KREITZER, John Henry

KREITZER, John Henry

Male 1858 - 1924  (66 years)

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  • Name KREITZER, John Henry 
    Born 24 Oct 1858  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: JOHN HENRY KREITZER, wholesale and retail grocer, was born in Milton, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, October 24, 1858, son of Washing­ton and Catharine (Lore) Kreitzer. He attended the public schools and when fourteen years of age engaged himself to a boatman as driver on the tow path. At the close of the season he found employment at William Price Hull's grain and coal office two years, after which he attended school until 1877, and was engaged as clerk until 1881, when he associated himself with James Buoy, trading under the firm name of Buoy & Kreitzer. The same year he was elected auditor for three years. In 1883 James Buoy retired from the firm, and Mr. Kreitzer took charge of the entire business. In 1884 he was elected borough councilman for three years, and in 1887 was elected ward committeeman. He is a director in the Milton Board of Trade. February 11, 1886, he married Mary Catharine, daughter of George H. and Amanda C. Ettla. Mr. Kreitzer is a member of the Presbyterian church, and served as secretary of the Baptist Sunday school nine years. In poli­tics he is a Republican. He is a stockholder in the Milton Knitting Company,
      also stockholder and auditor of the Milton Driving Park and Fair Associa­tion, and a stockholder in the Milton Trust and Safe Deposit Company.
    Biography
    • JOHN H. KREITZER, wholesale and retail grocer, of Milton, Pa., is virtually a self-made man. He was born in Milton, Pa., October 24, 1858, attended the public schools of his native place, and when fourteen years of age became a driver on the towpath. At the close of the season he found employment at William Price Hull's grain and coal office for two years, after which he attended school until 1877. In choosing a vocation he preferred mercantile pursuits for his active mind. Accordingly, he was a clerk for Albert Cadwalder from April 1, 1877, until August 12,1879, when he was appointed superintendent of James Buoy's grocery store on Mahoning street, where he remained until January 11, 1881. At that time he purchased a half-interest in the business, and it was conducted under the firm name of Buoy & Kreitzer, and operated under that name until May, 1883. Mr. Kreitzer then purchased his partner's interest, and conducted the business alone.

      His career has been one of progress. Starting out a young man with no cash but a large amount of energy and upright principles, he has risen to the topmost round of the ladder and is now the largest wholesale and retail grocer in his section of the state. He now owns a fine brick block. Mr. Kreitzer has improved and enlarged this building, and has built a three-story warehouse attached to it. The warehouse was built in 1891, and since its erection Mr. Kreitzer has dealt in groceries, provisions, crockery, wooden and willow ware, grain, hay and feed. Adjoining his grocery store he built a wholesale confectionery store. The confectionery business is operated under the firm name of The Kreitzer Wholesale Candy Company, and the firm is composed of the following members: J. H. Kreitzer, president and treasurer; M. C. Kreitzer, assistant treasurer; and M. E. Kreitzer, secretary, and they are wholesale dealers of confectionery, fruits and nuts. Mr. Kreitzer deals largely in country produce and ships to nearby markets, employing ten men to assist him. He is the owner of a fine stable and keeps six fine horses for general use. John H. Kreitzer is a son of Washington and Catherine (Lore) Kreitzer and a grandson of Balsar and Mary (Zimmerman) Kreitzer.

      February 11, 1886, our subject was united in marriage with Mary Catherine Ettla, a daughter of Capt. George H. and Amanda C. Ettla. One daughter now blesses the home of our subject, Mary Elizabeth. Both he and his family are of the Presbyterian faith.

      Mr. Kreitzer, besides being an active man in business circles, has done much to advance the interests of Milton. From 1893 to 1896 he served as chief burgess of Miiton; for three years as councilman of the borough; for three years as auditor; as judge of election for two terms, and in other minor offices. He is a director of the Milton board of trade, and is financially associated with the Milton Knitting Company and the Milton Driving Park & Fair Association. He is also a stockholder in the Milton Trust & Safe Deposit Company. Socially he is a member of the Royal Arcanurn and has served as secretary and treasurer of the Baptist Church and Sunday School for nine years.
    Census (desc) 1860  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (desc) 1870  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census (desc) 1880  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    living with his parents and working as a clerk in a grocery 
    Census (desc) 1900  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    living at 106 S Front St. and working as a grocer 
    Census (desc) 1910  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    living at 445 N Front St. and working as a wholesale and retail grocer 
    Census (desc) 1920  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    living at 445 N Front St. and working as a merchant grocer 
    _UID D5A7F65672E5F348BCA80CF02E0E5975C499 
    Died 20 Dec 1924  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9
    Buried Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Address:
    Harmony Cemetery 
    Person ID I1064  Milton Families
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2014 

    Father KREITZER, George Washington,   b. 9 Sep 1828, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1898, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother LAHR, Mary J.,   b. 10 Feb 1835, Iola, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1911, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F343  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ETTLA, Mary Catherine,   b. 28 Mar 1857,   d. 5 Oct 1929, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1886 
    Children 
     1. KREITZER, Infant,   b. 5 Aug 1889, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1889, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. KREITZER, Mary Elizabeth,   b. 30 Sep 1891, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1991  (Age 99 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S26] Death Certificate.

    2. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 1000.

    3. [S75] Biographies of the 17th Congressional District of PA 1899, Page 671.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 48.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 17.

    6. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 1 Ward 3.

    7. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 23 Ward 1.

    8. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 21 Ward 1.

    9. [S4] Gravestone.