Biography of E. L. Waltz
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Much has been said recently concerning the intelligence of the American citizen, and the credit is given almost entirely to the public school system. With all due honor of the school, it must be admitted that there yet remains an important factor in the general education of the masses, a factor that goes far toward molding the minds of the people on issues of national importance the newspaper. This medium reaches those whose school days have been limited, as well as the man who may have had the advantages of the best college education, but its influence is felt and made apparent in cottage or in palace. On the editor rests a great responsibility. He is not only responsible for his own acts and beliefs, but is in a measure responsible for the certain acts and beliefs of his readers. One editor, who feels and recognizes the duties of his place, and strives conscientiously to see the right and set it forth to the world, is E. L. Waltz, editor of "The Atlas," at Delta, Ohio.

Mr. Waltz was born at Tabor, near New Philadelphia, Ohio, May 21, 1838. His education was obtained in the rural schools of the vicinity, but school in those days hardly meant the comprehensive but practical mental training it does today. The branches taught were few indeed, the only class formed being in reading, the instruction crude, and the facilities were still more crude; slabs were used for seats, and blackboards were unknown. He remained on the home farm until he was twenty one, and then began merchandising in Jelloway, Knox county, Ohio, which he continued for fifteen years. The insurance business at Jelloway engaged his attention for the next six years. It was on February 22, 1876, that he began his work as an editor and publisher, taking control of "The Avalanche," at Delta, Ohio, and for four years he sent forth a paper that was the envy of editors of much more experience. However, he sold out, and returning to Jelloway resumed his work in the insurance business; but June 5, 1885, he again came to Delta, this time establishing "The Atlas," which on January 1, 1888, absorbed its rival, "The Avalanche." "The Atlas" makes its appearance on Friday of each week, and is politically independent. With the utmost impartiality every side of a question is given a chance to prove either its truth or its error. Mr. Waltz is a firm believer in the doctrines of the Republican party, and has voted for every President from Lincoln to McKinley, inclusive. On May 13, 1864, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the following September, participating in the siege of Petersburg, Virginia.

On November 5, 1859, Mr. Waltz was married to Miss Lucinda F. Pinkly, of Jelloway, Ohio, where she was born March 14, 1843. Their union has been blessed with five children: ( I) Alice M., the wife of J. M. Barron, of Bowling Green, Ohio, by whom she has one child - J. Ralph. (2) Ida B., wife of J. J. Oswalt, of North Liberty, Ohio, by whom she has two daughters - Opal Taft and Ethel Maude. (3) C. R. P., who married Mary Grace Richardson, by whom he has a daughter - Kathryn Florence. He is business manager of the paper, and is now postmaster of Delta. (4) Rose M., wife of Doctor O. L. Norris, of Deshler, Ohio; have one son - Waltz W. (5) F. D. B., who is connected with the office of "The Atlas." Mr. Waltz is a member of the Presbyterian Church; socially he affiliates with the Masonic fraternity, the National Union, and the G. A. R.

E. L. Waltz is a son of Jacob R. and Delilah (Holmes) Waltz, both natives of Ohio, of Swiss ancestry. The father followed farming for a life work. In their family were twelve children, six of whom are yet living. The grandfather of our subject was Samuel Waltz, who resided in Maryland; he married Barbara Rinard, and they became the parents of eight children, of whom but one is now living - Mahala Rainsberg, over eighty years of age, making her home in West Cairo, Ohio.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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