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FREDERICK LANTZ, The proprietor of the largest store in Pendleton, Mr. Lantz really belongs in the front rank of Madison County merchants, and is still a young man who has attained a striking business success at a time when most of his contemporaries are just beginning their careers.
Frederick Lantz was born at Richmond, Indiana, February 26, 1883, a son of Lewis F. and Luella Lantz, Both parents now reside in Milton, Wayne County, this state, The family were early settled in the old Quaker district of Wayne County, and the name has always been identified with integrity and the best of business principles, Frederick Lantz received his education at Richmond, but soon after his first lessons in life his father moved to Milton in the same County, where he engaged in the dry goods business, The son, after attending the grade schools and graduating from the Milton high school, entered his father’s store at the age of eighteen and was in active association until 1907, At that date he came to Pendleton and went into the dry goods, clothing and shoe business at this town. In five years’ time he has built up the largest business of the kind in the town, and has acquired a very prosperous trade both in the village and throughout the surrounding country. Mr. Lantz is a modern man of business, punctual in all his affairs, keeping his enterprise up to date at every point, insisting upon the fair and square deal and while furnishing good service in merchandise to his customers also enjoys a fine degree of prosperity for himself.
In 1906 Mr. Lantz married Miss Elizabeth Morris, Mrs. Lantz was born in Wayne County, Indiana, was graduated from the Milton High school and was also a student of the Indiana State University. They are the parents of one child, Deborah, now four years of age. Mrs. Lantz is one of the active members of the Pendleton Friends church, Mr. Lantz has passed through thirty-two degrees of Scottish Rite Masonery, is past master of his lodge at Milton, was high priest of his chapter, and his local affiliations are with Madison Lodge, No, 44, A. F. & A. M. and with the Mystic Shrine at Indianapolis. Mr. Lantz cast his vote for the Republican candidate with somewhat consistent regularity up to the campaign of 1912, but at that time joined the Progressive party and voted accordingly.