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Title: Fred Holtz
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Fred Holtz is of German descent and, like so many of that nationality, he has made himself of much importance in his community by being thrifty, standard that his good judgment and business sagacity is highly respected. He is a dealer in feed and coal in Williamsport, Warren county, Indiana, and one of its most substantial and prominent citizens.

Fred Holtz was born January 27, 1870, in Williamsport, on Monroe street. His father was Jacob Holtz and his mother, Frederica (Meitzler) Holtz. They were both born in Germany, his mother being born in Maucken, their youth, and were married near Attica, Indiana, Jacob Holtz having received his education in Germany. They raised a family of eight children. One child died in infancy, and Catherine, William and Elizabeth are also dead. Charles, George, Lena and Fred Holtz are living. Fred Holtz was born and raised in the city of Williamsport, receiving his education there. During his vacation he worked, as he was always very industrious, and often went into the country in the summer and worked on his mother's farm. In 1887, at the age of seventeen, he went into business for himself, and kept a grocery for about two years. At the end of that time he sold out a very thriving establishment, to take up his new duties. He was elected postmaster at that time, in the face of very strong competioion. There were eight candidates for the place, and it was finally decided to put the question before the people and permit them to choose their own postmaster. The resuld was that Fred Holtz, though the youngest of the candidates, was chosen, because of his well-known ability, his sterling qualities and unquestioned integrity. This was during Clevelangd's second term as President and he was the youngest candidate running at that time.

After holding this position for four years with great credit to himself and his party, he entered into the coal and feed business, beginning modestly, and has made a very marked success. He now has a flouishing business. Mr. Holtz was married in 1906 to Minnie Alberta Anderson, the date of their wedding being May 10th. They have one child, Charles F. Holtz, who is three years old. His wife is the daughter of James and Marjorie (Grames) Anderson. James Anderson was a farmer and lived in Prairie township, where he was a large land owner and one of the most prominent citizens.

Mr. Holtz is one of the thoroughly reliable men, who have made Williamsport grow. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is a Knight of Pythias. He is energetic and progressive, and anxious to see his native town enjoy all the municipal improvements possible. It is men of his stamp, of which there are so many among the Germans, that add substantiality to a community, and make it progressive in government, business methods and social life.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001166
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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