Mahlon J. Slutz


REV. MAHLON J. SLUTZ, A. M., a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, now located on the Springfield charge, in Salem township, Jefferson county, Ohio, is a son of William Slutz, who was born on the 4th opf July 1820 in Tuscarawas county Ohio and died May 18, 1879. The mother was born in 1823, August 27th in Carroll county, Ohio. William Slutz's father and mother, Samuel and Sarah (Hauge) Slutz, were of German descent, while his wife's parents were both natives of the state of Maryland, their names being Jacob and Elizabeth (Huggins) Swaney. His grandparents, on his father's side, were John and Margaret (Howe) Slutz, they settled near Springfield as far back as 1800. Mahlon J. Slutz, the principal of this sketch, entered this world September 12th, 1845 in Carroll county, Ohio, near Sandyville. He did as many another boy, intent on an education has done, going to the district school in the winter and working on a darm in the summer. At the very early age of seventeen years young Slutz offered his life to his country, then in the midst of the war of the rebellion. Enlisting in the Union army August 11, 1862 he served until the close of the war in Company D, One Hundred and Seventh Ohio volunteer infantry with whom he passed through the trying engagements of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and many other minor battles that took place in South Carolina and Florida. He was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg and also at John's Island, S. C. Shortly after returning from the war he entered Mount Union college, at which institution he graduated in the class of 1871, teaching school during the winter all this time that he might obtain the means with which to fit himself for his holy calling. In 1869 he was licensed to preach, and entered the Pittsburgh conference in the spring of 1871. Two lectures prepared by him and delivered at various times, have brought him before the general public in a very favorable light. "The Model Young Man", and "The Battle of Gettysburg", especially the latter, are the subjects that he has treated. They show a very unusual amount of talent in handling two such difficult subjects. Several eminent men, those best fitted to judge, have been pleased to commend these lectures very highly. Miss Cora M. Wright became his wife September 26, 1872. Mrs. Slutz was born on the 19th of March, 1853, in Hanoverton, Columbiana County, Ohio. Her helath declining, she was taken to California in the fall of 1889, in the hope that the change would restore her shattered helath, but it was of no avail and she passed away November 13, 1889 leaving a sorrowing husband and six loving children to mourn the loss of a patient, trusting wife and a devoted mother. The children are: Alice Maud, William F., Anna K., Estella, Clara and Ella. Mrs. Slutz was the daughter of the Rev. John Wright, a member of the Pittsburgh conference, and at present preaching in Fayette county, Penn. His wife, Catherine (Arter) Wright, died in the month of May 1889. Rev. Mr. Slutz has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since 1866. He is also on the roster of the G. A. R. and a voter with the republican party. The spirit that influenced him to volunteer his services, at the age of seventeen, to his country, and that caused him to manfully defend his belief and patriotism with the sword, has carried him through the trying times of a struggling student and through the arduous duties of his profession. It is the privilege of but few men, to lay just claim to more of the love and respect of their fellow men than him of whom this has been written.

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