Jake was born in Romania. In 1930, with his wife Emelia, he immigrated to the Gilbert Plains area, eventually establishing a successful farm. He joined the co-operative movement and served as councillor of the R. M. of Grandview, contributing to significant road improvements.
He believed in man’s rational capacity to work toward goals of fairness and greater equality in society. In 1950, Mr. Schulz became founding president of the Manitoba Farmers Union and in the 1950s served as chairman of the Interprovincial Farm Union Council, the forerunner of the National Farmers Union. He was elected to Parliament in the 1957 general election, representing Springfield for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, serving only one year.
Mr. Schulz founded a construction company in 1960 and wrote two books,The Rise and Fall of Farm Organizations andThe American Nightmare.