Biography of Charles M. Lantz
North Central Ohio Biographies

Charles M. Lantz is prominent among the substantial citizens of Mansfield, where he is secretary and manager of the Independent Grocers Institute Incorporated, with offices in the Richland Trust Building. He was born at Nashville, Mich., Aug. 12, 1867, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Josephine (Smith) Lantz.

Benjamin Franklin Lantz was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born at Bellville, Ohio, in 1840. He was a shoemaker by trade and for a number of years engaged in the manufacture of shoes at Nashville, Mich. Later, he located at Mansfield, and from there went to Lexington, Ohio, where he manufactured shoes on a comparatively large scale. He died there in 1922 and his wife, also born at Bellville, Ohio, died in 1904. Both are buried at Lexington. Mr. Lantz had served two enlistments during the Civil War, and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a Democrat and belonged to the Presbyterian Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Lantz were born five sons: Frank, lives at Toledo, Ohio; William, lives at Indianapolis, Ind.; Charles M., the subject of this sketch; Harry, who died in 1905; and Clyde, an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad, lives at Mansfield.

Charles M. Lantz grew up in Lexington, Ohio, and attended the public schols. After his graduation from high school he clerked in a Lexington grocery store for a time and in 1889 came to Mansfield, where he spent five years in the grocery store of Roy Antibus. He purchased the bankrupt grocery stock in 1894, and continued in the grocery business until his retirement in 1924. In 1913 Mr. Lantz erected a store building. He disposed of his business to Blair & Koogle, after ranking as Mansfield's leading grocer for 30 years. He now has extensive real estate holdings in the city. Mr. Lantz was elected secretary and manager of the Independent Grocers Institute, Incorporated, in March, 1930. This organization promotes the welfare of independent grocers and has proven most successful in its efforts.

Mr. Lantz married Miss Miriam Williams, the daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Williams, natives of Ohio, both now deceased. They are buried at Lexington. Mr. Williams served throughout the Civil War and lived to the advanced age of 92 years. For many years he served as superintendent of the Lexington Cemetery Association. Mr. and Mrs. Lantz have a son, Lyman, who is interested in the real estate business in Mansfield. He married Miss Nellie Krebs, of Mansfield.

Mr. Lantz has always been a Democrat and served for one term as a member of the city council. He 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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