Henry A. Schantz

Pg. 406-407 - Henry A. Schantz. The Schantz Implement Company has been an integral part of the commercial life of Grand Rapids for nearly forty years and is favorably known among the farmers of the whole of Kent County. Henry A. Schantz, who is now the proprietor of the company which was established by his father, was born in Grand Rapids, August 27, 1892, the son of Alfred and Emma (Pfeffer) Schantz, the former of whom was born in Kent county in 1866 and the latter in 1870. Alfred Schantz was born on a farm where he stayed and worked until he was twenty years old. In 1886, he came to Grand Rapids and started in the farm implement business, his concern being known as the Schantz Implement Company. He developed a good trade among the farmers of the county and continued to operate his business until the time of his death in 1918. His widow is still living in Grand Rapids. Henry A. Schantz was educated in the graded and high schools of Grand Rapids, graduating from the latter institution with the class of 1912. His education completed, he went into business with his father. At the time of his fatherís death, he took over the management of the business and has continued in that work until the present time. He has managed the firm so successfully that the trade has been increased. Retail hardware, farm implements, wind mills, seeds, and similar goods are handled by the company, which is known among the farmers as one of the most substantial sort and whose goods are of the best. Mr. Schantz is recognized as a man of excellent business judgment by his associates in business. On May 29, 1917, he married Miss Helen Bremer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bremer, pioneer farmers of Kent County. To Mr. and Mrs. Schantz have been born two children, Donald, born March 21, 1918, and Walter, born March 3, 1922. Mr. Schantz is the owner of a cottage at Spring Lake, where he spends much time fishing when he is away from the cares of his business.

Transcriber: Mary Huizen
Created: 12 March 2003