Holt County, MO Biography

Christian SHULTS, a leading farmer and stock dealer of Liberty township, was born in Owen Co., Indiana on May 9, 1835. His father was George SHULTS and his mother's maiden name was Elmina BEAN.
In 1852 the family moved to Mo.; George SHULTS still lives on the place of his first settlement some three miles east of Craig. Christian SHULTS returned temporarily to Morgan Co., Indiana and there married Nancy Ellen NEWTON on June 14, 1855. He then returned to Holt Co. and farmed near his father until 1859 on the farm now occupied by Judge SKEELS. During the Civil War, he served three and a-half years in the Union Army, the first 6 months in the state militia and the rest in the 4th Missouri Calvary, one of ten regiments of reserve troops in Mo. He served in Mo. and Kansas and participated in the skirmishes which marked the progress of war in those states. His wife died Feb.4, 1865 while he was yet in the army. He returned to his farm and lived on it until the railroad was put through the county.
He purchased a tract of 160 acres on which he laid out the town of Craig. On Dec. 1, 1868, he opened the first store established in Craig. He sold goods, dealt in agricultural implements, ran a grain business, and was involved in other enterprises until Feb., 1872 when he sold his store and moved back to his farm. He owns and farms 400 acres and trades in stock. He also has property in Craig. He re-married on July 12, 1868 to Mollie BURKHART of Morgan Co., Indiana. He was a Democrat prior to the Civil War, was a strong Union man during the rebellion, and has since been a Republican.

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