Biography of Charles Moritz
Adams County, NE Biographies





Charles Moritz has made a creditable place for himself in business circles of Prosser and under his able management the Farmers Elevator & Lumber Company has enjoyed a steady growth. He was one of the organizers of the concern, which conducts five elevators and which in addition to dealing in grain handles lumber, live stock and coal. A native of Saxony, Germany, his birth occurred on the 3d of February, 1855, and he is a son of Carl and Mary (Stahlhut) Moritz, who emigrated with their family to the United States in 1880. They located in Adams county, Nebraska, where they lived until 1914, when both passed away. They were the parents of six children, namely: Charles; Bertha, the wife of P. L. Boyd, a resident of the state of Washington; William, who is living in San Francisco; Martha, the wife of Rudolph Siebert, of Grand Island, this state; Robert, a resident of Seattle, Washington; and Richard, a high school inspector of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Charles Moritz was reared in his native land and received a thorough general education in an excellent gymnasium in that country. When sixteen years of age he went to sea but after a short time came to the United States in 1871. He at once made his way to the middle west and remained in Stark county, Illinois, until 1878, which year witnessed his arrival in Adams county, Nebraska. He located in Martin township, Hall county, and for fourteen years was prominently identified with agricultural interests there. In 1896 he embarked in the grain business at Prosser, organizing a farmers elevator company, which he managed with gratifying success until 1904. In that year he withdrew from that concern and in 1908 it became insolvent. He still remained active in the grain trade and at length organized a new company, known as the Farmers Elevator & Lumber Company, which now conducts five elevators, carrying on business in Prosser, Kenesaw, New Marsh, Hayland and the switch. The company handles a large amount of grain annually in its elevators and also does a large business in lumber, live stock and coal. The president of the concern is Henry Augustin, Jr., the vice president is Daniel McGowan and, as before stated, Mr. Moritz is the manager. His thorough knowledge of the business, combined with his sound judgment and foresight, has enabled him to develop the company into one of the leading concerns in this field of activity in this part of the state. He is also financially interested in the Gayland Bank, owns a half section of land in Gall county and one hundred and ten acres of irrigated land in Texas near the Rio Grande river.

Mr. Moritz was married in 1885 to Miss Helen Jost, by whom he has three children: Otto, who is associated with him in business; Max, cashier of the Bank of Hayland; and Martha, the wife of J. C. Snavely, of Hastings, Nebraska.

Mr. Moritz supported the republican party in his young manhood, was later a populist and now votes independently, supporting the best candidate irrespective of his party affiliation. While living in Hall county he served as supervisor and has always taken the interest of a good citizen in public affairs. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and the principles which govern his life are still further indicated by the fact that he is a prominent Mason. He belongs to the blue lodge at Juniata, to the chapter and consistory at Hastings and to the Shrine at Lincoln, and his wife and daughter are both affiliated with the Order of the Eastern Star. He is a man of ability and unquestioned integrity and his personal friends are many.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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