JOHN LUTZ. - John Lutz is a dealer in hats and men's furnishing goods in Springfield and to a creditable position in the business world he has worked his way steadily upward. He was born in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1856, and is a son of John M. Lutz, who was born in Germany. His parents came to the United States, the family settling in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1862 J. M. Lutz removed with his wife and children to Springfield, Illinois, and here followed the cooper's trade, which he had learned in the east. He continued the business in this city for a number of years, being extensively engaged in the manufacture of flour and pork barrels, which at that time were in great demand. Until a short time prior to his death Mr. Lutz continued actively and successfully in the business and was thereby enabled to provide his family with a comfortable home. His wife bore the maiden name of Margaret Hoffman and was also born in the fatherland, whence she came to the United States in her early girlhood. Their home in Springfield was located on Reynolds street and they became the parents of four children: Margaret, the wife of William Mooney, of Springfield; Elizabeth, the wife of Nicholas Gassler, also of that city; Caroline, who died in her fifth year; and John, of this review. The father was called to his final rest December 30, 1896, when in his sixty-eighth year.
John Lutz was the eldest of the family and in the city schools of Springfield he pursued his education until he reached his thirteenth year, when he entered the employ of the firm of Kimber & Ragsdale, dry goods merchants. He acted as a salesman and as his efficiency increased his wages were proportionately enlarged from year to year, and for thirteen years he remained with the house, a fact which is indicative of his marked loyalty and his enterprise. In 1884, having acquired a comfortable competence, he embarked in business on his own account as a dealer in hats, caps and men's furnishing goods at No. 204 South Sixth street. The storeroom which he occupies is twenty-one by one hundred and ten feet and is well stocked with the best and most approved style of goods in his line. His extensive acquaintance and his many years of connection with the business have made him one of the best known and most prosperous merchants in his line in the city, and his prosperity is the result of his fair dealing and earnest desire to please his patrons.
In 1890 Mr. Lutz was united in marriage to Miss Julia Giblin, of Springfield, a daughter of Mrs. Mary Giblin. They have two children: John Palmer and Leo Joseph, and have also lost one child, who died at the age of five years. Mr. Lutz is the owner of good residence property at No. 529 South Eighth street, and is a most genial and affable gentleman, whose social disposition and genuine worth have gained him a large circle of friends, which is constantly growing as the circle of his acquaintance is increased.