On their 75th wedding anniversary, Clara and Fred Schultz Jr. had a large party and almost all relatives attended. The couple were married on Dec. 24, 1929, and have a total of 57 descendants and family members.
On Wednesday, cherished memories filled the home once occupied by Clara and Fred Schultz Jr. Since Fred's death on Oct. 20, members of his family have relied on the past to get them through this difficult time.
On this day, only the truest and moving loving memories found their way into the minds of the grieving family members, including his wife Clara, daughters Yvonne Boor and Deanna Stout, and granddaughters Lessa Pell, Jamie Maurer and Teresa Herron.
Clara and Fred lived in Brazil all of their lives. They met in high school and dated for two years before he asked her to marry him on her 18th birthday.
On Christmas Eve of 1929, Fred drove his father to work and picked up Clara afterward. She said was dressed in a brown dress and brown hat.
The couple, accompanied by Clara's sister and brother-in-law, rode in a Model T Ford all the way to Paris, Ill., where they were married at the home of a minister. No one in Fred's family knew he was getting married until that afternoon at a family gathering. Clara said, "Everybody was happy."
As a young man during the Great Depression, Fred found his passion and began his career as a grocer at Reece's Grocery and Grass's Meat Market.
During this time, the Schultz family grew to include three loving daughters, Yvonne, Mitzi and Deanna. The youngest daughter was born in 1942. Just a year later, Fred opened Fred's East End Fruit Market on National Avenue in Brazil. While walls were being built to make the open-air market permanent, Fred relocated his store to the building currently occupied by Shaw Electronics Inc. until it was completed.
According to Clara, Fred's Market was a great start for young men entering and working through college. After all, the boys had plenty of fresh fruit to stock and pop bottles to sort, 364 days a year.
Fred was a basketball fan, mainly the Indiana Pacers. In the early '60s, the family enjoyed games on one of the area's first color television sets.
One granddaughter, Jamie Maurer, remembers going to her grandparents' home on Sundays to watch "Lassie," "Bonanza" and "The Wonderful World of Disney" in color.
A great relationship that has lasted over 75 years has experienced parts of the world one vacation at a time. Fred and his wife have found retreat in Hawaii, Alaska, Cancun, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Trinidad and winters in Florida.
Dozens of red roses later, Clara's message to young couples is to, "work through your problems and never go to bed mad."
During the early October hospitalization of Clara, Fred fought a liver condition that landed him in Room 100, in the bed right next to his wife. Hand in hand, the couple struggled to make it through; Fred didn't make it home from the hospital. If only Fred could have been present for the reminiscing session.
Fred's children and grandchildren miss the smell of fresh fruit in the kitchen and the constant smile on his face. He will be missed, but will always remain in the hearts and memories of hundreds in the area.
If you don't remember Fred Schultz, think about him when you drive on the street behind where his store once stood, Fred Schultz Drive.