HENRY L. GRANTZ, of Bethel township, Armstrong county, is of German extraction, his parents, George and Hettie (Rhodes) Grantz, both having been natives of Germany. Their parents had settled first in Westmoreland county, Pa., upon coming from Germany, later moving into Armstrong county, George Grantz�s parents settling upon the farm of his son Henry, in Bethel township, about 1850. George Grantz was born May 22, 1827, his wife Jan. 3, 1829, and they lived to old age, dying Feb. 25, 1907, and July 29, 1908, respectively. Her parents were seventy-two and ninety-five years old, respectively, when they died.

Henry L. Grantz was born July 25, 1866, in Bethel township, on the farm where he now lives, and was one of a family of seven children, namely: John A., Samuel, Henry L. and Mary M. (wife of A. T. Wareham), living; and three deceased. Henry L. Grantz has been successfully engaged in general farming on the old home place in Bethel township, and is one of the enterprising and thrifty farmers of that locality, having eighty acres, most of which is under cultivation . He raises stock and grain. Mr. Grantz is a citizen highly respected for his genuine worth. He and his wife are members of the Bethel Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Socialist.

On June 27, 1907, Mr. Grantz was married to Mrs. Mary Jane Schaeffer, of Leechburg, widow of George Schaeffer, by whom she had two children: Francis Wilmer, who works in the West Leechburg Mill at Leechburg, Pa., and Naomi Imogene. Mr. and Mrs. Grantz have had three children, namely: Hattie L., born Aug. 1, 1908; Clara Bell, born March 18, 1910; and Flora May, Dec. 18, 1911.

Mrs. Grantz�s parents, George W. and Lovina (Baker) Baker, cousins, reside at Leechburg, Armstrong county. Her maternal grandmother, whose maiden name was Mary Hilburn, wife of George Baker, was the mother of nine children, one son and eight daughters, and the first member of this large family to pass away had attained the age of fifty-two years; the youngest is now forty-nine years old. They were: Nancy J. married Daniel Shaner; Mary E. married N. K. Klingensmith; Lovina and Priscilla were twins, Lovina marrying George E. Baker (father of Mrs. Henry L. Grantz) and Priscilla marrying Lee Smail; Hannah married L. P. Dunmire; Caroline married Eden Klingensmith; Catherine (deceased) married Henry Smail; George married Anna Stitt; Ella P. married John L. Harper, who is deceased.

Mrs. Grantz�s paternal grandparents were David and Jane (Oueery) Baker, and they had two sons and one daughter: John, who married Sarah Oueery; Nancy, who married Thomas Gault; and George W., who married Lovina Baker, (they were the parents of Mrs. Grantz).

Source: Pages 841-842, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed April 2002 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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