Biography of Frank B. Hartzler
North Central Ohio Biographies

Frank B. Hartzler, of Smithville, is recognized as one of the dependable and substantial business men of Wayne County, being identified with the D. M. Hartzler & Son Lumber Company. He was born in Milton Township, Wayne County, Dec. 24, 1885, the son of David M. and Mary (Berkey) Hartzler.

David M. Hartzler, deceased, was a representative citizen of Wayne County, where he spent his entire life. He was born in Green Township, April 12, 1854. He lived in that township until 1876 when his parents removed to Milton Township, and Mr. Hartzler engaged in general farming until 1913, at which time he purchased the lumber business of C. J. Miller, at Smithville, which had been established by him in 1881. Mr. Hartzler was identified with the enterprise, known as the D. M. Hartzler & Son Lumber Company, until his death, Oct. 17, 1927. He is buried in Union Paradise Cemetery, Green Township. David M. Hartzler was the son of Levi Hartzler, who was a native of Mifflin County, Pa., who was born in 1821 and died June 1, 1900. He was six years old when his parents came to Ohio and settled in Green Township, Wayne County. He had three sons: David M., father of the subject of this sketch; Joseph R., deceased; and Peter J., lives at Smithville. The Hartzlers are descended from John Hartzler, who came to the United States from Switzerland in 1749 and settled in Pennsylvania.

Mary (Berkey) Hartzler was born near Smithville, April 3, 1856, and died July 19, 1909. She was the daughter of Andrew Berkey, who came to this country from Alsace-Lorraine in 1828, and settled on a farm just west of Smithville in Wayne County, being one of the prominent pioneers of this section. He died in 1889. Their children were: Jacob, deceased; Nancy, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Mary Hartzler, married David M. Hartzler, deceased; John, lives in Milton Township; and Andrew, who died in 1905.

To David M. and Mary (Berkey) Hartzler were born three children: Frank B., the subject of this sketch; Harry, born Oct. 22, 1888, lives in Milton Township; and Emma, born Feb. 21, 1894, married E. C. Crider, lives at Smithville.

Frank B. Hartzler attended the district schools of Milton Township and is a graduate of Smithville High School, class of 1906. He taught school for seven years in Wayne County, and since 1913 has been interested in the lumber business at Smithville. He is also a director of the Farmers & Merchants Bank. The lumber business now known as D. M. Hartzler & Son Company, as mentioned above, was established in 1881 by C. J. Miller. The present lumber yards and plant, erected by Mr. Hartzler, are of modern construction and have a floor space of 23,500 square feet. The firm deals in lumber, builders' supplies, doors, windows, mill work, etc.

On June 2, 1912, Mr. Hartzler was united in marriage with Miss Odessa Fetter, who was born in Wayne Township, Wayne County, the daughter of John and Mary (Coffman) Fetter. The former is deceased and the latter lives in Wayne Township. To Mr. and Mrs. Hartzler were born three children: Mary LaVonne, born March 13, 1916, attends Smithville High School; Martha, born April 13, 1920; and Robert David, born April 13, 1926.

Politically, Mr. Hartzler is a Republican. He has served as a member of the village council for ten years. Mr. Hartzler and his family hold membership in the Brethren Church, of Smithville.

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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