Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1864-1951

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Orpheus was born to Tobias and Mary Schantz (nee Moyer) on May 27, 1864 in Port Elgin, Ontario and raised alongside his seven siblings; Etta Lydia Mary Schantz, Sophie Emma Schantz, Austin Tobias Schantz, Franklin Abram Schantz, Arthur Benjamin Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine Schantz, and Herbert Cecil Palmer Schantz.

From September to December 1864, Tobias, Mary and Orpheus lived in Poughkeepsie, New York while Tobias attended the Eastman National Business College. Tobias completed his schooling in the spring of 1865 and the family returned to Port Elgin, Ontario in 1866.

In 1870 the family moved to the village of Hawkesville in Waterloo County. In 1877, the family moved to the village of Conestogo in Waterloo County.

In 1881 Orpheus moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa to work as a clerk in his uncle Levi. N. Moyer’s dry goods business. Orpheus initially lived with his uncle but eventually moved into a boarding house.

Orpheus married Cornelia (Carrie) Caroline Flagler (1864-1922) in Ottumwa, Iowa on January 30, 1889. The couple had two children; Ruth Schantz (1892-1976) and Worth Flagler Schantz (1902-1964).

Once married Orpheus and Carrie lived in Iowa Falls, Iowa but later moved to Chicago, Illinois because Orpheus acquired a job working for the department store Carson Pirie Scott & Company. Between 1912-1917 Orpheus acquired an elected position as Treasurer of the Cicero Area School Board.

Although he made his living as a dry goods merchant he had an abiding interest in ornithology, botany , geography and geology. He was president of the Illinois Audubon Society, secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Geographic Society and a popular author and lecturer.

In 1918 Orpheus visited the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He later formed a company called Schantz Tours that organized trips around the mountain range for over 20 years.

After he retired, Orpheus moved to Riverside, Illinois to live with his son Worth. In 1943 he moved with Worth and his family to Red Bank, New Jersey.

Orpheus died on September 2, 1951.

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Schantz, Worth Flagler (1902-1964)

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Schantz, Worth Flagler

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1902-1951

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Spelman, Ruth Schantz (1892-1976)

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Spelman, Ruth Schantz

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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Schantz, Tobias Kolb (1842-1925)

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Schantz, Tobias Kolb

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1864-1925

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Schantz, Mary (1840-1935)

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Schantz, Mary

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1864-1935

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Schantz, Herbert Cecil Palmer (1883-1912)

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Schantz, Herbert Cecil Palmer

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1883-1912

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Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine (1879-1938)

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Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1879-1938

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Schantz, Arthur Benjamin (1876-1958)

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Schantz, Arthur Benjamin

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1876-1951

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Schantz, Franklin Abram (1874-1962)

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Schantz, Franklin Abram

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1874-1951

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Schantz, Austin Tobias (1871-1959)

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Schantz, Austin Tobias

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1871-1951

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Schantz, Sophie Emma (1869-1958)

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Schantz, Sophie Emma

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1869-1951

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White, Etta Lydia Mary (1866-1900)

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White, Etta Lydia Mary

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1866-1900

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Schantz, Cornelia Caroline (1864-1922)

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Schantz, Cornelia Caroline

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Schantz, Orpheus Moyer

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1889-1922

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Revised by NM in January 2019.

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  • Orpheus Moyer Schantz, 1881-1951: A personal memory by Harold Russell. SCA118-GA391-2-70
  • "Orpheus M. Schantz." Chicago Tribune. September 4, 1951. p. 53

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