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eleven thousand dollars. It has been greatly improved by him and now has the advantages of modern fixtures, including electric lights, steam heat, etc. When he first moved to Johnstown Mr. Wertz had planned to engage in the real estate or other business, but was soon offered a permanent position with the Cambria Steel Company, he being connected with important matters over which the general offices have charge. His ability both in a business sense and in a political way had made his services valued by the management of this great steel company, who offered him inducements sufficient to warrant his not engaging in business for himself exclusively, as he had planned. It goes without saying that his services have been highly appreciated by this corporation, and he is still in its employ and confided in regarding many matters relating to their large business interests in Cambria and adjoining counties.
In politics Mr. Wertz is an outspoken, fearless supporter of the principles of the Republican party, in which he has been an ardent and highly successful worker, both in county and state politics. In 1894-5-6 he served as county commissioner of Cambria county, and was sheriff from January, 1898, to 1901. He has been through several heated campaigns, had much to do with the politics of his county, and in all this activity has proven himself every inch a man of integrity and honor, both to party and to the people. He is connected with several societies, including the Masonic fraternity—Blue Lodge, chapter and commandery; also is a member of the Johnstown Elks.
He was united in marriage, January 12, 1881, at the Methodist parsonage of Rev. A. O. Emerson, of Conemaugh, to Louise Glitsch, daughter of Casper and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Glitsch. Her parents, both of whom are deceased, were natives of Germany, where they were married, coming to this country and settling in Johnstown at an early day; the father was a machinist by trade and was employed at the Cambria Iron Company; also carried on a market garden business on land now all built up with residences and business houses. Mrs. Wertz is one of ten children; she was born at Johnstown and educated at the public schools. The children of this union are: Carl, Zitella B., Ada O., Amelia L., J. Elbert, and C. Herbert (twins). Ada O. is attending Vassar College; Zitella graduated from the Ebensburg high school, and the twins are in the grammar school at Johnstown.
Mr. Wertz has been a very active man for many years, and has succeeded remarkably in many of his undertakings. He is a lover of home and kindred, and wishes all mankind well. He is of an inquiring mind and of a positive, yet thoroughly reliable, type of manhood. He is a great reader of human nature and a well read man. He has written on various subjects for the press at different times. But his success has been achieved mostly as a keen, far-seeing business man.