Biography of George D. Kantz
Clearfield County, PA Biographies





GEORGE D. KANTZ, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Burnside township, where he is engaged. in farming on 109 acres of land, and in lumbering, was born on the old Kantz homestead, at the locality known as Slabtown, this county, August 2, 1856, a son of John and Sarah (Baker) Kantz. His paternal grandfather, John Kantz, Sr., was a native of Germany, who came to this country and died in Indiana county, Pa.

John Kantz, Jr., father of our sub]ect, was born in Columbia county, Pa., in 1818. He resided for a time in Lancaster county and afterwards in Indiana county, coming to Clearfield county about 1848. Settling in Burnside township, he engaged here in lumbering, rafting his product to market. He continued in this line of industry until 1857, at which time he settled on the present Kantz homestead, or rather on the site, which he cleared and developed in to a good farm. His wife, Sarah Baker Kantz, was born in Snyder, Pa., in February, 1818, a daughter of Philip Baker, who was a pioneer of that county, the section in which he resided, however, being then known as Marion county. She survived her husband, dying in 1892, while his death took place in 1884. Their family consisted of six children, namely: Philip, now living retired at Clearfield, Pa.; Susanna, who is deceased; Reuben B., a farmer residing in Burnside township; Emma, the widow of John Irwin, now residing in Tacoma, Wash.; Annie, wife of S. Hileman, residing in Tacoma, Wash.; and George Daniel, the subject of this sketch.

George Daniel Kantz attended school but a short time in his boyhood, as there were but four months of free school a year at that time. At the age of eleven years he began to help his father in lumbering, driving a team, making square timber, and cutting logs, and in the spring seasons helping to raft up this square timber and running it down the Susquehanna river to the markets of Lock Haven, Williamsport and Marietta, and in the summer time being engaged in farming. At the age of seventeen he became a pilot on the Susquehanna river. He continued to work for his father in this way until he became of age, at the age of twenty one becoming his father's partner, they working together in this way until 1882. Mr. Kantz then bought the homestead of his father, the latter retiring and making his home with our subject, with whom he resided for the rest of his days, as did also our subject's mother. George D. Kantz continued lumbering until 1903, but which time the virgin pine, hemlock and oak was all cut and run to market. Since then he has been heavily interested in mining timber, such as motor ties, bank ties and props, railroad ties and sawed lumber.

Mr. Kantz married Marietta Lutz, of Lancaster county, Pa. She was born September 20, 1855, a daughter of Samuel Parker and Jane (Scott) Lutz. Her father, who was a cabinet maker by trade, later became superintendent of various manufacturing concerns. He died January 21, 1910, at the age of eighty two years. His wife died in 1860, at the age of thirty two. She was a daughter of James and Sarah (Leader) Scott, of Lancaster county, the former of whom died in 1858, at the age of seventy five, and the latter in 1870 at the age of eighty years. James Scott for many years was proprietor of an old inn on the Pike road in Lancaster county, known as the Brink Inn, he being also in charge of the toll gate there. Grandfather Jacob Lutz died in 1856 at the age of seventy years. He was a carpenter by trade.

Mrs. Kantz at the time of the Civil war, when her father was absent fighting for the Union, was brought with two other members of her parents' family to Clearfield county, and was reared at McGee's Mills by a family named Sunderland, their mother having died, as before mentioned, in 1860. After the Lather's return from the war he found himself unable to locate his family, and it was not until several years afterwards that he finally found them. Mrs. Kantz has one brother living, Carson Lutz, who is engaged in mining and truck farming at Glen Campbell.

Mr. Kantz is an active, enterprising citizen. He is a Republican in politics and has performed active service for his party. He has held several local offices, having served as township treasurer and as a member of local committees. He belongs to the United Brethren church.


Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).

From:
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911

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