Walter W. Mountz is one of the best known public men in the official life of DeKalb County, is clerk of the DeKalb County Circuit Court, and has been a leader in local affairs for a number of years.

Though of an old family of Northeast Indiana, he was born at Overbrook in the State of Kansas July 10, 1886. He is a son of Francis and Delia (Smith) Mountz. His father was born near Pleasant Lake, Indiana, July 6, 1859, had a common school education, was married at Ashley, and after his marriage lived in Kansas six years. Returning to Indiana, he settled in DeKalb County, at Garrett, where for fourteen years he was proprietor of a retail hardware business. He was also prominent in democratic politics, represented the Second Ward in the City Council of Garrett, and was an active member of the Garrett Fire Department at the time of his death. His widow is still living in Garrett. There were three children: Walter W.; Dessa, who graduated from the Garrett High School in igo6 and is the wife of Harry M. Barrie; and Russell M., clerk in a clothing and shoe store at Garrett.

Walter W. Mountz spent his early life at Garrett, attended the grammar schools there and one year in high school, and on leaving school was in the West for two years. July 10, 1909, he married Lulu Maurer. She died in July, 1910, and on August 5, 1912, he married Myrtle Osborne, of Kendallville, Indiana. Mrs. Mountz is a daughter of William S. and Anna (Johnson) Osborne and is a graduate of the Kendallville High School. They have one son, William W., born February 28, 1918.

Mr. Mountz was elected for two terms as city clerk of Garrett, going into office January 1, 1910, and serving seven years. He was reelected without opposition but resigned toward, the close of his second term, on December 1, 1916, to take up his duties as circuit clerk. Mr. Mountz is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Royal Arch Chapter at Garrett. He served as secretary of the Lodge of Eagles from June i, 1909, to January 1, 1917. He is also affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a member of the Auburn Commercial Club, and of the Presbyterian Church.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)



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