Memorial Address
by Rev. Charles Hanson

A Personal Statement about Compiling the Stoltz Geneology

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Eurus Vernon Stoltz
29 August 1909 - 1 May 1981

Author of The Stoltz Genealogy
1634 - 1980
Ancestry and Decendants
of Johann Adam Stoltz

62541. EURUS VERNON STOLTZ

Eurus Stoltz was born on a Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, 29 August 1909 at the old home place of his great-grandfather, Adam Johann Stoltz located two-and-one-half miles south and one-fourth mile west of Lancaster, Stoltz Prairie, Lancaster Precinct, Wabash County, Illinois. Eurus' father was Lewis Franklin Stoltz and his mother was Margaret Blanche Stoltz. Margaret Stoltz, who was called 'Blanche' was the daughter of Jacob Stoltz and Hattie Dixon. See Branch IV, Johann George Stoltz, Number 649, Jacob Stoltz, for data on Blanche's family. Lewis and Blanche were second cousins. Their paternal grandparents were brothers--Adam Johann Stoltz and Johann George Stoltz. Eurus was a typical Stoltz--6'-3" in height and weighing approximately 220 pounds. He had red hair like several of his second cousins on his mother's side of the family. Eurus was named in honor of his mother's very close friend who had just lost her firstborn child whom she had planned to name 'Eurus'. 'Eurus' is a classical Greek name and as far as can be determined this is the first time it is used in the Stoltz lineage.

Except for two or three brief intervals, Eurus spent his childhood and teens on his parents' twenty-nine acre farm located two miles west of Friendsville, Illinois. Eurus attended and was graduated from Stoltz School and Lancaster High School with academic honors.

During World War I, Eurus and his parents lived with his paternal grandmother, Caroline (Fornoff) Stoltz. Eurus also stayed with his grandmother during the three years he attended Lancaster High School. It was she who told him many stories about the family in Germany. She was very proud of the family heritage and it was through her and his father's influence that he became enthusiastic about the family heritage and motivated to write a history of the Stoltz family.

After graduating from Lancaster High School, Eurus took his fourth year of high school at Mt. Carmel, Illinois. He was an outstanding athlete during his high school and college years. He was the 'designated all-star center' of the Tri-State basketball tournament in 1927, which Mt. Carmel won. In 1930 he entered McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois, under an athletic scholarship. He played both basketball and football. He was a member of the Alpha Mu Omega Athletic Fraternity.

Eurus rejected an offer of an appointment to West Point and a military career in favor of a career in education. His first teaching position after leaving McKendree College in 1933 was at McNair School--a one-room school located about two miles north of Friendsville, Illinois. He also taught at Stoltz School--the one-room, eight-grades school he attended before attending high school. His twenty-two year teaching career covered a variety of positions ranging from one-room schools like McNair and Stoltz Schools, where he taught all eight grades, to Mt. Carmel Junior High School, where he taught Math, Physical Education, and did coaching; to Robinson, Illinois, Senior High School, where he taught Industrial Arts and Vocational Building Trades. Also during these years he had other accomplishments and secondary positions, one of which was to complete the studies for his master's degree in Industrial Education at the University of Illinois.

In 1955 he accepted a position with the Illinois State Board of Vocational and Technical Education as Supervisor of Trade and Industrial Education. In 1962 he was made Chief of the Trade and Industrial Education Service for the State of Illinois. He continued in this position until his retirement in September 1970.

In 1934, at the start of his professional career, Eurus purchased his grandfather Jacob Stoltz's 40 acre farm from the heirs. It is described as the S.E. 1/4 of the N.W. 1/4 of Section 28, Township 1 North, Range 13 West of the 2nd Principal Meridian. Eurus married Marjory Mowe 2 May 1936 at the Methodist Parsonage, East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, Rev. William Bennett officiating. Marjory's father was Daniel Mowe, born 16 December 1885 at Avery's Hill in the vicinity of Dutch Hollow near Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, and her mother was Eleanor Cora Deischer, born 16 September 1888 at O'Failon, St. Clair County, Illinois. Marjory Mowe was born 17 July 1912 at Lebanon, Illinois. Marjory graduated from Lebanon High School. She was a member of the high school band and the McKendree College marching band. After graduation Marjory worked several years as a nurse for a local doctor. At the time of her marriage, she was a telephone operator for the Lebanon Telephone Company, Lebanon, Illinois. Eurus and Marjory lived on the Jacob Stoltz home place until 1946. At that time he sold the farm and moved to Mt. Carmel, Illinois for a short time. Then Eurus and Marjory lived at Robinson, Illinois, during the years he taught there. In 1955 when Eurus accepted a supervisory position with the Illinois State Board of Vocational Education, they moved to Springfield, Illinois.

When Eurus retired in1970, he began collecting data for this genealogy. He wrote many letters seeking information. He visited courthouses, libraries and cemeteries. He worked long hours into the night piecing together scattered bits of information for the genealogy. After eight years of searching and compiling, he had found most of the information he sought, and had prepared most of the draft for the genealogy. He was anxious to see his work completed and into the hands of those who were interested in reading it. However, this was not to be. He lost his long battle against cancer and died 1 May 1981. Eurus was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the York Rite, the Scottish Rite, and the Anshar Shrine. He was president of the Anshar Shrine Retirees' Club in 1975. In 1978 he was Worshipful Master of Tyrian Lodge #333, Springfield, Illinois. Marjory continues to live in the home at Springfield, Illinois. Eurus and Marjory had two children, both born at Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana.

625411. Daniel Lewis Stoltz, born 9 December 1937.

625412. Linda Lee Stoltz, born 3 February 1944.