Michigan Trails through Chippewa County



When it is Stated that Mr. Goetz is president of the hoard of trustees of the village of Detour and also supervisor of the township it is unnecessary to offer further voucher for the high regard in which he is held in his community, where he is recognized as a representative business man and public-spirited citizen. He is the owner of the Hotel Detour, one of the most popular commercial and summer resort hotels in the Upper Peninsula and the same is conducted according to the highest modern standard, as its popularity well indicates.

John F. Goetz was born in Waterloo county, province of Ontario. Canada, on the 3d of April, 1867, and is a son of Matthew and Mary (Weiler) Goetz, the former of whom was born in Germany, in 1815. and the latter of whom was born in Waterloo county, Ontario, where their marriage was solemnized. The father was summoned to the life eternal in February, 1906, and the mother is still living, being seventy-six years of age at the lime of this writing, in 1910. They became the parents of nine sons and three daughters and of the number nine are living,— namely: Joseph, Matthew, Alois, Lena, John F., Anthony, Joanna and George. The father of the subject of this review came to America on a sailing vessel and landed in New York City, whence he made his way to New Jersey, where he was employed for some time as a blacksmith and whence he finally removed to Waterloo county, Ontario. There he established his home at Little Germany, where he engaged in the work of his trade. Later he removed to Brace county, Ontario, where he secured a tract of wild land and reclaimed a farm, also maintaining a blacksmith shop on his farm, finding much demand for his services as a workman at his trade. In 1880 he removed to Chippewa county. Michigan, where he repeated his pioneer experiences by reclaiming a farm from the wilderness. The town of Goetzville, this county, now known as Goetzville, was named in his honor, and he was numbered among the prominent and influential citizens of this section of the county. He passed the closing years of his life in the village of Detour, where he took up his residence in 1891. While a resident of Canada he was identified with the Conservative party and after leaving Canada he maintained an independent attitude in all political matters.

Ignatz Weiler, maternal great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, emigrated from Baden. Germany, to New York City, in 1812. and of his five children, Joseph Weiler, grandfather of Mr. Goetz. was the founder of the family at Waterloo county, Ontario, where he was one of the first settlers in his section. John F. Goetz was reared to the sturdy discipline of the home farm and gained his rudimentary education in his native county in Canada. He was thirteen years of age at the time of the family removal to Chippewa county, Michigan, where he was reared to maturity and where he assisted in "the reclamation and development of the home farm. Upon attaining his legal majority in 1888, he identified himself with the lumber business, in which he eventually developed a most prosperous enterprise, in which he continued until 1893. He then established his home in the village of Detour, where he opened the Hotel Detour, which be has since conducted and which has gained a high reputation under his effective management. He was prominently identified in securing the incorporation of the village of Detour, in 1890. and was a member of its first board of trustees, retaining this office from 1896 until 1899. Since 1905 he has been president of the village board and as chief executive he has maintained a progressive policy and done much to further the material and civic prosperity of the village. In the autumn of 1909 he was elected supervisor of his township and he has since continued incumbent of this position. He is a stanch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party and takes a deep interest in public affairs of a local order. He and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church and he is affiliated with Cheboygan Lodge, No. 504. Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks and with the Catholic Order of Foresters.

On the 23d of February, 1691, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Goetz to Miss Annie McDonald, who was born in Bruce county. Ontario, and who was a daughter of Angus and Mary (Gillies) McDonald, the former of whom was born in Inverness, Scotland, and the latter in Nova Scotia. Of the twelve children seven are now living,—namely: Annie (Mrs. Goetz), John L., Donald. Catherine, James A., Hugh and Robert. Angus McDonald was a lad of twelve years when his parents. John and Catherine (McLean) McDonald, emigrated from Scotland to America. The voyage was made on a sailing vessel and the family landed in the city of Quebec. Eventually the family home was established in Bruce county, Ontario, and there Angus McDonald was reared to maturity. There he continued to be identified with agricultural pursuits until he came to Chippewa county, Michigan, and located in Detour township, where he reclaimed a farm from the wilderness and where both he and his wife continued to reside until their death. He was a man of sterling integrity of character, was a Democrat in his political proclivities and was called upon to serve in various local offices of public trust Mr. and Mrs. Goetz have six children,—Albert G., Francis P., Olive Mary. Angus, Catherine and John F.

History of Northern Peninsula its Mining, Land .. by Alvan Sawyer 1911

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