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Daniel W. Weitz, who was through the Civil war as a Union soldier, has for half a century been an honored resident of Williams and DeKalb counties, for more than fifty years being a farmer in Troy Township of the latter county. His home is a half mile west of Arctic.

Mr. Weitz, who is also a justice of the peace, was born in Portage County, Ohio, June 7, 1840, son of Adam and Elizabeth (Veager) Weitz. His father was born at Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, in February, 1810, while the mother was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. They were married September 17, 1839, at Franklin Mills in Portage County by B. F. Hopkins. They lived in Portage County for several years, and in 1846 became pioneers in Williams County, Ohio, where they spent the rest of their lives at Edgerton. Adam Weitz was reared a Catholic but later became a prominent member of the Methodist Church and founded the Weitz Methodist Episcopal Church in Williams County. He also look up democratic affiliation in politics but in 1856 joined the newly established republican party. He held several township offices. He and his wife had a family of eleven children, nine of whom are still living: Daniel W.; John A., deceased; Harriet; Lucina and Lavina, twins; Joseph; Charles W.; Thomas T.; George A.; Francis E. and William A., deceased.

Daniel W. Weitz grew up on a farm in Williams County and acquired most of his education in school district No. 3 and in high school at Williams Center. He also made liberal use of his opportunities to study outside of school, and became a very successful teacher, a vocation he followed for about twenty years. Most of his teaching he did after the war. In 1861 he enlisted in Company H of the Third Ohio Cavalry, and was with that command until the close of hostilities, being mustered out with the rank of first sergeant. Though he was never wounded nor taken prisoner he was confined to a hospital by illness for six months.

After the war he returned to Williams County and on October 11, 1868, married Mary E. Bowersox. She was born in St. Joe Township of Williams County, being the first white girl born in that township. She was a sister of Judge C. A. Bowersox of Bryan, Ohio. In 1869, soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Weitz removed to Troy Township of DeKalb County, and have had their home there for over fifty years. He owns a farm of 130 acres. He was also the first president of the First National Bank of Butler, serving for three years, then became the vice president and is now a stockholder of that bank. Mrs. Weitz died September 9, 1902. Of their five children three are still living: Nellie, who is a graduate of the high school at Edgerton, Ohio, and Tri-State College at Angola, is the wife of Joseph R. Wiley; Floy, who is a young woman of brilliant intellect and has spent twelve years as a teacher in Troy Township, is unmarried and lives at home with her father; Charles H. is a graduate of the Butler High School and Purdue University, with a degree in civil engineering, and is now 'in business at Salt Lake City.

Mr. Weitz is affiliated with Forest Lodge of Masons at Butler, is a member of Meade Post No. 144 of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a republican in politics. He voted for Abraham Lincoln under a pine tree in 1864. He was then in Georgia in war service. He has served as a justice of the peace for about thirty years. During a residence in Edgerton, Ohio, he served as a member of the City Council and as City Solicitor.

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

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