A(ugust) F Goetze

From the Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, published by the John M Gresman Company, Chicago-Philadelphia 1896

A(ugust) F GOETZE, a leading druggist of Dayton, was born in Cincinnati, October 21, 1858.  He is a son of August and Sophia (Hartman) Goetze.  His father was born in Cassell, Germany, June 9, 1829 and came to America and located in Cincinnati July 16, 1854. He received a good education in Germany and at once stepped into prominence in Cincinnati, where he was engaged in the wholesale hat business until 1882, when he removed to Dayton.  In 1883 he was elected city treasurer of Dayton and when he took charge of that office the little city was overwhelmed with debt.  Its bonds were held at from 60 to 75 cents on the dollar and there were no purchasers willing to take them at any price.  Mr. Goetze proved a very able financier and in ten years he paid every debt, including bonds to the amount of $40,000 in the Jamestown district.  There were few more popular or useful citizens of Dayton than August Goetze.

Herman Goetze (grandfather) was born in Cassel, Germany, June 29, 1778 and was a resident of that country all his life.  Sophia Hartman Goetze (mother) was born in Cassel, Germany, May 14, 1820 and received a fine education in that country.  Her marriage to Mr. Goetze took place on his arrival in this country in July 1854 and they have spent over forty years of married life together.  She is the daughter of Valentine Hartman, who was born in Germany May 13, 1779, and died there May 17, 1846.  His wife, Sophia was born August 22, 1800 and died May 22, 1830.

A F Goetze was educated in the public schools of Cincinnati finishing with credit to himself when sixteen years of age.  He attended the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1876 and was graduated in 1878 and while pursuing his pharmaceutical studies was employed in a drug store in Dayton and after completing his course located in that city permanently and has now one of the best retail drug stores in Campbell County.

Mr. Goetze is a Republican in politics as is his venerable father and is prominent as a Mason and Knight of Phythias.

He was married March 12, 1884 to Lula M Jones, daughter of Thomas Jones, a prominent politician of Dayton.  Mrs. Goetze was born April 15, 18632.  Their only child, Earl, was born December 24, 1884.


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