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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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MENTZER, P. H., merchant, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, September 3, 1843. When eleven years of age he came to Iowa with his parents, who located in Linn county. In 1871 he came to Shenandoah, and opened the first exclusive grocery store in the new city. The firm of Mentzer Brothers have the finest grocery store and building in the county. Mr. Mentzer was married November 5, 1872, to Miss Dessie S. Owens, a native of Warren county, Pennsylvania. This was the first wedding in Shenandoah. They have no children of their own, but care for an adopted son.

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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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