Johann G.W. Schulte left his home village of Gehrde in the year of 1843, aged 17, bound for the United States. The little village of Gehrde situated near Quakenbrueck in the Kingdom of Hanover had approximately 300 inhabitants at that time and nearly 1/3rd of them left their homes in the 1840-1850ies for better luck at overseas countries.

Johann Schulte spent 6 years at New York then sailed around Cape Horn to San Francsisco to follow the call for gold. We do not know whatever his success was at the goldfields. However, after a while he decided to ...

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