Biography of August Beltzner
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August Beltzner. - Active and progressive in business, August Beltzner is prominent in Joliet where he is cashier and trust officer of the Joliet Trust & Savings Bank. He was born at Johnstown, Pa., June 15, 1882, a son of August and Christiana W (Sibbach) Beltzner.

August Beltzner was born in Baden, Germany, and his wife was a native of Bavaria. He came to Mauch Chunk, Pa., from Germany at the age of six years. When the Civil War opened he enlisted in the Union army and served until the close of the war. He later moved to Johnstown, Pa., and was there at the time of the Johnstown flood. He afterward had charge of the men who were engaged in rebuilding the wire mill for the Cambria Iron Company. When this concern changed their plans about rebuilding, he moved to Joliet in 1892 and took charge of the Ashley wire mills. He was advanced to the Meeker Avenue plant and later had charge of the Rockdale plant of the American Steel & Wire Company. In 1902 he retired and opened a grocery store, which he operated until the time of his tragic death, July 1, 1908, which occurred when his store was burglarized. His wife died Oct. 16, 1925. Both are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet. To Mr. and Mrs. Beltzner the following children were born: Elizabeth C., married Harry G. Clark, lives at Oakland, Cal.; Mary H., deceased, was the wife of B. G. McDowell; William G., deceased; Robert J., lives at Pueblo, Colo.; Marguerite A., married Frank Walker, lives at Joliet; Annie E., married George E. Bolton, lives at Joliet; Ellen N., married Judson Haggerty, lives at Joliet; Roy S., lives at Lead, S. D.; Viola F., lives at Joliet; and August, the subject of this sketch.

After finishing high school at Joliet, August Beltzner entered the employ of the First National Bank as a collector. He later attended Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill., and upon his return to Joliet again entered the employ of the First National Bank. He worked through the various positions until he became trust officer. In 1922 he resigned his position with the bank to take up the duties of secretary and treasurer of the American Ice Cream and Bakery Company. When this company was dissolved he returned to banking interests and accepted the position of trust officer with the Joliet Trust and Savings Bank. He is now also cashier of that institution.

On April 20, 1910, Mr. Beltzner married Miss Laura Clement, of Joliet, the daughter of Arthur C. and Georgia M. (Smith) Clement. Mr. Clement was born in Joliet, where he now resides. His wife, a native of New York, is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Beltzner have a son, August Clement Beltzner.

Mr. Beltzner is a member of the Central Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with Matteson Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 175; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Commandery, No. 4, K. T.; Medinah Shrine; Joliet Shrine; Joliet Country Club; Joliet Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club; and Modern Woodmen of America. He is a Republican.

Mr. Beltzner was inducted into service during the World War and was ordered to report at Louisville, Ky., but owing to the signing of the Armistice the order was recalled.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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