JOHN W. LENTZ

Farmer and manager of the Gibson farm in Ellison Township, has a commendable record, not only as a public-spirited citizen, but as a soldier of the civil war. He is of old Pennsylvania stock and was born in Lycoming County, that State, October 13, 1848, a son of J. W. and Melissa (Ashley) Lentz. His father who was a millwright by trade, removed early in 1863 from Pennsylvania to Ottumwa, Iowa, where he engaged in the construction of mills.

In the year last mentioned the subject of this sketch enlisted in Company H, Thirty-second Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, for three years or during the war. He was mustered into service in Davenport, Iowa, and his regiment was at­ tached to one of the divisions of the Western Department. He took part in the fights at Mark's Mills, Ark., Sabine River, Cross Roads and in other engagements, one of the most memorable of which was that near Brownville, Ark. He served continuously from April, 1863, to October, 1865, when he was honorably discharged at Davenport Iowa. After the war he returned to Pennsylvania, whence eventually he went again to Ottumwa, Iowa, where he remained until 1870, when he removed to Tompkins Township, Warren County, Ill.

He is one of the best known and most prosperous farmers in Ellison Township and is an honored and influential member of George A. Crook Post No. 81, Grand Army of the Republic, at Kirkwood. He married in 1881, in Warren County, Jennie Goodwin, who was born in Ohio, a daughter of David Goodwin, a Virginian, who was an early settler in Warren County, near Kirkwood, where he died, and where his widow still lives. Mrs. Lentz has borne her husband three children named John W., Mary E., and Benjamin. Mr. Lentz's postoffice address is Pomenah.

 

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