Arthur Oelkers Schott

Arthur Oelkers Schott

Male 1918 - 2016  (97 years)
Person ID: I13691 


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  • Name Arthur Oelkers Schott  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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    • Arthur O. Schott, Louisiana's Official Baseball Historian for more than 40 years, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2016, just one month shy of his 98th birthday (July 9, 1918). At the moment his life ended, Schott was comfortably and lovingly surrounded at his bedside by his wife of nearly 68 years, Mary Grinnen Schott, and their seven sons. Schott was born and raised in New Orleans, and for more than 80 years of his life was a combination of baseball historian, statistician, raconteur, and foremost authority on all things baseball, both major league and minor league, including the original New Orleans (baseball) Pelicans. In 1973, the Governor proclaimed Schott to be the official Baseball Historian for the State of Louisiana. Although baseball was Schott's passion, it was only a hobby from which he received little income for writing baseball columns, including one entitled "A Schott from the Bleachers," for New Orleans newspapers, such as the Times-Picayune, the States Item, and the Clarion Herald. Although Schott was awarded a lifetime pass to attend all minor league baseball games anywhere in the country, he never took advantage of the privilege, choosing instead to always pay for his tickets in support of the game. So vast was Schott's knowledge of and ability to quickly recall baseball facts and statistics, he was often called at all hours at his home to answer questions about baseball, including, many times, by bar patrons asking him to settle a bet over some obscure baseball fact for which they turned to Schott for a quick and definitive answer. Schott was a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame, the Diamond Club of Greater New Orleans Hall of Fame, and the Greater New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, and he also served as President of the Diamond Club of Greater of New Orleans. He was a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, an international organization whose members are devoted to baseball history, research, and statistics. The New Orleans Zephyrs awarded Schott a Community Service Award for his work preserving the history of New Orleans professional baseball, and he was awarded the Louisiana Sports Writers' Association Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism. Schott's home included several rooms devoted to baseball publications, memorabilia, and collectibles, including one room nicknamed "Cooperstown, Jr.," after the baseball hall of fame and museum in Cooperstown, New York. Schott's "museum" contains thousands of baseball items, such as rare books and paraphernalia dating back to 1871, when baseball began in this country. Besides baseball, Schott was a third generation member of the family that started the Schott meat packing company, known as "Schott and Company, Incorporated," which did business and employed several hundred persons in New Orleans for over a century, beginning in 1879. In 1985, the company's property on Poydras Street, across from the Superdome, was sold to a land development company, and the business and its special formulas, ingredients, and recipes, including those for ham, sausage, and chili, were sold to a competitor. Schott graduated from Jesuit High School in 1936 and attended Loyola University before World War II. During World War II, Schott served honorably in the United States Army from January, 1942, until August, 1945. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, mostly in the Philippines and New Guinea. At one time, while on a transport ship in the Pacific Ocean, his ship was attacked by a Japanese pilot, forcing Schott and the other survivors to abandon ship and await rescue in shark infested waters. Schott was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lake Vista for more than 50 years, where he served as lector and usher, and he was also a long time member of the Knights of Columbus. Schott is survived by his loving wife, Mary Grinnen Schott, and seven sons, Arthur, Jr. (Patricia Delgadillo), John (Mala Newman), Gerard, Stephen (Pamela Keenan), Christopher (Judy Canella), Kevin (Peggy Shirer), and Richard (Linda Cuellar). He is predeceased by an eighth son, Philip Joseph, who died as a young child. Schott is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Schott was the oldest of seven children of Bernard and Eugenie ("Nina") Oelkers Schott and is also survived by four of his brothers, Reverend Paul W. Schott, S.J., Steven H. Schott, Judge Patrick M. Schott, retired, and Dr. Matthew J. Schott. He is predeceased by his brother, Bernard J. Schott, and his only sister, Rosemary Schott Stevens. Schott is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., followed by a funeral mass at the same location at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be private, but all are welcome for the visitation and mass. Donations may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, or if you prefer, go to a baseball game and think of Schott while there; he would have liked that. To sign the on line guest register, please visit www.Greenwoodfuneralhome.net
      Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from May 28 to Jun. 1, 2016.
    Born 9 Jul 1918  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 May 2016  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Siblings
     1. Bernard John Schott (ID:I25704),   b. Abt 1921, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 2005, Aurora, Arapahoe, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     2. Rev. Paul Schott (ID:I25705)
     3. Rosemary Louise Schott (ID:I25706),   b. 30 Jul 1926, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 2006, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. Steven Henry Schott (ID:I25707),   b. Abt 1929, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 2017, Laplace, St John the Baptist, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
     5. Judge Patrick Michael Schott (ID:I25708),   b. 21 Feb 1931, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 2019, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     6. Dr. Matthew Schott (ID:I25709)

