Biography of Adolph Fritz
Columbiana County, OH

Adolph Fritz, who lives retired in East Liverpool, is a veteran of the Civil War and ranks among the successful and well known pioneer business men of Columbiana County. He was born in Germany, June 11, 1837, and is the son of Frederick and Katherine (Hummel) Fritz.

The Fritz family came to this country from Germany in 1845 and lived for some time in Pittsburgh, coming to East Liverpool in 1854. Frederick Fritz was a stone mason by trade. He and his wife are deceased and buried in Riverview Cemetery. They were the parents of three children: Ferdinand and Mary, both deceased; and Adolph, the subject of this sketch.

Adolph Fritz was educated in the public schools of Pittsburgh, Pa., and studied architecture in Pittsburgh. He also learned the cabinet maker's trade and was a carpenter. In 1856 he began his business career and became one of the leading architects in the building of local potteries. In 1871 Mr. Fritz organized the Fritz-McClure Pottery Company, with the following men: M. W. McClure, John and Patrick McNicol, William Burton, Sr., William Burton, Jr., and John Dover. They became widely known manufacturers of yellow and rock pottery. In 1909 Mr. Fritz retired from active business. The above mentioned business changed hands many years ago and became the McNicol Burton Company. It is now known as the D. E. McNicol Pottery Company and ranks among the leading industries of its kind in Columbiana County.

During the Civil War Mr. Fritz served as a member of Company I, 143rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and participated in many important battles of the war.

Mr. Fritz was married first to Miss Sarah Ann McClure, of East Liverpool. A number of years after her death he was married to Miss Mary Shenkel, also deceased.

Politically, Mr. Fritz is identified with the Republican party. He holds membership in the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Grand Army of the Republic. He has always been a progressive citizen and merits the esteem in which he is held throughout the community.

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

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