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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 561
& Co. The firm began operations January 1, 1890, and are still in business, producing and selling at both wholesale and retail excellent brands of flour and feed of all kinds. Politically Mr. Wertz, like his father, is an ardent Republican. He has not been an office seeker, but was school director of Stony Creek township at one time. He is of the German Baptist Brethren church faith.
    Mr. Wertz was united in marriage, October 26, 1871, to Susan Strayer, daughter of John and Martha (Benshoff) Strayer, of Cambria county. The father died in the eighties, and the mother survives him and resides at Waterloo, Black Hawk county, Iowa, with her son, John E. Strayer. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Wertz are as follows: 1. Mary A. born 1872, married S. S. Blough, of Somerset county and lives at present in Pittsburg,Pennsylvania. 2. Martha, born 1873, married C. T. Noffsinger and resides in Stony Creek township, Cambria county. 3. Alvin, born 1875, single. 4. Elizabeth, born 1877, single and at home. 5. George B., born 1879, single and at home. 6. Henry E., born 1880, married Edna Reese, of Johnstown. 7. W. Clay, born 1882, single and at home. 8. Roy G., born 1884, single and at home. 9. Elda O.; born 1887, single, at home, attended the township schools and the Juniata College of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth, Clay and George are graduates from this educational institution. Henry E., graduated from the School of Pharmacy at Philadelpha in 1904, and as at present manager of the Kirkendahl drug store at Johnstown, on Washington street. Alvin is assisting in his father's mill. George is a bookkeeper for C. A. Young & Company at Johnstown. Clay is in the drawing room of the Cambria Steel Company (car department). Roy is still intending to further attend school. Elizabeth teaches at Conemaugh.
    John A. Wertz, the industrious father, is among the truly well respected business factors of the Flood City, and is giving all of his children good educational advantages.
    (V) George Munson Wertz, son of Jacob and Mary (Hoffman) Wertz, was born January 19, 1856, at Ball Hill, on the old homestead, where many generations of the Wertz family had been reared. He was educated in the public schools of his home township, later attended the Ebensburg Academy and also attended the college at Lebanon, Ohio. He followed teaching and farming in Cambria county until 1881, when he commenced to farm on his own account, continuing until 1898 on a part of the old Wertz homestead, which was subdivided at the death of his father. In the autumn of 1897 Mr. Wertz was elected sheriff of his county, on the Republican ticket; he then removed to the county seat Ebensburg and returned to Johnstown in July 1902, purchasing property on Ohio street, Moxham (suburb to Johnstown), and lived there two years, after which he removed to No. 437 Park avenue, where he now possesses a delightful and valuable home residence, costing about


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