Note by Phyllis Brown: Henry Hertz was my husband’s great-great-grandfather. Since Ritchey’s father was adopted at the age of two, it was only in the last several years that we discovered his family lines. We knew Rex’s mother was a Hertz and his father was a Jolly.
The Iowa Citizen – saturday, april 30, 1904
Henry Hertz Passes Away Today
Octogenarian Summoned at a Ripe Old Age – Well Known Throughout Johnson County
Henry Hertz, a beloved octogenarian, passed away this morning at his home in Solon.
Mr. Hertz was 81 years of age, having been born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, on January 9, 1824.
When 18 years of age he removed to Philadelphia, where he became a coach blacksmith’s apprentice and he worked for 15 years at his trade in the City of Brotherly Love.
In the spring of 1857 he came to the Hawkeye state and at once settled on the homestead of 150 acres he thereafter occupied and improved finely for nearly a half century. Thrift and industry marked his life in Johnson county and everybody learned to respect and esteem him.
In evidence thereof, his neighbors and others elected him repeatedly to township offices of trust.
He was twice married, first to Anna Tilton and later to Florentine Probst. The fruits of the former union were Albert J. Hertz, now secretary of the Iowa City board of education; Harry S. and Cordelia, wife of the Rev. G. Blessin.
Children of the latter marriage are Mrs. Cilena Mardor, wife of Rev. G.
Mardor, William, Jacob, Mary, George, Gustave and Sarah.
Mr. Hertz is one of the fathers of the German Lutheran Church of Solon and has been for many years one of the noblest workers in the cause of the Lord, both in the public and private life.
A host of warm friends will long mourn for this good man.
the iowa citizen – Monday, May 2, 1904
Henry hertz dies at solon
Pioneer Passes Away at Age of 81 Years – Well Know Over the County
Another one of Johnson County’s honored pioneers passed away last Saturday at Solon when Henry Hertz died at the extreme age of 81 years. The funeral was held this afternoon at Solon. Mr. Hertz was born in Germany, coming to this country at the age of three. When a young man he went to Philadelphia, coming to Iowa in 1857 where he has since resided. He was twice married, his first wife being Anna Tilton. To this union were born Albert J. Hertz, Harry S. and Cordelia. He was later married to Florentine Probst. The children by the second marriage were Mrs. Cilena Mardon, William, George, Jacob, Sarah, Mary and Gustave.
Solon economy – may 5, 1904
On Monday, May 2, occurred the funeral of Mr. Henry Hertz, our respected fellow citizen and townsman, interment was held at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Rev. J. G. Hoerlein of Iowa City, the pastor of the deceased conducted the services, very ably assisted by the choir of his home church.
Henry Hertz was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany January 9, 1824. When five years of age his parents, Daniel and Christiana Hertz emigrated to America and settle at Easter, Pa. At the age of eighteen he went to Philadelphia, learning the trade of a coachsmith. Here he resided for fifteen years. In the spring of 1857 he came to Iowa and settled on the well known Hertz farm near this place, where he lived continuously until two years ago when he retired from active farm life, moving to Solon to enjoy his well earned rest. He was held in great esteem by all who knew him and he has served in many offices. He has always been
identified with the Lutheran church and it is due to his interest and zeal that
the church of this denomination exists in this place.
He was married twice, first to Anna Tilton and the second time to Florentine
Propst. By the first marriage there are three children, Albert F. of Iowa City, Harry S. of Calmar, Iowa, and Cordelia, wife of Rev. G. Blessin of El Dorado, Iowa. By the second marriage there are seven living and four dead. Those living are Celina, married to Rev. C. Mardorf of Monticello, Mary, married to H. Harms of Langworthy, Iowa, and Sarah, married to Paul Kohl of this place. William, Jacob, George and Gustave being the sons of the deceased, all living in this neighborhood. Besides his sorrowing widow and the children above named he leaves 36 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren. He ever lived in
enjoyment of good health until about two years ago when he began to fail. But nevertheless, he rallied again, thanks to the care of his faithful wife. The
infirmities of old age, however, were against his chances for life and death
relieved him from all cares and tribulations of this earth on the 29th day of April 1904. He died as he had lived, a true Christian and brought his age to 80 years, three months and twenty days.
Card of Thanks
To our many sympathetic friends, who have so kindly assisted in any way during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father, we wish to express our most sincere thanks.
Florentine Hertz and Children