Posted by Cambria County on Thu, 11 May 2000
Surname: BEARERS, BETTERS, CONN, ECKENRODE, GIGGEY, GRAY, KLINE, LANTZY, NEASON, WHITEHEAD
Mr. John LANTZY, now living a retired life near Hastings, has been identified with many important enterprises, and for a period of fifty years wielded an extended influence in the business interests of the communities in which he resided. He is a son of Joseph and Mary Ursula (nee BETTERS) LANTZY, and was born in Barr, then Sesquehanna, township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, March 24, 1827.
Joseph LANTZY was a native of Canton, Organ, Switzerland. He was born in 1775, received a fair education, and followed farming until 1810, when he came to Philadelphia, which he soon left to settle in Lancaster county. Sixteen years later he removed from his Lancaster county home to Susquehanna township, this county, where he purchased one hundred acres of woodland off the Fisher tract. He was one of the pioneer farmers of his section, and after clearing up his land, he bought an additional one hundred acres, owning at the time of his death a two hundred acre farm of fertile and productive land. Mr LANTZY prospered as a farmer, and was highly respected as a man, a neighbor and a citizen. He was a consistent member and a constant attendant of the Catholic church, in whose faith he had been nurtured and taught. His toils of life ceased on February 20, 1889, when his spirit left its earth clay casket, and passed to the invisible world. His remains were interred in the Carroll cemetery.
Joseph LANTZY, while on shipboard, coming over to America, formed the aquaintance of Mary Ursula BETTERS, a girl, who he married shortly after arriving at Philadelphia. Their union was blessed with nine children, four sons and five daughters: Elizabeth, widow of Henry GRAY; Susan married Philip GRAY, and now deceased; Joseph, residing on the home farm; John, whose name heads this sketch; Mary Ann, wife of Daniel ECKENRODE,a well situated farmer of Allegheny township; Ambrose, a farmer of Susquehanna township; Matilda wedded Augustus ECKENRODE, and is now deceased; and Philip, who enlisted in the Union army, and was killed at the battle of Antietam, in 1863.
John LANTZY passed his boyhood days on his father's farm, and at the early age of sixteen years commenced life for himself as a farmer, which vocation he followed for ten years. From farming he went to millwrighting, in which he was engaged for a period of twelve years, and then embarked in timber contracting, which he followed for fifteen years. During the time he was in the timber business, he invested his earnings judiciously in timber and coal lands in Carroll and Elder townships, which he cleared up, cutting, rafting, and otherwise disposing of all the timber. As fast as he cleared his land, he sold or exchanged it to good advantage, and being an energetic, enterprising and practical business man, he has in his variouis and numerous transactions, extending over a period of half a century, accumulated an ample competency, that is the just reward of honorable and honest enterprises. He retired from active business life in 1888, and six years later removed to his present farm in Susquehanna township, from his farm in Elder township, where he had resided continuously for thirty-five years. While practically retired from active business, yet characteristic of his energetic nature, he takes quite an interest in keeping up and improving his various farms, that rank high in value and productiveness.
On June 10, 1847, Mr. LANTZY was married by Father GALLAGHER, at Loretta, to Mary WHITEHEAD, who is a daughter of Edward Taylor WHITEHEAD, formerly of Huntingdon county, but then a resident of Susquehanna township. The children born to their union were: Joseph, a farmer on the Elder township home farm; John, now farming in Linn county, Oregon; Mary Jane, wife of Simeon KLINE, a farmer of Carroll township; William Edward, engaged in farming in Susquehanna township; James; Henry and Francis Anthony, who are both deceased; Margaret Matilda, wife of Michael KLINE, a resident of Susquehanna township; Andrew, a wholesale liquor dealer and prominent business man of Hastings; Philip, a farmer of Linn county, Oregon, David Albert, now farming in Susquehanna township; George Iredon, now deceased; Rachel Elizabeth, wife of Samuel GIGGEY, a farmer of Aroostook county, Maine; Barbara Elmira, wedded William CONN, of Philadelphia; Sarah Matilda, now deceased; Lucinda Agnes, wife of Burt NEASON, of Altoona, this State; and Emma Ann, wife of George BEARERS, of Bennett, this State.
In his political belief Mr LANTZY is a declared democrat, being active in the promotion of the interests of his party and its success. He has served three terms as justice of the peace, and is now serving on his fourth term, being elected the last time in the spring of 1896. Squire LANTZY was reared in the faith of the Catholic church, of which he is an active, influential and useful member. He is a pleasant and affable gentlemen, justly popular with all with whom he comes in contact, and has achieved a marked success in lines of business where many others only met disaster or ruin.
Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, p. 155-156