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       John Botzenhart  

    John Botzenhart, Jr., the owner of a well-established grocery business at the corner of Race and Market streets, Troy, was born in this city, a son of John and Elizabeth (Steinmetz) Botzenhart. John Botzenhart was a shoemaker who learned his art when the apprentices to that trade were taught its every principle and particular. In the old days, when shoes were made to order, he became famed for his expert workmanship, and his footwear has always been of a superior character. He still conducts a shop at Troy, in which community he is known as a law-abiding and entirely reliable citizen. He and his worthy wife are the parents of two children: John, Jr., and Marie. John Botzenhart, the younger, was given the benefits of a high school education and on laying aside his school books secured employment in the grocery business. Later his services were secured by the Allen & Wheeler Company, of Troy, as manager of their retail feed and flour department, and subsequently he was identified with a grain elevator as bookkeeper and assistant manager. He entered his present business in 1917, when he purchased the stock and good will of W. G. Wells, at Race and Market streets. Here he has built up an excellent patronage through a policy of honest representation of goods, fair prices and courteous service, and his proprietorship of this business places him among the substantial retail merchants of Troy. Mr. Botzenhart married Clare, daughter of L. F. Henne, of Troy, and a sister of Albert Henne, who served in the United States navy during the late war. Mr. and Mrs. Botzenhart have two children: Caroline and Lois. Mr. Botzenhart was a generous contributor to all war measures, and Mrs. Botzenhart was most active in the Red Cross Society, where she was particularly helpful in knitting. Fraternally, he is identified with the local lodges of the Masons, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. He is a director of civil service and in other ways has discharged the responsibilities of citizenship, belongs to the Miami Club, in which he has numerous warm friends, and, with Mrs. Botzenhart is a member of St. John's Evangelical Church, in which he is serving as a member of the board of trustees.

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