Biography of Theodore E. Holtzer
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

THEODORE E. HOLTZER. The Holtzer family has long been established in Pennsylvania. William Holtzer was born in Westmoreland county, near Weaver's Old Stand, in 1820, and was reared upon the home farm. In his early life he learned the trades of distiller and cooper, which he followed: for a number of years, and then located in Greensburg, where he was engaged in the butchering business for some time. Subsequently he removed to a farm near Delmont, where he spent his remaining days, his death occurring in 1898.. He was a Democrat in his political views and a Lutheran in religious faith, serving for a number of years as an official in the church in which he held membership. He married Leah Zeise and they had seven children, of whom six are living: Emma, wife of Joseph R. Klingensmith, of Greensburg; Jacobr a resident of Deimont; Caleb, of Scottdale, Westrnoreiand county; Sadie, wife of J. W. Watters, of Pitcairn, Pa.; and Margaret, wife of Weddle Marts, of Delmont.

Theodore E. Holtzer, the other member of the family, was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, October 21, 1870 and remained at home until seventeen years of age, in the meantime acquiring his education in the public schools. He then left home and began work in the shops of the George Westinghouse Company in Pittsburg, where he remained for two years. He then began working for the Kelly and Jones Manufacturing Company, in Greensburg, where he spent only a short time, however, and then entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, in the capacity of fireman, while in the fall of 1899 he was promoted to the position of engineer, which he has since filled, running on the Pittsburg division.

Mr. Holtzer was married, January 12, 1897, to Catherine Loose, a daughter of John Loose, of Pittsburg, a retired shoe merchant of Pittsburg. They have one daughter, Clara. Mr. Holtzer is well known locally in fraternal circles. He belongs to General Putnam Lodge, No. 125, J. O. U. A. M., of Pittsburg; General Putnam. Council, No. 28, D. L., of Pittsburg; Youngwood Lodge, No. 667, I. O. O. F.; and J. M. Guffey Division, No. B. L. E. He is a Republican in politics and in February, 1903, was elected a member of the borough council of Youngwood and was its first president. He holds membership in the Lutheran church, in which he is serving as deacon.

History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Vol. 3
By: John N. Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
New York - Chicago, 1906

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