Co D, 17th WI Infantry
Nicolas Schaus was born October 14, 1840 in Prus-sia and emigrated when he was 12 years old. Nick enlisted on 17 February 1862 into Company D, 17th Wisconsin, seeing action at Corinth, Miss and Vicks-burg. He re-enlisted in January of 1864 and became part of General Shermans forces in the march to the sea and was with his unit in the Grand Review of Sherman?s troops in Washington D.C. in May of 1864. He was mustered out in Louisville, Kentucky on 15 July 1865.
In 1871 Nic and partner established a hardware store and tin shop in the area now known as Chicago?s loop. It was here that he met and married Katharine Niephaus in 1874. A few years later, Nic and his family settled in Manitowoc, Wisconsin where he started a hardware store, eventually settling at 912 Jay Street, and in 1905 his sons took over the store. Nic used to dust the pot bellied stove with a feather duster he called “a chicken on a stick.”
Resolving to see his 84th birthday, Nic died a half hour after achieving it in 1924. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc.