P. A. Lantzy, well known secretary of the Spangler School Board, represents one of the very earliest families
of Cambria County. He was born in Barr Township, July 6, 1883, and is a son of John D. and Mary (Miller) Lantzy.
John D. Lantzy was born in Carroll Township, Cambria County, June 24, 1855, the son of Joseph and Mary Ann (Bagley)
Lantzy. Joseph Lantzy was born in Schuylkill County, Pa., Jan. 13, 1823, the son of Joseph and Ersilla (Bitters)
Lantzy. Joseph Lantzy was born in Switzerland in 1780, and in 1817 emigrated to the United States, settling in
Luzerne County, Pa. In 1826 he moved to Cambria County and settled near the present site of Spangler. He was a
member of the Catholic Church. His son, Joseph, was about four years old when! his parents moved to Cambria County.
The old Lantzy homestead remained in the family until 1919, when it was sold to the Watkins Coal Company. Joseph
Lantzy was married Nov. 30, 1840, to Mary Ann Bagley, and their children were: William A., Susan, John D., father
of the subject of this sketch; Simon P., Michael, Anna, Agnes J., and Francis C.
John D. Lantzy attended the district schools of Carroll Township and engaged in farming on the home place until
1919, when the place was sold. He has since lived retired at Spangler. Mr. Lantzy was also interested in the lumber
business during his active career and operated a large saw mill on his farm, specializing in the making of mine
props, ties, and cross bars. He is a Democrat and has served as constable of Barr Township for 12 years. He is
a member of the Catholic Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Lantzy 13 children were born, as follows: Mary Bertha, at home;
P. A., the subject of this sketch; Annie, married Peter Lieb, lives at Nicktown, and they had eight children, Edna,
Helen, Ruth, John, Grace, Alma, Herman, and Mary; S. L., retired banker, lives at Spangler, married Della McAnulty,
and they have four children, Neil, Robert, David Lloyd, deceased, and Joseph; A. C., lives at home, is a veteran
of the World war, having served in France with the Three Hundred Eighteenth Infantry and was wounded at the battle
of Saint Mihiel; Norbert F., married Alma Kirkpatrick, lives at Heliwood, Pa., and they have two children, Edna
Mae and Camilla; Coletto O., and Viola P., at home; Lucinda, Joseph, Dennis, and two infant children, all of whom
P. A. Lantzy spent his boyhood in Barr Township and was educated in the public schools. He then entered the employ
of I. A. Boucher & Company, Spangler, in a clerical capacity, and in 1902 became associated with the Walnut
Coal Company. From 1906 until 1918 he was employed by the C. R. Jones Company, after which he was connected with
the Peerless Biscuit Company of Pittsburgh until 1924, when he became affiliated with W. E. Johnson & Company
of Johnstown. He is still connected with this concern as a salesman.
In November, 1911, Mr. Lantzy was elected as a member of the school board and since that time has served as secretary.
On June 23, 1908, Mr. Lantzy was united in marriage with Miss Bridget Murrin, the daughter of Edward and Mary (O'Donnell)
Murrin. Mr. Murrin was born at Beaver Meadows, Pa., and died in June, 1912. His widow, a native of Ireland, resides
at Freeland, Pa. They had six children: Mary, the widow of John L. McNelis, lives at Spangler; Catherine, married
Hugh McDwyer, lives at Freeland, Pa.; Isabel, married Frank H. McHugh, who was city engineer of Philadelphia; Stephen,
deceased; Clara, married Michael McMonigal, lives, at Hazelton, Pa.; and Mrs. Lantzy. To P A and Bridget (Murrin)
Lantzy four children were born Pius A, Jr, born Aug. 26, 1909; Joseph, born March 10, 1911, died June 25, 1911;
John F., born Feb. 14, 1913; and Catherine Delores, born Sept. 13, 1915.
Mr. Lantzy is a Democrat, a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus (fourth degree), Elks
Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, and also a member of the United Commercial Travelers No. 303, Johnstown, Pa. He is
a director of the Keystone Bank and was one of its organizers. Mr. Lantzy ranks as one of the dependable citizens
of the community.
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
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