Biography - Jesse Lentz
JESSE E. LENTZ, agricultural implements, Anna, was born in North Carolina in 1831, to Charles and Susan (Simmons) Lentz. He was raised on a farm in North Carolina, and educated in the subscription schools of the period. He died in 1855; was of German descent. She was born in North Carolina and died in Georgia, where the family had removed. They had twelve children, of whom nine are now living, our subject was brought up on the farm, and early learned the trade of blacksmith. He came-to Anna in 1851, then scarcely twenty years of age, and when he arrived had but 25 cents and the clothes he wore. He worked with Adam Cruse, of Jonesboro, for two years, and in 1854 went to California. In 1855, he returned to Union County, and resumed his trade and opened a shop of his own, in which he continued until 1879, when he engaged in the agricultural implement business. He is the owner of 126 acres of land. He has been instrumental in building up the town, having erected a number of the fine brick buildings. He was married, in December, 1859, to Miss Sarah Braiznell, a native of England. They have no children. Politically, Mr. Lentz is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 77.