Clipped From The Gettysburg Times
an by on in Be- fined pay $78 WENTZ MARKER IS DEDICATED TO PROGENITOR For 7-Year-Old Valentine Wentz Unveils Monument To Pioneer I Of Family. | Four hundred persons met at Sher- : man's chui'ch, below Hanover, Wed! nesday, for the first reunion of the j Wentz family. A number of people I from Pennsylvania and Maryland j were represented in the throng, which I was brought together toy the dedica- I tion of a momjment to Valentine I Wentz, the American progenitor of I the family. i The monument, a large block of I Barre granite, takes the place of I old stone that for nearly a century , and a half marked the resting place I of the first Wentz in this country. J The inscription on the monument tells j the story: "Valentine Wentz, born I 10, 1717, at Partenheim. in the Palatinate, Germany, son of Frederick and Mary, caime to America, Septem- j t*i 11.1 JII_*A l j r \-tuin Â«-- w j . i i i ^ i i ^ . c i f k_Â»T-j^vtuilTM Ad-J ber 2, 1743, married Barbara Jena- | con! i 24 at , 1 wenner, August 31, 1758, had six sons aml five daughters, and died. April T ^QK " ' ,, ,. , ,, Excellent Program Thc monument was unveiled by seven-year-old Valentine Wentz, of ! Gettysburg, the eighth of that name eight successive generations. The formal dedication was performed by Professor A . R. Wentz, of Gettysburg, and Rev. A. M. Hollinger, of Hanover. After the dedication a program of exei'cises was rendered in the grove adjoining the church. J. Valentine Wentz, of Lineboro, Maryland, presided over the meeting, but placed | program in charge of his son, Wentz. The gathering first received letters of greeting from Governor Pinchot Pennsylvania and Governor Ritchie of Maryland. Other features of the program weire addresses by A. R. Brodbeck, ofÂ«Han- Wel' "inside" of Penn- county vote I whom i over . and the Rev. Dr. Wentz, of Get- tysburg. Mr. Brodbeck, in an elo- and forceful manner, 'extended iVHcitations on the splendid idea and sub- i u f ' n o execution in perpetuating the memory of the progenitor of all the Wenty.es. He congratulated the dan on the high achievemtns of its mem- ibers. in all the various walks of life, particularly in its contribution to that substantial middle class of people I which is the backbone of every nation. i l l "time out," at i not, the in ro- and by ; Ho stirred the groat encourse of his heareis with his glowing tribute to sturdy qualities of their pioneer ancestors in this part of thc country fired the entire gathering with zeal perpetuate "a living monument of character and achievement on the f o u n d a t i o n of the first Valentino Wentz's toil and sacrifice." Traces Family History Dr. Went/, recounted his experiences in tracing down the history of the whole family. He told of his visit to Partenheim in Genmany and his discovery of important facts concerning the Wentz ancestors. He explained the moaning of the name and told why Valentine Wentz came to I America and why he settled in York 1 and Baltimore counties. He exhib'it- I ed a general view of the village of ! Partenthoim, a photograph of the | church where Valentino Wentz was | baptized in 1717, and his original | patents for lands in America. One 1 those patents is signed by Benjamin I Franklin and another by Thomas and ! Richard Ponn. Interesting reminiscences and greetings were read from from Mrs. Lamanda Frlman, of Scheneclady, New York, who is 84 years old, and the only living great-grandchild of the i original Valentine Wentz. Personal i greetings wore also received front 1 Miss Vera Catharine Brungart, of [ Washington, D. C.. as a representa- ' tivc of tho Bnmcrart Reunion Associa- j tion, of Centre county, Pennsylvania, which pei-pctuates one line of the de' scendants of Valentino Wentz. Short remarks woie made by Rc\. Messrs.. Hollinger, Stahiman, Hollenbach. ami [ Rohmeyer. i Band Selections Tho program was interspersed with appropriate airs by thc Alosia Silver Cornet Band. Tho spirit of cordiality and Â·'fieundschaff marked the en' tiro day and all its exorcises, and ' there was a constant renewing of old i acquaintances and a making of new I onos. So pleased was thc crowd with tho ' success of tho occasion that it was determined to "do it again." A perma- | ncnt organization was formed with officers as follows: President, Dr. A. C. Wontz, of Hanover; vice president, Mrs. Bertha Wontz Hoffflcker, of Hanover; secretary-treasurer, H. T. Wontz, of Lineboro, Maryland. In their hands arc left Â»11 arrangements for tho. next reunion and any further activities of thc clan.