Louis A. LENZ is the present efficient
At the age of twenty years our subject left
the parental roof and embarked in the grocery and farm implement
trade in the
Mr. LENZ was but twenty-two years of age when first elected clerk of Roberts township. That position he continued to fill until the fall of 1890, when he resigned to accept the nomination on the democratic ticket to the office of sheriff, to which he was duly elected and served four years, or until January, 1895, when he took possession of the office of county treasurer, having been elected as such in the previous November. To this office he was likewise elected on the democratic ticket, being the regular nominee of the party. From the time he was first qualified to vote, he has acted with the democratic party, and has warmly advocated its principles. He has ever taken an active interest in political affairs and his influence is always felt in the primaries of his party and at the polls.
While serving as sheriff of the county the
most delicate and difficult duty Mr. LENZ was called upon to
perform was in connection with the strike of the coal miners in
1894. To protect the property, and incidentally the lives of
many persons, in his official capacity, he had to assume control
of the coal mines of the county, and for that purpose he had
constantly employed for over one month from twenty-five to one
hundred men as deputies, sworn to assist in keeping the peace.
During the strike the deputies came into collision with the
miners but once, and that was at Wenona. No special damage was
done. The militia was called for at
On May 6, 1893, Mr. LENZ was united in marriage with Miss Minnie LENZ. One child has come to bless their home, to whom has been given the name of Charles.
Mr. and Mrs. LENZ are members of the German Lutheran church, Lacon, and are held in the highest esteem in the social circles of the city. Few men are better known, or who have more warm personal friends than the subject of the sketch, whose lifework bids fair to bring him other and higher honors in the future.
Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.