Frederick G. Storz, who for almost a quarter century was identified with the business interests of Girard, and was justly considered one of the city's most useful and successful men, was born at Benningen, Wurtemburg, Germany, September 22, 1851, and died at his beautiful home in Girard, August 23, 1893. He was the youngest member of a family of six children born to his parents, Frederick and Ann Marie (Schober) Storz.
Frederick Storz, who was a native of Wurtemburg, spent his whole life engaged in agricultural pursuits in his native land, dying in 1873. The mother of our subject died in 1865. These parents were not possessed of a large amount of worldly goods, but they were able to educate their children, and were careful that all should learn to be self supporting. While all grew to maturity, none was as enterprising as our subject, he being the only one of the family to seek and find fortune in America. The children in the parental family were as follows: Freiderick, Michael, Ann Marie, Karl, and Frederick G., our subject. These children were all given good educations and were able to assume positions of trust and responsibility.
At the age of 14 years, Frederick G. Storz apprenticed himself to a baker at Ludwigsburg, in his own province, with whom he continued until the terms of the agreement were complied with, and then worked as a journeyman at various points in Germany. he worked one year at Heidelberg and then returned to Ludwigsburg. In 1872, having secured enough capital to pay his passage to America, he crossed the Atlantic in the steamer "Neckar," and as soon as possible joined former friends who were then living at Springfield, Illinois. In casting about for the best place in which to locate, Mr. Storz selected Virden, then, as now, a flourishing town, and engaged with a bakery there for two years. He then removed to Girard, and, while employed for some nine months at various occupations, kept looking about and considering the probabilities of success in the bakery line. He finally concluded to establish a first class bakery. Later, having taken in a partner, a restaurant was added to the bakery, and a very prosperous period of five years ensued. In 1879 Mr. Storz bought his partner's interest and conducted the business alone until December, 1889, when he retired from business activity. He was one of the organizers and a stockholder and a director of the People's Bank of Girard, and it was one of his buildings that was purchased as a home for the bank, and there it remains today. This seems a simple record, but those who are accustomed to study the causes of men's successes and failures must be interested and impressed. A life of industry, enterprise and honesty secured its own reward, the possession of a large estate earned legitimately, and with it the respect, admiration and esteem of his fellow citizens. The last years of Mr. Storz's life was spent in giving attention to his extensive real estate holdings in Girard and the county.
On December 16, 1879, Mr. Storz was married to Lena Schelb, who was born January 6, 1860, in Carlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, and is a daughter of William and Christina (Kuebler) Schelb, who came to Macoupin County, Illinois, fro their native land in 1868. This estimable lady still survives, with a son and a daughter. The son, Albert W. Storz, born October 29, 1880, is a bright young man and is bookkeeper for the Darlington Lumber Company, of Girard. he attended the public schools of Girard, spent one year at Blackburn University and one year at the Dixon (Illinois) Business College. The daughter, Mabel C. Storz, born January 6, 1885, received her education in the Girard public schools and Monticello Seminary, and is an excellent pianist. The beautiful residence, which continues to be the family home, was erected and furnished with much luxury by the late Mr. Storz. It was always his delight to contribute to the welfare of his family, by whom he was beloved and reverenced. He gave liberally to the support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in which he long had membership, his widow since his death joining the Presbyterian Church on account of there being no Lutheran Church in Girard until quite recently. Mr. Storz was fraternally connected with Lodge No. 192, I.O.O.F., of Girard, and also with the local lodge of Knights of Pythias. his death removed from Girard one whose honorable and successful life may well be recalled as an example.