HOLTZMAN, B. W. , retired merchant, was born in Washington township, Dauphin county, Pa., September 12, 1845; son of John and Elizabeth (Warner) Holtzman. His grandfather, George Holtzman, had a family of seven children. John Holtzman, father of B. W. Holtzman, was born March 2, 1796, and died April 25, 1875. His wife, Elizabeth Warner, was born March 16, 1808, and died February 13, 1867. They had seven children, tow of whom are deceased: Joseph who died May 4, 1857, and Hannah; she was the widow of Benjamin Riegle, Jr., by whom she had four children. She was married again, to Daniel Carl. The surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. John Holtzman are : Elizabeth, married George Longaback, has five children; John, married Susanna Weaver, had two children; she died and he married Sarah Schreffler, by whom he had three children; Mary, married Henry Bonawitz, had three children; Susanna, married Thomas Swab, had three children, all of whom are deceased, and B. W.
B. W. Holtzman took the regular course of instruction in the public schools of his township; at the age of sixteen he entered the Millersburg high school, which he attended for three terms. He then taught school for one term in his native township, after which he attended the State Normal School at Millersville; Lancaster county, Pa., for one term. Returning home he taught school for three terms at the Holtzman school house, one term at the Zimmerman school house, and later tow terms again at the Holtzman school house, near his home. In 1869 he removed to Upper Paxton township and taught the Pleasant Hill school five consecutive terms; then the Rising Sun school for five terms; then returned to Pleasant Hill and taught two terms more; then taught the Feidt’s school for one term, after which he taught five consecutive terms at the Fairview school. In 1877 Mr. Holtzman removed to his present homestead, which he had built the year before, and where he afterwards embarked in mercantile business. He continued in the business at Killinger for about eight years, then he closed out his store and spent some time in giving instructions in vocal music, which he had made his study from early boyhood. In 1892 he bought the farm of Widow Sheesley, formerly the property of the reformed church at Killinger.
Mr. Holtzman was married, January 2, 1868, to Mary, daughter of George and Catherine (Dreibelbiss) Wert. They had one child, Honora Hortensia, born January 19, 1869, March 22, 1868.
Mr. Holtzman is a Democrat. He was appointed postmaster at Killinger under President Cleveland’s first administration; was re-appointed in 1893, and still hods the same office. He has served on term as justice of the peace and several terms as assessor in Upper Paxton township. Mr. Holtzman and his family attend the Lutheran church.
The parents of Mrs. Holtzman are both decease. They had four children: Delilah, married to J. H. Rowe, has three children; Mary, Mrs. Holtzman; Malinda, who was one of twins, married to John E. Wiest, the other twin child died. The grandfather of Mrs. Holtzman was John George Wert, who married a Miss Miller.
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