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Title: Henry Hartz
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Henry Hartz, a retired farmer living in Williamsport, is a native of Berks county, Pennsylvania, where his birth occurred on July 28, 1846. His father, Peter Hartz, and his mother, who prior to her marriage was Anna Harding, were both born in adjoining counties, and there lived until the former's death. Peter Hartz was a farmer and the son of a Revolutionary hero who served with a distinguished record until independence was achieved. An uncle of Mrs. Hartz also participated in that struggle and took a prominent part in the battles of Stillwater and Saratoga when the British General Burgoyne surrendered his army.

Henry Hartz was a lad four years old when his father died. Owing to limited school facilities, his early education was somewhat limited, but by subsequent study and reading he very largely made up for this deficiency and in due time became an intelligent and widely informed young man. In his youth he removed with his mother to Lancaster county, where he grew to maturity and continued to live in that part of the state until 1865, when he and a brother came to Warren county, Indiana, where both secured employment, the subject as a farm hand and his brother at the plasterer's trade. After spending a couple of years at this kind of labor and saving his earnings with scrupulous care, he rented a farm and was quite successful in its cultivation. Having by diligent labor and strict economy succeeded in accumulating sufficient money to secure land of his own, he purchased one hundred and twenty acres in Liberty township, which he afterwards sold at a handsome profit and invested the proceeds in a tract of one hundred and eighty acres in the same township, which he improved and which, with the help of his good wife, he cultivated to such advantage that in due time he was in independent circumstances with sufficient means at his command to enable him to retire from active life and spend the remainder of his days in quiet and content.

Mr. Hartz has always been an industrious, hard-working man, frugal in his habits, a judicious manager and the results of his well directed efforts he now realizes in the comfortable fortune in his possession and the many material blessings with which he is surrounded. He is a good farmer, was always successful in tilling the soil and seldom failed to realize abundant returns from the time and labor he expended on his crops. Having accumulated a sufficiency of this world's goods to enable him to pass the remainder of his life free from toil, he discontinued farming in 1907 and moved to Williamsport and bought a beautiful and comfortable home, where he and his faithful wife and helpmate are now living in honorable retirement. M. Hartz is a self-made man and as such ranks among the most enterprising and successful of his contemporaries. He was married May 6, 1876, to Carrie Klapp, whose parents, John and Elizabeth (Kochel) Klapp, were natives of Pennsylvania and members of old and prominent families of Lancaster county, where both died, the father having formerly been a large land owner and a successful farmer, but is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Hart have no children of their own, but have always taken an interest in the children of their neighbors, both being fone of young people, who in return love and esteem them for their many kind words and considerate deeds.

The subject and wife are respected members of the Presbyterian church, active in all the good work of the same. Fraternally, he belongs to the Knights of Pythias, his wife being a member of the Pythian Sisters and the Eastern Star.

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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: 00000995
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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