmeddan, of
Holland, she being now a resident of New Orleans),
Matilda (widow of August Leuber, a watchmaker,
of Louisville, Ky.), August (is a watchmaker an
jeweler, of Cole Creek, Tenn.), Charles (come
next in order of birth), Josephine (wife of Louis
Leonhard, a merchant of New Orleans, but resides
in Bay St. Louis, Miss.), and Ernest (of Keatchie
La.). Charles Schuler was educated in Germany,
and when a boy of twelve years was compelled to
commence the battle of life for himself on account
of the early death of his father, receiving for some
time $1.50 per month for his services. He was
compelled to work very hard for a long time in
order to maintain himself and give some assistance
to his mother, but nature had endowed him with a
good constitution, and he was plucky and perse-
vering, and consequently succeeded in his under
takings, where many other boys would have failed
Upon the opening of the Civil War he joined the
Chalmett Regiment, and while on duty at Fort
Jackson was captured April 24, 1862, and paroled
but was kept at New Orleans until October, 1862
when he was exchanged and rejoined the Con-
federate army, attaching himself to the Ordnance
Department, but prior to this was with the expedi-
tion which resulted in the capture of the "Queen
of the West" and "Indianola," two Federal gun-
boats, by the Confederates on the Mississippi River.
He was promoted to first lieutenant in the Ord-
nance Department, having charge of the ord-
nance work shops in the district of Western Louisi-
ana, and surrendered at Shreveport in the spring
of 1865. He afterward clerked in New Orleans
for a few months, then came to Keatchie and
worked as a farm laborer for some time, after
which he opened a store in the town and was there
in business until 1871, when he resumed farming
and gradually increased his acreage until he now
cultivates 1,500 acres of land. His success has
been the result of many a hard day's labor, and
consequently is fully deserved. In 1874 he was
elected to the Legislature from De Soto Parish, as-
a Democrat, and during Gov. Nicholl's administra-
tion he was president of the parish school board
for three years. His marriage, which took place
in 1865, was to Mrs. Nancy (Hughes) McBeth, of
Port Gibson, Miss. They are members of the
Presbvterian Church, in which Mr. Schuler is a
ruling elder, and he is a Mason, and a Democrat,
and the owner of 1,760 acres of land, but controls
more than this.

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