LLOYD KOONTZ, proprietor of the Mount Pleasant Bottling works, one of the leading industries of that place, and one of the leading young business men of the borough, where he is universally respected and honored for his many excellent traits of character, was born October i, 1879, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania.
Henry Koontz, father of Lloyd Koontz, was born July 6, 1855 near Somerset, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and there reared and educated. He served an apprenticeship at the trade of wheelwright, becoming an expert mechanic, and for many years followed the same, up to 1902. In 1885 he changed his place of residence to Westmoreland county, and at the present time (1905) is a resident of Mount Pleasant. He serves in the capacity of assistant to his son Lloyd, in the bottling works operated by him. He is an honored member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. By his marriage to Elizabeth Baughman the following named children were born: Lloyd, George, Anna, Emma, and Myrtle. The family hold membership in the Reformed Church of Mount Pleasant.
Lloyd Koontz, the eldest child in the family above mentioned, was reared in Mount Pleasant and received his education in the public schools thereof. At the early age of ten years he entered the bottling works of Frederick Wehner, established by him in 1885, and operated by him for a period of about eight years. The plant then came into the possession of George Baughman, who conducted the same for a number of years, Lloyd Koontz remaining an employee, and in 1902 he purchased the same from Mr. Baughman and has conducted it in a successful manner ever since. He bottles all kinds of soft drinks, and the plant has a capacity of about eight hundred cases per day, and is frequently taxed to its utmost limit in order to supply the demand. Mr. Koontz is a charter member of Lodge No. 868, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No, 496, Fraternal Order of Eagles, of Mount Pleasant and Council No. 296, Royal Arcanum. Mr. Koontz is unmarried.
Source: Page(s) 148-149, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed March 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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