G. A. MUTZ, son of George and Catherine Mutz, is a native of Ohio, born in Montgomery County, that state, on the 16th day of July, 1837. At the age of thirteen, he was taken by his parents to Miami County, Ohio, where he resided until 1859, at which time he moved to Shelby County, Ind., and engaged in teaching. His success in that calling is attested by the fact of his having been employed for six successive years in the same place, during which time he earned the reputation of an able and painstaking instructor. While thus employed, he married Miss Sarah Mullendore, of Shelby County, daughter of Jacob Mullendore, one of the leading farmers of that part of the state. Until 1870 Mr. Mutz was variously engaged, his principle vocation during the time having been agricultural pursuits, which he carried on in connection with teaching music. In the above year he engaged in the manufacture of furniture at Edinburg, and for a period of four years was one of the proprietors of the Edinburg Furniture Company, which subsequently sustained a very heavy loss by fire. After the destruction of the factory, Mr. Mutz began selling furniture and undertaking supplies, but later abandoned the business, and purchased an interest in a family grocery store, which he carried on from 1878 until 1884, in partnership with J. M. Carvin. The partnership was dissolved in the latter year, after which Mr. Mutz purchased the grocery house of J. D. Brewer, Esq., which he still owns. Mr. Mutz is in the enjoyment of a large and lucrative business, his annual sales amounting to over $30,000. His store is well supplied with all the goods demanded by the current trade, and is one of the best known and most substantial business houses of Edinburg. Politically, Mr. Mutz is a democrat, but has never been an aspirant for official honors, preferring to use his time and talents in other directions. He is an ardent friend of education, and for a number of years has served as a member of the Edinburg school board, of which he is at this time president. His early educational training was liberal, attending first the common schools, and later the high school of Piqua, Ohio, and Heidelberg College, Seneca County, that state, in both of which he made substantial progress in the more advanced branches of learning. He is a member of the K. of P., and Masonic orders, and a gentleman in whom the citizens of Edinburg place great reliance. Mr. And Mrs. Mutz have two children, viz.: May Belle, wife of Elwood Allen, leading manufacturer of Miamisburg, Ohio, and George Raymond Mutz, who is still under the parental roof.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.