Schuetze, Julius (1835–1904)

By: C. A. Schutze, Jr.

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: October 19, 2019

Julius Schuetze, judge, German-language newspaper publisher, and music teacher, was born in Dessau, Anhalt, Germany, on March 29, 1835. He was the son of Heinrich and Louise (Seelman) Schütze. He arrived at Indianola, Texas, with his family in November 1852. His brothers Louis and Adolf had preceded him to Texas.

Julius lived in Yorktown and hauled freight between Indianola and other points. He also lived in Meyersville, where he founded the Texas Sängerbund, a German singing society, and in 1853 he participated in the first state Saengerfest, held in New Braunfels. In 1854 he moved to San Antonio. There he taught speech and music and married Henrietta Heinz of Seguin, one of his music pupils. In 1858 he moved to Austin, where he taught at the German School, and he also tuned pianos.

Schuetze tutored the families of governors Sam Houston and Pendleton Murrah, studied law under Judge Wooldridge, and was admitted to the bar. Upon the death of his first wife he married Julia Ohrndorf, née Brügerhoff; Schuetze had ten children. In 1864 he moved to Bastrop, where he taught at the Orgains School. After the Civil War he became chief justice of Bastrop County. Judge Schuetze served in the Twelfth Texas Legislature as a federal tax collector and was an Indian agent with a tribe in Colorado. He was a Republican and worked actively against prohibition.

From 1870 to 1873 he and O. H. Dietzel published Vorwärts ("Forward"), a German-language newspaper, first in New Braunfels and later in Austin. In 1883 Schuetze again published Vorwärts in Austin. Like his father, who had been a silk grower in Germany, Schuetze raised silkworms, which he exhibited at the State Fair of Texas. His article "Seidenbau in Texas" ("Silk Farming in Texas") was published in the Jahrbuch für Texas in 1884. Schuetze was active in the Order of the Sons of Hermann, which he served as national president from September 1897 until his death. He was also director of the Austin Sängerbund. He died in Austin on April 23, 1904.

Austin Statesman, April 24, 25, 1904; La Grange Journal, April 28, 1904.

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C. A. Schutze, Jr., “Schuetze, Julius,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 14, 2022,

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