Niagara County

1897 Biography - John Gentz

Gentz, John, was born in Germany in 1846, and came to America in 1850. In 1864 he enlisted in Co. B, 10th U. S. Infantry and served in the Army of the Potomac, participating in the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864; Spottsylvania, May 14, 1864; North Anna River, May 24, 1864; Cold Harbor, June 2 and 3, 1864; the Siege of Petersburg and Weldon Railway, August 18 to 21, 1864. He was wounded at Weldon and lay in the hospital for four months at Whitehall, Pa. He was honorably discharged at Fort Snelling, Minn., in 1867; in that year he came to North Tonawanda and in 1884 embarked in the grocery business, which he has since successfully conducted. Mr. Gentz is a member of A. R. Scott Post No. 129, G.A.R., and is its present commander. He was village trustee for four years and was chairman of important committees during his term of office. In 1869 he married Fredericka Demler, and they have one son, A. C. Gentz, born November 16, 1870. A. C. Gentz is an active Republican worker and was nominated for town clerk by his party in the spring of 1897. He is a member of the Odd Fellows and the Fraternal Mystic Circle. In 1892 he married Anna Ballard, and they have two children, Irene and Clarence.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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