FRED G. STORZ, one of the retired merchants of Girard, is a good model of a truly self-made man who has by his unaided efforts gained a genuine success as a business man. This gentleman had few advantages or opportunities for self-improvement in youth and but little capital with which to begin mercantile business, but by push, pluck and perseverance he has gained a handsome property and a comfortable competency upon which he can retire from the active pursuits of life and enjoy the comforts of his beautiful home.
Our subject was born in the village of Benningen in the province of Wurtenberg, Germany, his natal day being September 22, 1851. His father, Freiderick Storz, a native of the same province, was a farmer and spent his entire life in his native land, dying in 1873. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Ann Marie Schober. Her nativity was the same as the father's, and she preceded him to the other world, passing away in 1865. To this worthy couple were born six bright and promising children, all of whom they brought up and educated, making of them men and women worthy of their excellent parentage. They are by name Freiderick, Michael, Ann Marie, Karl, Andreas, and our subject.
Fred G. Storz is the only member of the family who has ever made his home in America. His elementary education was carefully promoted and his school life lasted until he was fourteen years old. He then set himself to learning the trade of a baker at Ludwigsburg and after serving for three years, he then (as the law requires) pursued his trade for several years, carrying it on, however, in a number of different places. He worked for one year at Heidelberg and then returned to Ludwigsburg and followed his trade until 1872.
The passion for emigration had now taken possession of the young man and he decided to transfer his interests to the New World. He therefore boarded the steamer "Neckar" of the German Lloyd Line, in June, 1872, and landing in Baltimore, July 6, at once came to Illinois, spending some time in Springfield. He visited friends for a short time and then being attracted to Virden, came here and carried on his trade for two years and then coming to Girard carried on work here for about nine months on another line, after which he decided to open up a bakery and a few months later took a partner and opened a restaurant in connection with the bakery.
This partnership lasted for about five years at the end of which time Mr. Storz bought out the interest of the other man and continued in business until December, 1889. He then retired from active work with the exception of looking after his investments and his private business. He has accumulated a handsome property including a beautiful residence which is built in a modern style of architecture, elegantly finished and handsomely furnished.
The lady who presides with so much grace and dignity over this charming home bore the maiden name of Lena Schelb. She was born in Carlsruhe, the province of Baden, Germany, and came to America when she was eight years of age. Her natal day was January 6, 1860, and she is a daughter of Wilhelm and Christiana Schelb. She became the wife of Mr. Storz, December 16, 1879. Two children have come to share the affection and parental solicitude of this worthy couple: Albert W., born October 29, 1880, and Mabel C., January 6, 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Storz are earnest and active members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and this gentleman is a prominent member of the Knights of Pythias and also of Lodge NO. 192, I. O. O. F., at Girard.