Biography of Mathias Schwartz


Schwartz, Mathias, Lancaster, was born April 12, 1827, and is the son of the late Mathias Schwartz, who came from Strasburg, Elsass, to Lancaster in 1833, where he was a farmer and died in 1881. Mr. Schwartz left the farm when twenty-one years old, and after working in different localities for four years, was married, in 1853, to Catherine Matter of Roeschwoch, Elsass, a small village near Strasburg, who had come to Lancaster in 1853; she died after a short illness on April 5, 1877. In the fall of 1878 he married Elizabeth Nagel of North Buffalo. He began business in Lancaster in a small flour and feed store, and later added to it a large dry goods store, also a grocery, all of which he carried on very successfully until 1888, when he retired from mercantile life and bought the fine residence, 28 Aurora street, where he now resides. He has four sons: Mathias M., August W., Dr. Edward B. of Buffalo. Joseph B., and eight daughters. Mrs. Catherine Simon, Mrs. Josephine Kaffen of Atchison, Kansas, Sister Mathilda, Sister Florentin, Frances V., Mary M., Ida E. and Adalaide. Mr. Schwartz was for ten years one of the village trustees. He is owner of heavy real estate in all parts of the town.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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