Biographical Sketch of George M. Utz
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George M. Utz is a native of Boone county, Kentucky, born December 25, 1827; son of -Jonathan and Catherine Utz, nee Yager. They were natives of Virginia, but early settlers in Kentucky; his mother died in 1835, and his father, October 15, 18 6. George M. Utz was reared on a farm and received but a few days schooling at the subscription schools of his native place, and having to go barefooted a distance of four or five miles through the woods and across streams. When about eighteen years of age he enlisted as volunteer for five years, or during the Mexican War.
December 20, 1849, he married Miss Mary A. Stamper, a native of Kentucky, and born April 7 1827. After marriage he moved to Greenup county, Kentucky, and lived four years. He then visited Kansas and other places in the West, looking for a home, finally decided on Daviess county, and on October 4, 1854, he with his family and and one team; left Kentucky, and after traveling all the way by land, on the 29th of the same month took possession of the land that is now their beautiful and well cultivated farm. Here he now owns over 400 acres, well improved and stocked.
They have seven children; viz., J. J., born November 24, 1850; George, born September 11, 1853; Alfred E., born May 24, 1856; Mary E., born April 4, 1859; William L., born March 11, 1862; Thomas M., born April
11, 1864; and Annie B., born March 13, 1867.
Mr. Utz carries the palm as having raised more small grain than any other farmer in the township during the year 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Utz are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.