Biography of Frank J. Kotz
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Frank J. Kotz, insurance specialist, is a reliable and successful business man of Shelby and Richland County. He was born at Windgap, Monroe County, Pa., Feb. 7, 1880, the son of Jacob and Mary Ann (Bitz) Kotz.

Jacob Kotz was a native of Northampton County, Pa., as was his wife. They were born in 1838 and 1840, respectively. The family remained in Pennsylvania until 1881, at which time they removed to Ohio and settled on a farm in Ripley Township, Huron County. Mr. Kotz purchased 123 acres of land and became a prosperous farmer and stockman. He retired in 1900 and was living at Plymouth at the time of his death in 1916. His wife died in 1924. Both are buried at Plymouth. Mr. Kotz was a Democrat, a member of the Lutheran Church, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were five children in the Kotz family, as follows: Elizabeth, married Jacob Snyder, lives at West Liberty; Emma, married Fred Beelman, lives at Shelby; Catherine, married William Bender, lives at Shelby; Ida A., married Charles Wentz, lives at Plymouth; and Frank J., the subject of this sketch.

Frank J. Kotz grew up on his father's farm in Ripley Township, Huron County, and attended the district school. He was interested in farming until 1908, at which time he came to Shelby and in partnership with Clyde Clark, he purchased the shoe business of Young & Arnold. In May, 1913, Mr. Kotz sold his share in the business to David Schriver, and in that year was appointed general manager of the Shelby Candy Company. He served in that capacity until 1924 and has since been interested in the real estate and insurance business. In January, 1929, Mr. Kotz became secretary and treasurer of the Richland Equity Fire Insurance Company. He also represents the following companies: Home Fire Insurance Co.; County Fire Ins. Co.; Liverpool, London, & Globe Fire Insurance Company; Merchants of Indiana Fire Insurance Company; North British Mercantile Insurance Company; Providence Washington Insurance Company; Queen Fire Insurance Company; Liberty Insurance Company; Standard Accident Insurance Company; and U. S. Fidelity & Guaranty Company. As a realtor, Mr. Kotz specializes in farm properties.

In 1900 Mr. Kotz married Miss Bertha McCormick, the daughter of David and Lydia McCormick, who were natives of Hayesville, Ohio. Both are deceased and are buried in Butler Township, Richland County. Mr. and Mrs. Kotz have three daughters: Gertrude Irene, a graduate of Western Reserve University, now a teacher in the Shelby public schools; Emma Frances, at home; and Donna Louise, a student.

The Kotz family hold membership in the Lutheran Church, and Mr. Kotz is a member of Shelby Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 350; Rotary Club, Shelby Country Club, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a Democrat in politics, having served as a member of the city council from 1911 until 1915, and again being elected in 1929.

Mr. Kotz was president of the Shelby School Board from 1923 until 1927, being a member of the board from 1919 until 1927. He was president at the time of the building of the new Shelby High School.

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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