Biography of Joseph Betz
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Joseph Betz, a progressive and enterprising business man of East Liverpool, is one of the well known and substantial citizens of Columbiana County. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 14, 1863, and is the son of Joseph and Ottillia (Wanderer) Betz.

Joseph Betz, Sr., deceased, was a native of Ingerkingen, Wurtemberg, Germany, born Aug. 29, 1829, the son of Andrew and Anna Marie (Glaser) Betz. Andrew Betz was an agriculturist and died in 1856 at the age of 66 years. His wife died in 1860 and they are both buried in Germany. They had nine children, as follows: Conrad, died in Germany at the age of 73 years; Anthony, died in Germany at the age of 72 years; Ulrich, died in Germany at the age of 72 years; Martin, came to the United States in 1875 and died in Milwaukee, Wis., at the age of 56 years; Frank, died in Germany at the age of 55 years; Joseph, father of the subject of this sketch; Mathias, born in 1831, died in Germany; John, died in Germany at the age of 55 years; and Anna Marie, died in Germany at the age of 29 years. Joseph Betz came to America Oct. 21, 1854, and settled in Milwaukee, Wis. He spent some time in Switzerland before coming to America and after his arrival in Milwaukee he followed his trade of cabinet maker. He died Sept. 1, 1896, at the age of 67 years. Mr. Betz was married on Jan. 8, 1856, to Miss Ottillia Wanderer, who was born at Burgheim, Bavaria, Germany, June 17, 1833, the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Niederreiter) Wanderer. She died in Chicago, Oct. 21, 1907, and is buried in Milwaukee, Wis. To Mr. and Mrs. Betz were born seven children, as follows: (1) Frederick William, born Dec. 18, 1856, died Nov. 26, 1923, and is buried at Fairmount, Minn. He was a manufacturer and a prominent citizen, having served as mayor of Fairmont as well as county commissioner and postmaster. (2) Charles S., born Aug. 3, 1858, is associated with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad as an electrician; (3) George, born June 5, 1860, died July 15, 1861, and is buried in Milwaukee, Wis.; (4) Joseph, the subject of this sketch; (5) John, born April 6, 1865, lives at Portland, Ore.; (6) Elizabeth, born Feb. 14, 1868, married Joseph Breitenbach, deceased, and later removed to Portland, Ore., where she died Dec. 29, 1923, the result of an accident; (7) Walburga, born Dec. 17, 1872, died Dec. 3, 1873, and is buried in Milwaukee, Wis.

Joseph Betz attended common schools of Milwaukee, and at the age of 13 years entered the employ of a bookbinder, but later became an apprentice on a German newspaper, where he learned typesetting. When 19 years old he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked at his trade and while there he became active in trade unions. On July 8, 1887, he came to East Liverpool to take charge of the Columbiana County Zeitung, a weekly German newspaper founded by the late J. H. Simms. In 1898 Mr. Betz entered into partnership with the Orr brothers in the commercial printing business, located on West 4th Street, and six years later bought his partners' interests in the business, the firm then being known as the Jos. Betz Printing Company. In 1915 he erected one of the finest business blocks in the city, in which his printing plant is located. It ranks among the up to date printing establishments of the state and was incorporated on March 1, 1924, with Mr. Betz as president.

On Dec. 27, 1894, Mr. Betz was united in marriage at Baltimore, Md., with Miss Louise Marie Hempel, a native of that city, born Nov. 3, 1865, the daughter of John F. and Crecensia (Raiber) Hempel. Mr. Hempel was born at Gelnhausen, Hessen, Germany, Sept. 26, 1831, and died as the result of an accident, Dec. 23, 1910. His wife was born at Altheim, Wurtemberg, Germany, May 30, 1840, and died in Baltimore, June 24, 1923. The Hempel family settled in Baltimore in 1850. To Mr and Mrs. Betz two children were born: Louise Alice, at East Liverpool, Oct. 11, 1895, who is a graduate of East Liverpool High School and studied music at Beaver College, Beaver, Pa. She lives with her parents and is a member of the Helen Gould Club of East Liverpool; Wilbert Alvin, born at East Liverpool, Jan. 27, 1900, is a graduate of East Liverpool High School and attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, and engaged in business with his father as secretary and treasurer of The Jos. Beth Printing Company. He is a member of the East Liverpool Country Club. He was married Aug. 11, 1923, to Miss Margaret Elizabeth Kelley, a native of Wellsville, Ohio, born Jan. 13, 1900, the daughter of Charles H. and Ida (Lyon) Kelley. To Wilbert Alvin and Margaret Elizabeth (Kelley) Betz a daughter, Barbara Louise, was born Aug. 26, 1924 and died May 21, 1925. Wilbert Alvin Betz is a World War veteran, having served in the Student Army Training Corps at Pittsburgh.

Jos. Betz is identified with the Republican party in politics and has served the party in many ways for a long term of years. He was township treasurer for two years. He has been secretary and treasurer of the city hospital for the past 19 years. For nine years he has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a director of the St. Clair Land Company of East Liverpool, and belongs to the Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and East Liverpool Country Club. He served as president of the Kenilworth Country Club of Newell, W. Va., for three years. Mr. Beth served as a member of the local school board from 1908 until 1912 and during that time was active as a member of the building committees in the building program of Washington, Lincoln and Maplewood schools.

Mr. Betz and his family are representative of the best citizenship of Columbiana County.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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