From the Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, published by the John M Gresman Company, Chicago-Philadelphia 1896
EDWARD BLITZ, Mayor of Newport and a blacksmith and machinist doing business in Cincinnati, Ohio, was born in the latter city June 10, 1848. His parents removed to Newport in the same year and he has been a life-time resident of the city of which he is now the chief executive; was educated in the public schools; learned blacksmithing with his father, whose shop was in Cincinnati; when twenty-one years of age he bought his father's interest and has continued the business of blacksmithing and manufacturing in that place with profitable results and increasing trade until the present time, employing a large force of skillful mechanics and doing a high class of work.
Mr. Blitz has been identified with the affairs of Newport for many years, having served as alderman prior to his election as mayor and was a trustee of the waterworks for several years. He is a gentleman of excellent business qualifications and his standing in the community may be inferred from the honors that have been thrust upon him.
He was married in 1870 to Miss Sarah Miller, daughter of Peter Miller of Maysville, Kentucky, and they have five sons and one daughter living; Edward F, Charles H, George W, Lula May, Frederick B and Howard M. Amy E died in 1894 in her eighteenth year.
Mr. Blitz and his family are members of the Methodist Church South and he is a prominent Knight of Phthias and a member of the Royal Arcanum.
Charles Blitz (father) a native of Germany, came to the United States when he was six years of age. His parents settled in Pennsylvania and he remained with them until he was twenty years of age, when he went to Cincinnati and engaged in blacksmithing; removed to Newport in 1848 and is now retired from business in the seventy-second year of his age; a member of the Methodist Church and an honored and respected citizen.
Margaret Fable Blitz (mother) was a native of Germany and came to Cincinnati when a child; was educated there; married Mr. Charles Blitz in 1844 and died March 1892. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a woman of lovely Christian character.
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