The Families of Adam Keith

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Harvey Breneman Lutz, Esq. [1872-after 1930]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Hieronimus Keith2>Michael Keith3>Elizabeth [Keith] m. [Jesse Z.] Lutz4>Joseph Keith Lutz5>Harvey Breneman Lutz6           

Source: Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co., Pa., 1903 by J. H. Beers & Co., page 1048.


HARVEY BRENEMAN LUTZ, one of the younger members of the Lancaster County Bar, with residence in Lancaster, is closely identified with one of the oldest and most noted families of this section of the State.


The first of the name in Pennsylvania was Casper Lutz, a farmer, who came to America in 1738, locating first at Reading, thence soon afterward removing to Muddy Creek, this county. The descent of Harvey B. from Casper Lutz is through John, John (2), Jesse and Joseph K., the two last named being grandfather and father, respectively, of Harvey P. One of the ancestors was a colonel in the Revolution. Grandfather Jesse Lutz was an extensive manufacturer of hats in this county, and during the Civil war he also manufactured guns; he died Jan. 1, 1899, aged ninety-four years. At one time he owned the "Black Horse Hotel" property on North Queen street, Lancaster, a famous old hostelry, well remembered by the older citizens of the city. ...


Joseph K. Lutz, father of Harvey B., in early manhood engaged in mercantile business in Philadelphia, later owning stores in Fritztown, Berks county, and Blainsport, Lancaster county, finally embarking in the hardware trade at Reading, which he successfully carried on for years. He is now living retired at Blainsport. In 1868 he married Miss Frances J. Breneman, daughter of John and Mary Breneman, of Donegal, this county. Mr. Breneman died about 1861; he was a lineal descendant of Melchoir Breneman, who came to America in 1717, settling in this county, where he took up an extensive land grant from the Penns. To Joseph K. and Frances J. (Breneman) Lutz were born two children: Irwin B., a druggist in Denver, this county; and Harvey Breneman, who is fully spoken of below.


Harvey B. Lutz was born June 26, 1872, at Blainsport, Lancaster county, and was educated in part at the schools of his district and in part at Palatinate College (Myerstown, Pa.), Muhlenburg College (Allentown, Pa.), and Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.), from which latter institution he was graduated in 1893. Almost immediately after his graduation Mr. Lutz entered the law office of Charles I. Landis, now one of the judges of the courts of Lancaster county, and was admitted to practice Sept. 18, 1896.


On Oct. 12, 1898, Harvey B. Lutz was married to Miss Mabel O. Russell, daughter of Joseph C. and Teresa Russell, the former of whom is general superintendent of the National Transit Co., more familiarly known as the Standard Pipe Line Co., with offices in Pittsburg and elsewhere, Mr. Russell's chief office being in the Woolworth building, Lancaster. To Mr. and Mrs. Lutz have been born two children, Joseph Russell and Kathryn Teresa. Mr. Lutz, while at college, belonged to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Socially he is a member of the Blue Lodge, F. & A. M., of the I. O. O. F., and of the Elks. In politics he is a Republican. The home occupied by the family is an ideal one, pleasantly situated on Marietta avenue, in the western suburbs of the city of Lancaster, and it is noted for the hospitality of its inmates.