Re: Ferdinand Getz, Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio c1830
Below is a couple of articles that talk about Ferdinand Getz and his stables in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. I have copies of the pictures noted.
Lancaster Gazette-Gazette NOVEMBER 23, 2009
Where Were the Getz Stables Located?
This photo and the caption "Stables of William F. Getz" appear in the book Lancaster and Fairfield County compiled by Edward Ebbert in 1901 (p.166). Lucky horses was my thought as I admired the building and began wondering where it once was located. Reading the sketch about Getz, I learned about three generations in the undertaking business -- Ferdinand Getz (1807-1890), his son, William F. (1843-1922) and his son Ferdinand (1870-1950). An article in the Sesquicentennial Ed. of the Eagle-Gazette tells us Ferdinand Getz, a carpenter, was Lancaster's first undertaker. His obituary states he came to Lancaster from Pennsylvania in 1835, and his shop was located at the northeast corner of Columbus and Lundy's Lane (Fair Ave.).
In 1879 his son William built a modern residence and business block on the southwest corner of Columbus and Wheeling Streets. This was the location of W. F. Getz and Bro. [Charles] Undertaking, and then of Ferd W. Getz, Modern Funeral Director about 1900.
Ebbert wrote that in order for the business to "be more fully equipped and to make room for their constantly increasing carriages and hearses, they erected in 1893, spacious stables on North Columbus Street. It is a pleasure to go through such a thoroughly modern building, immaculate and perfect in its appointments, and to examine not only the fine vehicles, but especially the horses, the spotless white team, as well as the handsome blacks familiar to all Lancastrians."
So I am still wondering where the stables were built. Were they behind the building at Columbus and Wheeling, or further north on Columbus Street? I am hoping one of our readers might know.
I think it is interesting to note that Frank E. Smith came to Lancaster in 1910 and worked for the Getz Undertaking Co. until he began operating independently in 1916. Also, in 1923 when the Getz Co. closed, the business was sold to J. Vernon Halteman
Lancaster Gazette-Gazette, DECEMBER 14, 2009
Getz stables located
One of the featured photos on this page Nov. 23, 2009, was the "Stables of William F. Getz," and I asked readers for their help to discover where they had been located. Thanks go to all who responded, but special thanks go to Randy Getz and, his father, Thomas Getz.
Randy is the son of Thomas and grandson of Ferdinand William Getz (1870-1950). Randy and Thomas provided this photo and allowed me to share it with readers. Pictured are Ferdinand William Getz and his three sons: Thomas, Jim and Bob Getz. We believe the photo was taken in the 1930s.
Thomas remembers where the stables were located. Maywood Avenue is the first street east of North Columbus Street. It runs parallel to North Columbus and crosses Fair Avenue. If you take Maywood north of Fair, you soon cross an alley running to the east. Once you cross the alley, there now is a vacant lot on your right. That is where the stables were located. They clearly are outlined on the 1904 Sanborn Map.
Now of course I am wondering how long the huge stables built in 1893 stood in that location. Maybe someone will remember and share the date with us, or I will come across it one day on the page of an old newspaper.
For readers who might have missed the Nov. 23 article, it was about three generations of the Getz Family who were Lancaster undertakers from 1835 to 1923. The first Getz had his home/shop in 1835 on the northeast corner of Columbus Street and Lundy's Lane (now Fair Avenue), only a few yards from the stables built 58 years later.