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Submitted by Elizabeth Burns, Aug 2002

H.W. Etz
Arizona, The Youngest State, 1913, pg 113

H.W. Etz has for thirty one years been identified with the commercial interests of Benson where he is engaged in the meat business with two of his brothers.  He is a native of Kansas, born in 1859 and a son of William and Helena Etz.  The father passed away in Kansas during the childhood of our subject, who is the eldest in a family of six children, five of whom are still living.  The mother married again and in 1889 removed to Arizona, making her home in Benson until her death in 1912.

H.W. Etz was reared in his native state where he received his education.  Soon after attaining his majority he came to Arizona and for a time was employed in a meat market at Tombstone.  In 1882 he removed to Bisbee, where he established a butcher shop, which he conducted for two years.  At the end of that time he returned to Tombstone, remaining there until 1885 when he came to Benson and founded the market he has since conducted.  He owns a large cattle ranch eighteen miles north of Tucson since 1883 and owns an interest in a thousand acres of land near Benson, six hundred of the tract being under irrigation.  He also owns his place of business and residence and a fine home in Los Angeles, California.

In 1899 Mr. Etz was married to Ada M. Nye who was born in Illinois, whence the family removed to Colorado, where the father died.  In 1884 she accompanied her mother to Arizona.  She is one of a family of five children and in turn has become the mother of five children: Helen, a high school graduate and a musician, now the wife of William Grover of Los Angeles; George H., a graduate of the Manual Art School of Los Angeles; Agnes M., a graduate of the Los Angeles Business School; H.W. Jr., a member of the senior class in the manual training school; and Alva Nye, a student in the grammar school at Los Angeles.

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