LENTZ, Joseph F., merchant, was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 1, 1833; son of the late John and Margaret (Farling) Lentz. The parents spent their entire life in Dauphin county, and the greater portion of it in South Hanover township. The father was a farmer and a prominent citizen. They had eight children, five of whom are living: Sarah, widow of David Wagner; Margaret, resides in South Hanover; John, resides in Derry township, Dauphin county; Catherine, and Joseph. Joseph F., when five years old, removed with his parents to South Hanover township, where he was reared and educated in the public schools, and after teaching school for some time, attended Palmyra Academy. He was then engaged in teaching at Manadaville and other places in Dauphin county, but soon relinquished this occupation and acted as agent for various firms for four years, after which he embarked in the grocery business at Harrisburg, in which he has continued for over thirty years with enviable success. Mr. Lentz was married, in Lebanon, Pa., February 18, 1869, to Sabina Maulfair, daughter of Jacob and Sabina (Winter) Maulfair, born in Lebanon county, April 6, 1844. There have been born to them ten children, five of whom died in infancy. The names of their living children are: Minnie, wife of Fulmer J. Reif, merchant at Harrisburg; Sarah, wife of Benjamin F. Meckley, merchant of Harrisburg; Joseph M., Esther M., and David Vincent M. Mr. Lentz was originally an Abolitionist, then a Republican, and for twelve years has been a strict Prohibitionist, and in 1895 was a candidate for county treasurer on the Prohibition ticket.
The family are members of the Ridge Avenue Methodist Episcopal church.
The parents of Mrs. Lentz were natives of North Annville, Lebanon county, and spent their whole lives there. The father for many years operated a grist mill, and was a highly respected citizen. They had fourteen children, eight of whom are living: Eliza, Mrs. Walborn; Levi; Edward; Sabina, Mrs. Lentz; Sarah, wife of H. E. Rider; Malinda, wife of Daniel Gillibach; John Adam, and Noah.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 14 March 2001
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