HENRY NEY MERTZ, who for ten years past has been superintendent of the Steubenville public schools, was born in Bellaire, Ohio, November 12, 1846. He is the son of George and Margaret C. (nelson) Mertz, the former of whom, a native Germany, came with his parents to America in childhood and the latter of whom is a native of Bellaire, Ohio. His early life was spent on the farm upon which he was born, which is now occupied by the city of Bellaire. His early education was obtained in select schools, and later he attended the public schools of Bellaire two years. In the spring of 1864 he entered the Union army, having been enrolled in Company I, One Hundred and Seventieth Ohio volunteer infantry, on the 13th day of May. He served four months, receiving his discharge at Columbus in September. He participated in the engagement near Harper's Ferry, the battles of Snicker's Ford and Winchester, besides many other skirmishes. Returning home, he labored on the farm, and during the winter of 1865-6 he completed a course in the Wheeling Business college. On January 1, 1867, he entered Hiram college, which he attended two years. In the fall of 1868 he entered Bethany college, and was graduated in the spring of 1870. At both Hiram and Bethany he was engaged during the part of the time as tutor, teaching Latin in the former, and mathematics in the latter. In September, 1870, he entered upon his professional career as superintendent of the public schools of Bellaire, remaining there one year. For eight years following this he was principal of the Ritchie public school at Wheeling. In the fall of 1879 he accepted the superintendency of the public schools of Steubenville, which position he has filled in an able and creditable manner during a period of ten years. Prof. Mertz was married July 17, 1873, to Jerusha E., daughter of John and Jerusha (Wardell) Wallace, early settlers of Steubenville. To this union have been born five children: Henry G., Earle W., Clark N., Nellie, and Fern W., of whom Nellie died, aged five months. Prof. Mertz and wife are members of the Christian church. He is a member of the G. A. R. and in politics he is a republican. Superintendent of the Steubenville public schools he is giving the same general satisfaction as has characterized his previous work. In addition to an excellent text-book education, he possesses a very high literary training, is well versed in general history and has attained a high degree of proficiency in geology and botany.
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