Biography of James C. Fetzer
North Central Ohio Biographies

James C. Fetzer, who is successfully engaged in the real estate and insurance business in Wooster, with offices at 216 East Liberty Street, is a representative citizen of Wayne County. He was born in Chester Township, Wayne County, Oct. 1, 1877, the son of Jonathan and Rebecca (Brinkerhoff) Fetzer.

Jonathan Fetzer was born in Canaan Township, Wayne County, in 1847. Until his retirement in 1915 he owned and operated a large farm in Chester Township. He had been a resident of Wooster since 1915. He died Aug. 18, 1930, and is buried in Wooster Cemetery. His wife, born in Canaan Township, in 1847, died in 1927, and is buried in Wooster. Mr. Fetzer was a Democrat and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

The Fetzer family were among the first settlers of Wayne County, having come to Canaan Township in 1832. Jonathan Fetzer is the son of Frederick and Alutia Anna (Hoff) Fetzer. His paternal grandparents were Barnhart and Magdalena Fetzer, of Berne, Switzerland, who came to Wayne County, as mentioned above, in 1832, and entered government land. The maternal grandparents of Jonathan Fetzer were Jacob and Elizabeth Hoff, who came to Wayne County from Pennsylvania in 1830. The Hoffs settled in Milton Township.

To Jonathan and Rebecca (Brinkerhoff) Fetzer were born ten children, nine of whom survive: Charles E., lives at Wooster; Blanche, married D. J. Grill, lives at Wooster; Ellen A., married A. W. Bucher, lives in Wayne County; R. C., lives at Overton, Ohio; James C., the subject of this sketch; Mary, Martha and Chloe, all unmarried, live at Wooster; Bessie, married Lewis Armstrong, lives at Wooster.

James C. Fetzer attended the district schools of Chester Township and engaged in general farming and stockraising with his father until 1900. He was then employed as a clerk in the Harding Hardware Store at Wooster for a period of four years, after which he became interested in the real estate business in this city. For 14 years Mr. Fetzer was recognized as one of the leading real estate men of the city, but in 1920, became interested in the hardware business. Nine years later he sold his store to Schrader-Fisher Company, of Wooster, and at that time assumed his former real estate activities. He also handles general insurance.

On June 6, 1905, Mr. Fetzer was united in marriage with Miss Maud Geitgey, who was born in Wooster, Oct. 25, 1882, the daughter of Jacob and Jemesina (Smith) Geitgey, both deceased. Mr. Geitgey was prominent for many years in Wooster as a furniture dealer. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Fetzer: Lewis E., born May 24, 1912, died Nov. 10, 1920; Ruth, born June 8, 1914, attends Wooster High School; and Jean Louis, born July 5, 1923.

Mr. Fetzer is a Democrat in politics, holds membership in the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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