Shelby  County  Indiana

Philo  Mutz

          This well known farmer and substantial citizen of Shelby county was born on the farm where he now lives in Jackson township, May 17, 1861, the son of Jacob and Mariah (Snepp) Mutz, the former a native of Berks county, Pennsylvania, who came to Shelby county, Indiana, when a young man and married here. He was a blacksmith by trade and was regarded as a very skilled workman, a large hearted and kinkly disposed man. His wife fell heir to some land. To them ten children were born, six of whom are living at this writing, namely: Charles, Oscar, Philo, Catherine, Etoile and Emma.
          Philo Mutz was reared on a farm and he grew to manhood under conditions conducive to health, both of body and mind. He worked on the farm during the summer months and attended the district schools during the winter. He attended Purdue Univeristy at Lafayette, Indiana, for one year.           Mr. Mutz was married to Mary E. Reed, who was born in Bartholomew county, this state, September 29, 1861, the daughter of Leven C. and Mahala (Smock) Reed. She was reared on a farm and received a common school education. To this union the following children were born:  Orville J., born in February, 1886, died October 2, 1907; he was a young man of unusual promise, and was a junior in Purdue University when he died. Millie A. was born October 7, 1887; she is a graduate of the Edinburg high school , and in 1909 is a junior in Franklin College. Carl S., born December 21, 1889, is a student in the Edinburg high school. These children are being given every opportunity by their parents, who are believers in education and wholesome home environment, and all of the children have bright futures before them.
          Mr. Mutz is the owner of a fine farm of two hundred and fifty-two acres in the section 32, Jackson township. It is under a high state of improvement and reflects much credit upon the owner, who is an excellent manager and a hard worker. He carries on a general farming and stock raising business, always having about him some stock of fine variety and quality. He also devotes consider- able attention to the growing of melons. His home is a beautiful and modern one, nicely furnished. All of Mr. Mutzís family are members of the German Evangelical Lutheran church, Mr. Mutz having been deacon of the same for a period of eight years. Mrs. Mutz is an active worker in the church, being assistant leader of the Kingís Messengers of the church. Mr Mutz is a member of the Edinburg Masonic Lodge, No. 100. In politics he is a Democrat and an active member of the County Central Committee, also a member of the Township Advisory Board. He is regarded as one of the leading citizens of Jackson township.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana by Edward H. Chadwick, B.S., assisted by well known local talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, pages 810.
Contributed by Jane Fullington, who descends from the Reed family.

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