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|John Lorenz, Sr.|
August 11, 1932
courtesy of Jo House
|John Lorenz, Sr., Odd Fellow 62 Years|
John Lorenz, sr., 88, one of our most respected citizens, is a native of Niederhausen, Rhenish, Prussia, and came to
this country in 1857 when 13 years old with his parents, landing in New York. They made their first stop at Iron
Mountain and later went to Farmington, Mo. Mr. Lorenz did not fight in the Civil war, but he was held captive a week
in those stirring times when the Confederates raided Farmington and took all the men of that place to Fredericktown.
Enroute, Mr. Lorenz slept under the shelter of a tree and caught cold, followed by a severe illness and impairment of
his health for years. The salubrious climate of Wisconsin agreed with him, however, and he was completely restored
to health. Mr. Lorenz and brother Philip married sisters, Mary and Louise Nieder. He and John Iseman, a citizen of
Farmington, were married on the same day, April 18, 1872. The latter frequently called on the Lorenz family here, his
last visit being on Mr. Lorenz's birthday, Sept. 21, 1931, when he remained for three days. Two weeks later the faithful
friend passed away. Years ago Mr. Lorenz made a trip to Germany, visiting his old haunts.
The Lorenz soda has more than local fame. Mr. Lorenz began manufacturing soda water April 1, 1874 in Farmington. He is a cousin of the late Capt. Jacob May (his mother being a sister of Mr. Lorenz' father) and when he came to Nashville, March 23, 1881, he first occupied Capt. May's house north of the Evangelical church, razed several years ago. The Lorenz residence on North Kaskaskia street he built two years later. Twelve years ago Mr. Lorenz transferred his business to his sons John and Edward, who are making soda water and ice cream in their plant on North Kaskaskia street.
Mr. Lorenz is a member of St. Francis I.O.O.F. lodge of Farmington, Mo., to which two of his brothers also belonged. On Nov. 5, 1932, it will be 62 years that he joined the order of the three links. Mr. Ziegel, though his junior in years, is his senior in Odd Fellowship, being a member of 63 years. April 18, 1922, Mr. Lorenz and wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. He was bereft of his faithful helpmeet Nov. 21, 1930, and his dear daughter, Miss Elizabeth, entered rest July 19,1932.
Mr. Lorenz is the Nestor in his relationship. His mother became 50 and his father 72 years old, while a brother reached the age of 82 and a sister 86. He was always a good walker, but never had time he says, to roam woods and fields for game. His integrity is unquestioned; rectitude and the golden rule are exemplified in his life. The devotion of the children to their beloved father is inspiring. There are five daughters and one of his three sons, William, is a jeweler in Santa Ana, California, but in lieu of visits -- and he has been home several time -- he sends the family boxes of golden fruits from the Golden state.