Lee County Biography

BENJAMIN F. FRANTZ


BENJAMIN F. FRANTZ
Paw Paw, Ill., son of Joseph and Charlotte (Pike) Frantz, was born at "The Cove," Alleghany County, Md., Oct. 29, 1848. In 1859 his family removed to Somerset County, Penn., and in 1866, to Princeton, Ill., where Mr. Frantz was engaged with his brother, A.J. Frantz, in agricultural pursuits for a number of years, when moving to Paw Paw in 1873, he later entered the "Teachers' Institute and Classical Seminary," where he finally graduated with his classmates, Frank Stevens, Sadie Van Patten and Anna Flewellen, June 10, 1881. During his connection with the Seminary he taught several terms in district schools in De Kalb and Lee Counties, and in the spring of 1882 was chosen Principal of the Paw Paw public school. On August 23, 1882, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Taylor, daughter of Thomas G. and Lucy (Moysey) Taylor, and with his wife continued teaching together in the Paw Paw school for one year. Mr. Frantz then engaged with his father in the sale of buggies, harness and agricultural implements, which they carried on successfully until 1890, when his father having retired on account of advancing years, the son assumed the entire responsibility of the business, conducting it alone for two years. He then turned his attention to the real estate and general mercantile business, in which he has been engaged to the present time. In the spring of 1893, W.B. McMahon surveyed and platted for Mr. Frantz what is known as "The Frantz Grove Cemetery," located about a half-mile south of Paw Paw, and containing about nine acres of ground, which has been improved and beautified until it is now one of the most beautiful and attractive "cities of the dead" in this part of the country. The cemetery grounds include a handsome grove, where Decoration Day exercises in honor of the soldiers of the Civil War are held annually. During the same year (1893) Mr. McMahon also surveyed and platted for Mr. Frantz the "Frantz Addition to Paw Paw." Mr. Frantz is a member of the Board of Directors of the State Bank of Paw Paw, holds the office of Deacon of the Methodist Episcopal church, and fraternally is a member of the Knights of the Globe and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His family consists of his wife and one daughter--Eula Mae.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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