Biography - John J. Fritz

JOHN J. FRITZ. In this gentleman we are pleased to call to the notice of our readers, one of the most prominent of the German American citizens of Ridge Township, Shelby County. He is thoroughly German in his sturdy industry, integrity and thrift, and American in his determination to make this land of freedom a happy home for himself and his posterity. His excellent farm bears the marks of thorough culture and good management, and the neatness and convenience of the buildings are a compliment to the owner which is more effective than words.

John Jacob Fritz, Sr., the father of our subject, was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, and came to this country and died in Ridge Township. His wife bore the maiden name of Rosanna Clay, who was also a native of Wurtemberg, and she also passed away in this township. Of their twelve children, our subject was the third in order of age, being born in Wurtemberg, Germany, March 19, 1833, and emigrating at the very early age of four weeks to a new world. They first settled in Lancaster County, Pa., and there made their home for three years, after which they went to Ohio, and lived in Morgan County, until a short time before their death, when they removed to Shelby County, Ill.

He of whom we write, lived at home until he was eighteen years old, and then removed to Fairfield County, Ohio, and worked upon a farm until he came to Shelby County, in the fall of 1860. He then rented the land which he now owns in Ridge Township, and brought on his wife to whom he had been united in Fairfield County, Ohio, in February, 1858. Her maiden name was Barbara Sauder, and she was born in Wayne County, Ohio, in September, 1841. After five years of renting, the young man purchased two hundred and twenty acres and he has now as fine an improved farm as is to be found in the township, upon which he has erected a good house and other excellent farm buildings. His farm has been increased from time to time by purchase until it now comprises six hundred and sixty acres.

Mr. and Mrs. Fritz lost two sons, William and Simon, in infancy. Those who survive are: John B. who married Emma Eversole; Lizzie, the wife of Clinton Eversole; James; Ella, who married Charles Beery; Edward, Samuel, and Charles B. The parents are members of the Evangelical Association in which Mr. Fritz has filled the offices of Steward, Trustee and Class-Leader. His political views incline him to believe that in the principles of the Democratic party are to be found the best governmental ideas. He has officiated as Highway Commissioner and as School Director and in both capacities has served faithfully and efficiently.

Extracted 17 Aug 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 698

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