Niagara County

1897 Biography - Franklin Getz

Getz, Franklin, Wheatfield, was born in Pennsylvania, September 25, 1826, but came to Erie county with his parents when a child. They settled at what has since been known as Getzville in the town of Amherst, the place taking its name from this family. He was a farmer for years, but came to Tonawanda in 1880 and has since been engaged in the milling business. He married Mary Long, and they have one son and two daughters: Sherman, Mrs. Alta Steinhouse and Mrs. Susan Staley. Sherman Getz married Jennie Evans. Mr. Getz was the discoverer and developer of natural gas at Getzville and is still interested in operations there. He has also invented a valuable device for tunneling the Model City. His parents were Joseph and Susan (Lapp) Getz, who came to this part of the country nearly twenty years ago.

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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