Joseph Pittz, who owns a fine farm in Roseland township, has made many excellent improvements thereon and is
especially proud of his grove, which is one of the best in the county. He was born in the grand duchy of Luxemburg
on the 30th of April, 1845, of the marriage of Nicholas and Margaret (Schemes) Pittz, who passed their entire lives
in that country. They were the parents of seven children, namely: John, who when last heard from was residing in
Germany; John, deceased; Mathias, a resident of Germany; Joseph; Anna, deceased; Elizabeth; and Bernard, who is
living in Germany.
Joseph Pittz received his education in the public schools of Luxemburg and remained in that country until 1882,
when he emigrated to the United States. He at once made his way to Nebraska and purchased land on section 6, Roseland
township, Adams county, which he has since operated, although while a resident of Luxemburg he followed the carpenter's
trade. He has carried on general farming, finding that the raising of both grain and stock is more profitable than
specializing in either. The buildings on his farm are substantial and well designed and everything is kept in good
condition and he has a fine equipment of up to date machinery. He has given much attention to the development of
his grove, which consists of over five thousand box elder and ash trees. He has now retired from the active work
of the fields and his farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres of good land, is operated by his son.
Mr. Pittz was married in 1873 to Miss Anna Snyder and they became the parents of seven children, namely: Mary,
the wife of Phillip Knapp, of Madison county, Nebraska; Mathias, who is farming in Juniata township; Peter, who
resides near Bladen, Nebraska; Catherine, the wife of Herman Fischer, of Roseland township; John, who is operating
the home place; Maggie, the wife of Nick Arensdorf, who resides in Silver Lake township; and Anna, who married
S. P. Mangers, of Roseland township. The wife and mother passed away in 1915 and is buried in Assumption.
Mr. Pittz was formerly a democrat in politics but is now independent, casting his ballot for the man rather than
the party. He is a member of the Assumption Catholic church, to which his wife also belonged, and contributes to
its support. He has concentrated his energies upon agricultural pursuits and has won a measure of prosperity that
now enables him to live retired and enjoy a period of leisure. He has many friends throughout the county and all
who know him respect him highly.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
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