WALTZ, DANIEL, farmer and dairyman, was born January 9, 1838. He is a son of Jacob and Sarah (Clemens) Waltz, who both died at an advanced age. He attended the schools of Dauphin and Lebanon counties. Since the age of seventeen years he has been continuously engaged in farming.

At the age of twenty-eight he married Melinda, daughter of Benjamin and Lydia Geisy. They have had twelve children, three of whom died in infancy: Gideon, Riley, and John; and Edward, at the age of twenty-four. Their surviving children are: Lydia A., Harriet E., Charles H., William T., Calra A., Benjamin F., Rose D., and Mabel M.

Mr. Waltz has an honorable record as a soldier. On July 28, 1861, he enlisted at Harrisburg, in company C, First regiment, light artillery, under Captain Simpson and Colonel Campbell. He served until the close of the war, and was honorably discharged at Camp Curtin, July 30, 1865. He participated in fifteen fiercely contested engagements, in all of which he displayed the qualities and bearing of a heroic soldier. His brother George, impelled by the same lofty patriotism, also enlisted, and laid down his life in defense of the Union. He was taken prisoner, and died of privation at Andersonville. A third brother, John H., also rendered patriotic service in the Two Hundred and First regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers. The record of these three brothers is worthy of preservation. It will show to the young men of the present and future that patriotism is among the virtues; that it may demand supreme sacrifice, but that its rewards are imperishable. Mr. Waltz is a staunch Republican. His family belong to the Evangelical church.

 

Historical Review of Dauphin County
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