Peanuts creator Charles Schulz's home destroyed in California wildfire

Angelo Anderson
October 13, 2017

The home of Charles Schulz, "Peanuts" creator and American treasure, is among the residences that have been lost to the wildfires now raging in northern California, according to the Associated Press.

Jean Schulz fled her home at about 2 a.m. Monday and is now staying with family, her stepson, Monte Schulz of Santa Barbara, said Wednesday.

The house was built by the Schulz family in the 1970s and it's where the beloved cartoonist died as he slept at 77-years-old in 2000.

He had not heard from his stepmother and learned about the disaster from his brother, Craig Schulz, who also lost his Santa Rosa home in the fire.

"It's the house he died in".

"The fire came by at, like, two in the morning", Monte Schulz said.

Officials say more than 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the Northern California fires, which started Sunday.=.


"Obviously stuff from my dad and their life together, all gone", he said.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center - which is also located in Santa Rosa and houses much of Schulz's work featuring Charlie Brown and friends - has not been damaged.

"He had a study with a drawing table if he wanted to do anything (at home)", Monte Schulz told the Mercury News. "I had memories of being in that house". "That time of our lives is now completely erased".

The Peanuts creator, who resisted having statues made of him, let the town install sculptures of his characters around downtown Santa Rosa, which at last reports had been unaffected by the wildfires.

The cartoonist had long ties to Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, where the airport bears his name and displays bronze sculptures of his famous "Peanuts" characters, according to the Associated Press.

Charles Schulz was born in Minneapolis and moved his first wife and family to Sonoma County in 1958, building a house and studio in Sebastopol. Its logo is Snoopy flying on top of his doghouse.

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