|Death: ||May 17, 1922|
Oscar Shultz was born in 1896 in Germany and migrated to America where he settled in Arizona. When Oscar's mother, still residing in Germany, needed money, Oscar decided that the best and easiest way to obtain some for her was to become an outlaw and take what was needed from others. On his first attempt at the easy money, he rode his horse onto the highway near Springerville, Arizona and stopped a car. After taking the fellow's wallet, Oscar was so disgusted that the man had less than $5.00, he put the money back. In the excitement of being robbed, the man did not realize he still had his money and reported the robbery to the sheriff of St. Johns, Arizona and a posse was soon hot after Oscar. When the posse got close, Oscar jumped off his horse and hid in a tree. In an effort to cover more ground, the posse scattered out and the sheriff happened to ride under the tree where Oscar was hiding. Oscar jumped out of the tree and took the sheriff's horse at gunpoint and made his escape. After hiding out for the night near Nutrioso, Arizona, a friend hid Oscar in a wagon, drove him out of town, and gave him a horse. Oscar fled to the small town of McNary, Arizona and at that point decided to rob the bank. Getting just over a hundred dollars he made his escape down into the Big Lake area. Now there was a large posse looking for Oscar and he was running as fast as he could. Deep into the forest he hid out for the night with a ranger in his lookout station. Two members of the posse, having followed Oscar's trail, arrived at the station before Oscar could leave the next morning and ordered Oscar to come out. Oscar was such a dangerous criminal, that even though he came out unarmed they shot and killed him. The posse members strapped Oscar's body on the back of his horse and started back to town. After about two days they realized they had some distance to cover, the weather in mid-May was getting warm, and the body was beginning to deteriorate. So they buried Oscar in an isolated grave in a remote area. And yes, the mother was still in need of money.
The grave can be found at the junction of Forest Roads 276 and 2767. You will need a good map, the roads are gravel and sometimes rough, but the family sedan can make the trip. And it is certainly worth the drive. It is a remote and beautiful area of Eastern Arizona near New Mexico.
Oscar Shultz Gravesite
Plot: Fencd grave at FRs 276 & 2767
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Apr 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18772733