Abilene in Dickinson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
J. E. Johntz Home
A familiar trend of the early Abilene days was for a local businessman to have interests in several aspects of the economy. One such pioneer Abilene merchant was John Edward Johntz. He, along with other noteable businessmen of the time, had an interest in the Rice, Johntz, Nicolay Lumber Company, the Johntz Bros., Gordon and Giles Elevators, and the Johntz, Rice, and Nicolay Milling Company. This milling company eventually became the Security Mills of Abilene. Johntz was also a founder of the Citizens Bank.
John E. and Hettie Johntz were married in 1870 and built their first home in that year on this site. By 1880, as the Johntz businesses prospered, plans were under way to remove the original building and replace it with this beautiful, stately home. With his interest in the lumber com[pany] only the finest materials were used in the construction and the walls of brick were made over one foot thick. The home was always open to friends and the Johntz hospitality played a major part in lifting the social life in Abilene. Johntz's sons built two more of Abilene's outstanding homes. Christian built the home on the northwest corner of this intersection and J. Edward built the home at 307 North Vine.
Erected 1976 by Abilene Bicentennial Project. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene KS 67410, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hotel Sunflower (approx. 0.2 miles away); United Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); C. H. Lebold Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of First Settlers' Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Texas Street (approx. ¼ mile away); D. G. Smith Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Pacific Depot (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Also see . . .
1. Johntz Residence and Mill Period Illustration. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Johntz at Find-A-Grave. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.