This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on LUTZ. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
No books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal in part with the Lutz family.
There are 7 first-name entries for Lutz in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Lutz neighbors in 1890:
James R., 36, carpenter-- 305 E. Bishop Eliza E.
BENNER Township:Andrew J., 49--Bellefonte Ellen M. Julia M. William E. 12 Charles W. 8 George M., 26, farmer--Bellefonte Ella J. Daniel I. 9 mos. Laura J.--Bellefonte Mabel M. Margaret--Fillmore David E. 23 Margaret Minnie M. William M., 40, farmer--Bellefonte Emma Charles E. 19 James C. 17 Mary M. Nettie V.
COLLEGE Township:John H., 38, farmer--Houserville Sarah Rebecca Catharine Etta V. Mary--State College
GREGG Township:Sarah C.--Spring Mills Charles F. 14
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Daniel T., 39, butcher--2nd St. Margaret V. Nora B. Harry B. 10 Annie B. Allen 4 Blair 2 Delia--Front St. SNOW SHOE Township:Edna E. LUTTS--Snow Shoe
WALKER Township:Aaron, 36, farmer--Zion Nora A. Early C. Benjamin F., 37, laborer--Zion Sarah H. Victor R. Elsie M. Hannah Clement E., 29, blacksmith Mary E. Harry E. 8 Harvey N., 32, blacksmith--Nittany Annie M. Mabel E.