|E. D. SHOLTS, farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Oregon; born Aug. 10, 1821, in Yates Co., N.Y.; his father died in 1840, and in 1846 the mother and four children came West, Mr. Sholts buying 80 acres, of which 72 are a part of his present 104-acre farm; he also owns 80 acres in Town of Rutland; his first log house, built with shake roof covered with sods, was so leaky as to cause tubs, pants, etc., to be placed on the beds during heavy rains, and they were quite apt to be filled. His first breaking was a blunder, as he broke on the corners where four “forties” joined, and of these only one was his; still, Mr. Sholts has made the best of progress, having good buildings and a pleasant home, and now receives instead of paying interest.On the 30th of April, 1844, he married, in her native county (Lake Co., Ohio), Miss A. Searles; they have three children-William A., Hannah E., and Charles Sumner; the parents belong to the U. B. Church of Rutland, and were among the eight founders of it; Mr. Sholts has been a Trustee for many years; he is a Republican, and was a Whig; was also one of the first farmers to insure in the Madison Mutual.
Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1249-50.