Judge Samuel Davies Schultz

Birth: October 21, 1985 in Victoria, B.C.

Death: August 25, 1917 (age 51) in North Vancouver, B.C.

Burial: Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

Biography:
Samuel’s mother died not long after his birth. His father, Herman, was devastated so the baby was brought to the Davies home. Samuel was raised mostly by Elizabeth’s sister Cecelia until she married and moved into her own home. Cecelia’s brother Josh looked after him financially.

Samuel went to law school in Toronto and briefly practiced in Nelson before returning to Victoria. He later moved to Vancouver, married Maude Dunwell Squarebriggs in 1904, and was appointed a court judge in North Vancouver making him the first Jewish judge in Canada.

Samuel also made a name for himself as a baseball pitcher. He was also a journalist and wrote for the papers in Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver. He was a musician and composer.

Samuel Schultz was well educated about Judaism and an outspoken advocate of Jewish rights. He was a founding member of the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, and a strong Zionist. He was also an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Victoria and a charter-member of the Connaught Masonic Lodge in North Vancouver. While in Victoria he attained a high position within the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also won many prizes as a member of the Horticultural Society of North Vancouver.

On August 25, 1917, Samuel Schultz died suddenly while playing tennis. He left his wife with three small boys.

Gravesite Details: Row E – Plot 33

Note:
There is a marker stone placed in Row C – Plot 44 by Arthur Levy

Inscription:
In Sacred Memory
Judge Samuel D.
Schultz
Born Oct.21 1865
Died Aug.25 1917
Esteemed by Many

Family Members:

  • Parents
    • Elizabeth Davies Schultz (1844–1866)
    • Herman Schultz (1831–1878)
  • Spouse
    • Maude Dunwell Squarebriggs Schultz
  • Children
    • Charles Davies Schultz (1904–1983)
    • William Arthur Schultz (1912–1978)
    • Robert Dunwell Schultz (1914–1968)
  • Half-Siblings
    • Sarah Schultz (died 1877)
    • Augusta Schultz (1869–1909)
    • Julius Bismark Schultz (1870–1934)
    • Maurice Moey Schultz (1873–1930)
    • Minnie Schultz (1877–1924)
    • Rudolph Schultz (1877–1935)

Vancouver Island Masonic History Project: Samuel Davies Schultz

Jewish Museum of the American West:
Samuel Davies Schultz: First Hebrew in the Dominion of Canada Named to the Judiciary

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