Biography of Stephen P. Hartzell
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Stephen P. Hartzell. As president of the First National Bank of Wadsworth, Stephen P. Hartzell has been a prominent figure in the business life of Medina County and North Central Ohio for many years. He was born at Wind Gap, Pa., Dec. 1, 1857, the son of Samuel and Lydia (Heller) Hartzell.

The Hartzell family is of Swiss origin, and was first represented in the United States in 1732, when several members of the family settled in Bucks County, Pa. There is also a trace of German in the ancestry of the Hartzells, although they were residents of Switzerland for many years. Heinrich Hartzell is said to have been the first of his family to come to this country and he settled in Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pa. He is buried in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Indian Creek, near Telford, Pa. Jonas Hartzell, great grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born near Telford, Pa., in 1744. He had a family of seven sons and four daughters. One son, Solomon Hartzell, grandfather of our subject, was born near Telford, Pa., in 1744. He had a family of seven sons and Hartzell had three sons and six daughters, one son being Samuel Hartzell, who was the father of Stephen P. Hartzell. He was born at Wind Gap, Pa., in March, 1809, and was a weaver by trade. He died in 1871 and is buried in Northampton County, Pa. His wife, Lydia (Heller) Hartzell, was born in Lehigh County, Pa., in 1822, and died in February, 1867. Her ancestors, the Hellers, emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1738 and were early settlers of Lehigh County, Pa.

To Samuel and Lydia (Heller) Hartzell were born six children, as follows: 1. Sarah J., who died in 1870, was the wife of Owen Kresge, of Monroe County, Pa. 2. Thomas, retired, lives at Loyal Oak, Summit County, Ohio. 3. Amanda, who died in infancy. 4. John F., who died in 1879. 5. Stephen P., the subject of this sketch. 6. Anna M., who died in 1896, was the wife of Stephen Roe, of Stroudsburg, Pa.

Stephen P. Hartzell was reared in Pennsylvania and came to Medina County in 1877 and attended the district schools. He also studied at the Mennonite College in Wadsworth. As a young man he leaned the trade of bookbinder with the Beacon Publishing Company, of Akron, Ohio. After eight years he became interested in the grocery business at Akron, and later was identified with the Werner Printing Company, of Akron, with whom he remained for a period of 13 years. He then became a member of the board of fire underwriters as secretary. Mr. Hartzell also spent some time in Washington, D. C., with the government printing department, and for a time engaged in the real estate business in that city. He returned to Wadsworth in 1908, and at that time became a member of the real estate and insurance firm of Allen, Hartzell & Dibble. Mr. Hartzell has been practically retired from business since 1916 and devotes most of his time to banking interests. Since the organization of the First National Bank of Wadsworth in April, 1915, Mr. Hartzell has been identified with the institution. He served as vice president until 1928, and at that time became president. He is also financially interested in the Ohio Injector Company, of Wadsworth, the Ohio Salt Company, the Ohio Boxboard Company, and the Union Trust Company, of Cleveland.

Mr. Hartzell married Miss Cora F. Kremer, of Wadsworth, who was born here, Feb. 5, 1863, the daughter of John C. and Lydia Kremer, early settlers of Wadsworth. They have a son, Leslie K., who was born at Akron, Ohio, Dec. 15, 1894. He was educated in Washington, D. C., and Wadsworth, and spent two years at Heidelberg College. He also attended Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, and is now identified with the Babcock & Wilcox Company, of Barberton, Ohio, as a draftsman. He served throughout the World War. He married Miss Hattie Neff, of Wadsworth, who is the daughter of Clayton and Mary Neff. Mr. Neff lives retired at Wadsworth. His wife died in 1929. Mr. and Mrs. Hartzell have a daughter, Beatrice Mae, born May 6, 1930.

Mr. Hartzell has always been a Democrat. He is an active member of the Reformed Church of Wadsworth, and belongs to the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the National Association of Hartzells in America, who are descendants of the Ancient Feudal Clans Von Herzeele, Barons of the Reich.

From:
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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