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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LORANZ, HENRY, treasurer of Page county, P. O. Clarinda; born February 12, 1844, in Fulton county, Illinois. In 1858 he came with his parents to Iowa, and located in Page county. Here he grew to manhood, and was educated in the common schools. Enlisted July 14, 1860, in company A, Eighth Iowa cavalry, and served until June, 1865, when he was discharged by telegraphic orders from the war department discharging prisoners of war, having been taken prisoner of war August 1, 1864, near Newnan, Georgia, about thirty miles southwest of Atlanta, and was confined in Andersonville, Charleston, Florence and Wilmington. At the latter named place he was released and taken in transport to Annapolis, Maryland, where he was clothed and sent to St. Louis, and from thence to Clinton, Iowa, where he was discharged. On returning home he went into the mercantile business. In 1867 he went to Eastman’s College, where he took a commercial course, and returning home again went into the mercantile business in Clarinda, remaining in that business until 1870. In 1871 he was elected treasurer of Page county, assuming the duties of the office January 1, 1872, and has held the office ever since, and was reelected to the office for the term ending January 1, 1882, which shows the high esteem in which he is held by his friends and neighbors, and is a sure guarantee as to his qualifications to fill the office. He was married February 18, 1869, to Miss Carrie A. Little, a native of Fulton county, Illinois. They have had five children: Alfred B., Bertha R. and Carrie, living; buried two.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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