Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897
[p. 154] is a flourishing business man of Ellwood City, and conducts a well-patronized market for the sale of high grade meats of all kinds. He was born in the borough of Mahoningtown, Lawrence County, Jan. 25, 1865, and was a son of Andrew and Margaret (Bolinger) Weitz.
Andrew Weitz was born in Dornassenheim, Province of Nassau, Germany, April 17, 1834. He came to America about 1850, sailing from the port of Bremen to New York City, and settled in Mahoningtown, whither his brother George had preceded him. They kept a meat shop in Mahoningtown for seven years, when Andrew sold his share in the business, and moved to New Castle, where he opened a saloon; but after a year he quit that business, and went into the meat business again in Mahoningtown, where he remained until 1865, when he removed to Clinton, Beaver Co., Pa., where his death took place Jan. 1, 1883. Peter Weitz, the grandfather of the present business man, owned a large farm in the Fatherland, and his three sons came to AmericaGeorge, William and Andrew. Andrew Weitz was married April 28, 1857, to Margaret Bolinger, also of pure German parentage, and a daughter of Michael and Barbara (Staff) Bolinger. Mrs. Weitz is still living in Wampum, this county, in comfortable circtimstances, for her husband was a successful and prosperous citizen, and laid by considerable property. Their children were: Lizzie, who married Frank Vogt of Massillon, Ohio; John G. of Wampum; Lewis H., also of Wampum; Frank, the subject of this article; Charley, deceased; Emma, who married Dr. L. Wilson of Wampum; and Andrew, an esteemed citizen of Wampum.
Frank Wetiz [sic] succeeded his father in the meat business, as he had served an apprenticeship from the age of fourteen, and established himself at Wampum, from which point he sent a wagon through the country and built up a good trade at Hazel Dell and the surrounding towns and villages. When Ellwood City was incorporated and laid out as a city, Mr. Weitz saw a good opening for a wide-awake man, and in 1891 with characteristic energy he built a house and store, which was unfortunately destroyed by fire in the following year. Undaunted by the loss, Mr. Weitz rebuilt on the site, and the present structure is a two-story affair, containing the market on the ground floor, and living rooms above. Mr. Weitz has a good trade, and faithfully and zealously does his part in aiding the growth of the city, and in developing its varied interests. His market is always the acme of neatness and inviting to the most fastidious, who seek for choice morsels to satisfy their palates. He keps [sic] a fine variety of meats, both fresh and salted, fish and everything that pertains to his business. Mr. Weitz is a Democrat and his family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Weitz married Lizzie Stewart, daughter of William Stewart of Petersburg, Ohio, and they have a daughter, Ruth, who was born April 17, 1893. Mr. Weitz and his good wife have the respect and good will of all who know them. He is a member of the junior O. U. A. M. of Ellwood City, Pa.
Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897
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