Biography of John W. Amstutz
Riverside County, CA Biographies





JOHN W. AMSTUTZ
An experience with diversified lines of activity in various cities of the east preceded the removal of Mr. Amstutz to California and qualified him for a forceful and progressive identification with the commercial history of Riverside, where for some years he has been a partner in the undertaking firm of Ward, Amstutz & Glenn. The principles of the business were studied under the tutelage of professional embalmers in the east. No labor was spared whereby his qualifications for service might be enlarged. Already he had enjoyed the advantage of a general business experience and after he had mastered the science in its modern system of usage he was abundantly fitted for all the intricate details connected with the undertaking business. Thorough knowledge of the work, unerring tact and unfailing courtesy are the keynote of his growing popularity in his specialty.

Born at Smithville, Wayne county, Ohio, January 10, 1865, John W. Amstutz is a son of Peter and Sarah Amstutz, of that state. From the age of six until he was sixteen he attended the local schools and later he was a normal student at Orrville, Wayne county, where he completed a specified course of study at the age of eighteen. He then went to Cleveland, Ohio, and began to study the drug business in a wholesale house, where he remained for three years meanwhile learning every detail of the occupation of a druggist. Fortified by this practical experience, he secured a clerkship in a retail drug store in Cleveland. After one year in that pharmacy he returned to Orrvillle and for a year clerked in a retail drug store. His next location was at Kenton, Hardin county, Ohio, where he bought an interest in a wholesale and retail drug store, and continued until 1898. Upon selling out that business he removed to Michigan and for a year owned and conducted a drug store at Battle Creek. With the sale of that business his connection with the occupation of a druggist ceased.

A thorough course in the Pennsylvania College of Embalming detained Mr. Amstutz in Pittsburg, Pa., for some time and enabled him to graduate in 1900 with a degree of efficiency and skill in the art. For six months after graduation he was engaged by a firm of undertakers to take charge of their embalming business. Next he went to Michigan and settled in Marshall, where he conducted a furniture store and also engaged in undertaking. By passing a rigid examination he was granted a state license. In 1905 he came to Southern California and established his home at Riverside, where now he is prosperously identified with the firm of Ward, Amstutz & Glenn, undertakers and embalmers. The duties of business demand his entire time and leave him little leisure for participation in political affairs, in which, indeed, he takes no part aside from voting the Republican ticket. His interest in the benevolent and elevating work accomplished by fraternal organizations has led him to identify himself with various of these, among them being the Improved Order of Red Men, the Knights of Pythias and the Masons in the blue lodge. At Orrville, Ohio, October 10, 1890, he married Miss Laura Thomas, a graduate of the musical department of Wooster University and a lady of the highest culture, who shares with him in the good will of the people and with him maintains a helpful connection with the work of the Presbyterian Church. They are the parents of two sons, the elder of whom, Karl, is a musician of local reputation. The younger, Harry, is now a student in the Riverside schools.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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