Lee County Biography


Henry W. Reitz, who was born June 20, 1860, a son of Adam and Barbara Reitz, now lives retired on his excellent farm located on section 34, Ashton township, Lee county, the operation of which he leaves to his oldest son, John A., whose career is recorded under a separate caption. Mr. Reitz of this review remained under the parental roof until twenty-four years of age, when he married Miss Mollie Ventler. He enjoyed a common-school education and when young became well acquainted with such agricultural methods as lead to success. He made good use of his knowledge and brought his farm holdings to a high state of cultivation before he turned over the actual management of his land to his son, although he still resides upon his farm, having, however, largely withdrawn from the active work connected therewith. After his marriage he engaged in farming, buying the property upon which he yet lives and which comprises one hundred and sixty acres. He gave his sole attention to improving this land and placing thereupon modern equipment, and as profits resulted he acquired more property, now owning three hundred and eighty acres. Two sets of buildings can be found upon his land and all of these are in the best state of repair.

To Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Reitz were born four children: John A., Emma B., Lilly M. and Harvey A. Mr. and Mrs. Reitz are members of the Lutheran church and politically the former is a republican. He has always interested himself in the progress and advancement of the township and county and has served for some time as a road commissioner. Mr. and Mrs. Reitz are highly esteemed by all who know them and enjoy the confidence and goodwill of their friends and neighbors. A. F.

Transcribed by Karen Holt History of Lee County - Frank E. Stevens 1914


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