Biographical sketch of JAMES E. LUTZ from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
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JAMES E. LUTZ
In the death of the subject of this memoir, on the 4th of March, 1898, St. Clair county and the village of Yale lost one of their most honored citizens, and one whose life had been one of signal usefulness.He was postmaster of the village at the time of his demise, and had filled other important offices of trust and responsibility, while he was known as a man of marked initiative power and as one who “stood four square to every wind that blows.”He was prominent in the civic and business life of the county, and commanded unequivocal confidence and esteem.
Mr. Lutz was born in the township of Caister, province of Ontario, Canada, on the 10th of July, 1856, and three years later his parents, Simcoe (sic) and Eliza (Bowman) Lutz, came to Michigan and located on the old homestead farm still retained by the family, about two miles east of the village of Yale, in Brockaway township, where they continued to reside until their death.Concerning the parents, more specific mention is made in the sketch of their son Fred, appearing elsewhere in this volume.Concerning the career of James E. Lutz, we can not do better than to quote from an obituary notice appearing in one of the local papers at the time of his death:“He worked on the farm in summer and attended school in winter, and by faithful study he obtained an education which enabled him to become one of our most successful business men.In 1877 he was elected to the office of township superintendent of schools, which office he filled three successive terms.In 1885 he taught the Yale school for one term.Mr. Lutz was appointed postmaster in 1888 to fill a vacancy caused by the removal of the former incumbent to California.In 1890 he was elected township clerk of Brockaway township, which position he held three years.In 1893, during Cleveland’s second administration, he was reappointed postmaster, and held that office at the time of his death.Mr. Lutz and his brother Albert were the organizers of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of St. Clair and Sanilac counties, and they continued to be associated in the insurance business sin Yale until the time of the death of the subject.Mr. Lutz, by reason of his honest and upright life, was an example worthy of the emulation of any young man.By his death Yale loses one of her most valuable citizens, and the different societies a beloved brother.”Mr. Lutz was a stanch Democrat in politics and was a power in the local ranks of the party, and fraternally he was identified with the Masonic order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of the Maccabees.His death resulted from an attack of appendicitis, and his illness was of very brief duration.His funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church, on Sunday, March 6, 1898, and his remains were laid to rest in Elmwood cemetery.A local paper spoke as follows concerning the final obsequies:“Many who had come to pay their last respects to the honored dead were unable to even get inside the church, owing to the great crowd that had assembled to be present at the funeral of one so well beloved and respected.”
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