KUTZ, WILLIAM C., engineer, was born in Allentown, Lehigh county, Pa., February 6, 1834; son of the late Benjamin and Abigail Kutz. David Kutz, the grandfather, was a native of Kingston, Berks county, Pa., and was a farmer. His wife was born in the same place. They reared a family and both lived to old age. Benjamin Kutz, the father, was a native of Berks county. In early life he was a tanner and later engaged in the lumber business and later still was proprietor of a hotel in Cumberland county, which he was conducting at the time of his death in 1849. His wife was a native of Lehigh county. His children are: William C., Sallie A., wife of George Sourbier, of Reading, Pa.; Maggie, wife of William Power, deceased; she married, secondly, James Kenna, also deceased; Henrietta, wife of Wells Hoyer; John N., Allen, and one child who died in Infancy.
William C., attended the public schools until he was sixteen years of age and at the age of seventeen learned the blacksmith trade, which he followed for about six years, and then engaged in railroading. He was married in May, 1853, to Miss Mary A. Allen, daughter of George and Catherine (Raum) Allen, to whom have been born four children, two of whom are living: Alice M., wife of Jacob Kirk; William A., John, died in 1863, aged six years; Benjamin, died also in 1863, aged two years. In 1852 Mr. Kutz entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and worked as a blacksmith for two years, and then took the place of fireman, which he filled six years, when he was promoted to engineer, in which position he has been continuously employed to the present time, with the exception of one year spent in the army. He enlisted in the military service August 19, 1864, and was discharged by special order on November 7, 1864, when he resumed work with the railroad company. His faithful service has given him a place among the most highly honored and esteemed employees of the company. Mr. Kutz is a memberof Lodge No. 324, F.&A.M., at Mifflintown, with which he united thirty-three years ago. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In his political views he is a Republican.
Mrs. Kutz was born July 11, 1835. George Allen, her father, is a native of Dauphin county and by trade a machinist, which he followed until disabled by sickness, with which he has suffered for about twenty years. He married Miss Catherine Raum, also a native of Dauphin county. They had fourteen children, five of whom are living: Maria, wife of David Miller; Mary A., Mrs. Kutz; John Y.; Emma, wife of John Dubbs; Virginia, wife of August Miller. Their deceased children are: Elizabeth, Cammello, William, Henry, Charles, George, Kate, Louisa, and Rebecca. Her father died in 1889 and the mother in 1887, the former aged seventy-one and the latter seventy-two years, and both were members of the German Reformed church, of Harrisburg. The grandparents of Mrs. Kutz reared six children: Kate, Sarah, Susilla, Elizabeth, Harry, and Simon, all deceased.