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Levi G. Bortz

LEVI G. BORTZ, farmer and carpenter, post-office Greenville, was born on the site of Shenango, August 20, 1850, and is a son of Mandis and Sarah (Mowry) Bortz, both natives of Lehigh County, Penn. The former came to West Salem Township with his father, Henry Bortz, in 1828, and here grew to manhood. He married, November 1, 1849, Sarah, daughter of George Mowry, of Hempfield Township, who blessed him with ten children: Levi G., Edward H., Ellen, deceased; Amelia, Martin C., Eliza J., wife of Philip Snyder, of Pymatuning Township; Emma, wife of Charles Sponsler, of Delaware Township; Frank, Emanuel and Lydia. The parents located at Shenango after marriage, and five years afterward settled on their present homestead in Pymatuning Township. Our subject was reared in Pymatuning, and learned the carpenter and painter’s trade, at which he has worked about twenty years. For the past fifteen years he has followed farming in connection with his trade, purchasing his present homestead in the spring of 1883. He was married in December, 1873, to Margaret A., eldest daughter of Charles Benninghoff, of Pymatuning Township, who has had four children: Harry W., Clarence A., Ellen, deceased, and Oliver O. Mr. Bortz and wife belong to the Lutheran Church, and politically he is a stanch Republican, and one of theprogressive citizens of the township.

Source: History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1169

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