    Parents

    Family ID: F17549 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Bernard Ignatius Schott (ID:I25702),   b. 18 Nov 1896, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1975, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Eugenie Theresa Oelkers (ID:I25703),   b. 20 Nov 1895, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1971, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1917  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Family

    Family ID: F4839  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Wife Mary Grinnen (ID:I13692),   b. 1927, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 2022, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married Sep 1948  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Children 
      1. Stephen Schott (ID:I25720)
      2. Arthur Schott, Jr. (ID:I25715)
      3. Christopher Schott (ID:I25722)
      4. John Schott (ID:I25717)
      5. Richard Schott (ID:I25724)
      6. Gerard Schott (ID:I25719)
      7. Philip Joseph Schott (ID:I25726),   b. 1958,   d. 1961  (Age 3 years)
      8. Kevin P. Schott (ID:I13687)

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    Occupation Between 1934 and 2016  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    for more than 80 years of his life, he was a combination of baseball historian, statistician, raconteur, and foremost authority on all things baseball, both major league and minor league, including the original New Orleans (baseball) Pelicans. 
    Residence 1930  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head: Son 
    Residence 1935  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1940  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head: Son 
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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Jul 1918 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Between 1934 and 2016 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1940 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Sep 1948 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 May 2016 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Source Citations

    1. [S1533] New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;).

    2. [S1240] 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0199; FHL microfilm: 2340544.
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    3. [S1251] Find A Grave.

    4. [S1151] 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Roll: m-t0627-01433; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 36-408.
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    5. [S285] The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate, (Name: Advance Publications; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1837;), Mary Grinnen Schott obituary, 19 February, 2022–23 February, 2022.
      Mary Grinnen Schott passed away peacefully on February 16, 2022, at the age of 94. She was comfortably and lovingly surrounded at her bedside by her seven sons, as well as several daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Mary (Mama to her sons and daughters-in-law, and Grandma or Maw Maw to her grandchildren) was born in New Orleans in 1927. She graduated from Ursuline College in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. After college, Mary worked briefly before she was married to her loving husband, Arthur O. Schott, for 67 years. Mary's full-time job and devotion consisted of raising her family and managing a household of seven raucous sons, which she did tirelessly and without any complaints. One of Mary's special traits was that she never uttered a single negative word about anyone (with the only exceptions being a few politicians every now and then). She was always kind to everyone, even when she had to "kindly" discipline her sons (her boys as she liked to call them). Mary was always there for her sons, which included, but was by no means limited to, driving carpool, volunteering in the school library, serving as mother's club room mother and cub scout den mother, cheering her boys and their teams at track meets and football, baseball, and basketball games, and cooking delicious home-cooked meals every week night and on Sundays. Saturday nights were reserved for dinner at restaurants with her husband and dinner-club friends; on those nights the boys ate TV dinners and Jiffy-Pop popcorn, after which they rearranged furniture in the house to make room for indoor football games. Mary knew of those games but did not care as long as no one was hurt. After Mary finished raising her sons, she did volunteer work delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly and infirm and serving as a docent at Longue Vue Gardens. Mary was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lake Vista for more than 56 years, where she also served as a member of the Ladies Sodality for many years. Mary is survived by her seven sons, Arthur, Jr. (Patricia Delgadillo), John (Mala Newman), Gerard, Stephen (Pamela Keenan), Christopher (Judy Cannella), Kevin (Peggy Shirer,) and Richard (Linda Cuellar). She also had an eighth son, Philip, who died from an illness as a toddler. Mary is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Mary is predeceased by her husband, Arthur O. Schott, her parents, Louise Kammer and Thomas Grinnen, and her brother, Thomas (Buddy) Grinnen, Jr. Visitation will be at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., followed by a funeral mass at the same location at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, but graveside space for friends will be very limited due to the large size of Mary's family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Pius X Catholic Church.
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