Both William and Ethel Granger Schultz came from prominent pioneer families who migrated from the east coast to eventually place roots in Zanesville OH
William D. Schultz’s grandfather, William Schultz, moved to Zanesville and earned his living as a coast maker. Around 1852 the coach business began its decline with the arrival of the railroad. At that time, Mr. Schultz purchased a soap factory for $7,000.00 and enlarged its operations. William’s son Robert was brought into the Soap Company as a young laborer with his cousin, John Hoge. John was considered to be responsible for the tremendous growth of the soap company nationwide. In 1866 when William retired, Robert and John purchased the company and renamed it Schultz and Company. With much hard work and advertising, the soap company became famous nationwide when it began selling its “Star Soap”. Each bar of soap was individually wrapped – 25 wrappers would get you a colored picture. They also published books of nursery rhymes. A picture accompanied each nursery rhyme where Star Soap was somehow incorporated into a theme, thus giving them huge exposure. Another product they produced was Gold Soap. Hoge sent a coach drawn by four white horses through the streets of New York and Boston to advertise their Gold Soap. It was packed into a wooden crate, and in each crate, one bar of soap would have a gold dollar inside, what a surprise!
The two young men amassed quite a fortune and spent some of their money to purchase a block of land in downtown Zanesville to build the Schultz Opera House. This grand opera house opened in January of 1880, and was deemed the “The Finest Opera House in the West.” Over 1000 were in attendance on opening night as many people traveled by steamboat and train to see the Schultz Opera House production of Romeo and Juliet.
As Schultz and Company continued to flourish, Robert’s son, William D., joined the company at the age of 16 and worked his way up to president and eventually owner of the Soap Company. Born in 1868, William was raised by his grandmother after the death of his mother, who died while giving birth to his sister. He was an avid hunter and sportsman and traveled to Africa on Safari twice in h is lifetime. He was a member of many local organizations and helped from many others. On October 24, 1900, William married Ethel Granger, daughter of a prominent Zanesville politician, Common Pleas Court Judge and Supreme Court Justice, Moses Granger. Ethel was 24, William was 32 when they were married at St. James Episcopal Church. The Schultz Mansion was a wedding gift to Ethel from William.
Completed in time for their nuptials in 1900, the Mansion took three years to build at a cost of approximately $100,000.00. The Schultz Mansion boasted every amenity one could afford at that time and consists of 3 floors, 26 rooms, 5 baths, and 8 fireplaces. It is enclosed by a walled garden and has a two story carriage house in the back. The house was once noted for its New Year’s Eve parties and other celebrations of special events when entertaining was done in grand manner.
In 1903, William sold Schultz & Co to Proctor and Gamble for $846,000.00. In 1921, Mr. Schultz suffered a heart attack while at work and died on March 13. He was 53 years old. His estate was left to his widow, Ethel who died 14 years later of injuries received in a car accident upon returning from her summer home in Duncan Falls. After several annuitants were paid, the Schultz estate, which was valued at over $3,000,000.00, was divided between Bethesda Hospital and the YWCA. The Schultz Estate ranks second in amount among local philanthropies.
Ethel bequeathed her beloved mansion to the James Episcopal Church for use as their rectory. In 1988 the church sold the mansion and it continues to be privately owned.
We invite you today, to step back in time and relive the days of simpler times in the beauty of the Schultz Mansion in all of its majesty and splendor.
I re-typed this from a paper handed out at the Schultz Mansion for those taking a tour or intending to take a tour. I work at the Muskingum Co Genealogy Society and am always interested in Muskingum Co History, but I am not related to any of these families. Interested inquiries should be directed to:
The Schultz Mansion
441 Putnam Avenue
Zanesville OH 43701
ATTN: Corresponding Secretary
PO Box 2427
Zanesville OH 43702-2427