Mr. Fred Schulte has been in Edwardsville for most of his life. He is the current Township Clerk for Edwardsville Township, having first been elected to the position in May 2001. “This was a good opportunity to help people,” said Schulte. Serving people has been a common theme for Mr. Schulte as he spent twelve (12) years on the council for Trinity Lutheran Ministry, four (4) of those years serving as vice president, served as a precinct committeeman, and has a fondness for Shriners Hospital. Before his work with the Township, Mr. Schulte was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve – the 219th Transportation Company in Wood River, IL to be precise. During his six (6) year enlistment as a Specialist E-4, he was responsible for power at his station. Following his service he worked for Edwardsville Frozen Foods as a meat cutter, eventually becoming partner in 1980. He has spent the last thirty-six (36) years with the company as partner and does not see retirement in the near future.
Mr. Schulte is most proud of the Township for all the additions and improvements made at the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Airplane Community Park. This includes the progress made with the Boundless Playground, Rotary Playground, year-round Comfort Station, Youth Memorial and the skating rink. “It’s great having a safe and enjoyable place for the community to gather and bring their kids,” said Schulte.
Mr. Schulte also sees the importance of the Township’s General and Emergency Assistance Programs. “These provide essential help to those residents most in need.”
A few fun facts about Mr. Schulte is that he loves to watch sports and take care of his pool. Something on his bucket list is to see the A-7 Corsair get refurbished in the next two (2) years; “The airplane is a landmark for the park and I would love to see it in all its glory again.” If Mr. Schulte could meet one historical figure, past or present, he would want to meet former President Ronald Reagan. He has always admired his ability to work with people and would love the opportunity to learn how to develop that ability himself.