Biography of John W. Getz
North Central Ohio Biographies

John W. Getz. Among the leading and highly successful business men of Loudonville is Mr. Getz, who is proprietor of the Getz Monumental Works. He was born at Millersburg, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1878, the son of John and Margaret (Culler) Getz.

John Getz was a native of Germany. When a young man he came to this country with his parents and they settled at Berlin, Holmes County, Ohio, where Mr. Getz remained until 1879. He then removed to Fredericktown, and engaged in the monumental business for a period of 17 years. From 1896 until the time of his death in July, 1905, Mr. Getz conducted a business at Loudonville, being the founder of the Getz Monumental Works in this city. His wife was born in Holmes County, Ohio, and died in 1928. Both are buried at Loudonville. Their children were: Edward, lives at Loudonville; Anna, married Walter Adams, lives at South Bend, Ind.; Grace, lives at Loudonville; Irma, married Joseph Ritchie, lives at Mansfield; John W., the subject of this sketch; Mabel Buchanan, lives at Mansfield.

The boyhood of John W. Getz was spent at Fredericktown, Ohio, and he attended the public schools. Throughout his business career he has been interested in the business which was established by his father in Loudonville, and became a partner in the enterprise in 1903. Since the death of his father in 1905 Mr. Getz has conducted the business alone. It is located at Butler and Market streets, and Mr. Getz carries one of the finest displays of monumental works and marbles to be found anywhere in this part of the State.

On June 27, 1907, Mr. Getz was united in marriage with Miss Clara Henley, of Loudonville, the daughter of Gregory C. and Anna Jane (Buckingham) Henley. A complete sketch of Mr. Henley appears elsewhere in this history. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Getz: 1. Barbara Isabelle, born Feb. 19, 1909, a graduate of Loudonville High School, and valedictorian of the class of 1926. She is a graduate nurse of St. Vincent's Hospital, Toledo, Ohio, and is now engaged in private nursing in Mansfield. 2. Charles Joseph, born Oct. 28, 1914, attends Loudonville High School, class of 1931. He is prominent in school athletics.

Politically, Mr. Getz is a Democrat. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, and is a life member of the National Rifle Association and also belongs to the Ashland Rifle Club.

During the Spanish American War Mr. Getz served as a member of Company H, Eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and saw active service in Cuba.

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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