Carl and Ethel Schacht Scholarship


The son of John William Christian and Augusta Frisch Schacht, Carl T. Schacht was born on October 13, 1901 in Lubeck, Germany. In 1910 he immigrated to the United States with his parents and four siblings. They entered the U.S. via Ellis Island and settled in Durant, IA. He was educated in Stockelsdorf, near Ludbeck, Germany and in Durant. He also completed an architectural drafting course at Chicago Technical College. Ethel M. Baker Schacht was born and raised in Atalissa, IA on a farm with her four siblings. After graduating from the teaching program at the University of Northern Iowa, Ethel taught fifth and sixth graders at the Durant School from 1924-1929.

On June 14, 1930 Carl T. Schacht was married to Ethel M. Baker in Council Bluffs, IA. Carl worked on farms in Cedar and Scott County before joining his father’s masonry business. He became owner and operator of the C. T. Schacht Lumber and Ready Mix in 1932. The Iowa Lumberman’s Association presented Carl the master builder award. Ethel and Carl built their home at 601 8th St. Durant, in 1930. There they raised their only child, a daughter, Sally Schacht Bell, who was born in 1935.

For more than 50 years, Mr. Schacht was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Wilton and Kaaba Shrine in Davenport, IA. He served Durant as Mayor, was on the Durant board of education for 16 years, a member of the county board of education and on the Durant cemetery board. He was also a member of the Cedar County Republican Central committee, and was active in the county and state Republican Party. Ethel was active with Eastern Star, which is a charitable organization, for approximately fifty years. Ethel also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and traveling. Along with his many other engagements, Mr. Schacht was active with a charitable organization called Masons and Shriners. Mr. and Mrs. Schacht’s daughter, Sally Schacht Bell, has set up this scholarship in memory of her parents.

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