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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 1224 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

The founder of the family of Goetz in Schenectady, Conrad (2) Goetz, descends from an old German family seated for many generations in Germany.

His father, Conrad (1) Goetz, was a farmer and a man of deeply pious religious nature. He was a lifelong member of the German Lutheran church, and reared his family in that faith. He was left an orphan when but a lad of nine or ten years, and during the Napoleonic wars of 1812-14 was pressed into service as a powder boy. He died in 1860, aged fifty-six years. He married a girl of the same province, Martha Hoffman. After the death of her husband she came to the United States with two of her sons, J. C. and Conrad, and died in Schenectady at the age of seventy-five years. They were the parents of five children, four of whom came to the United States, John and Elizabeth coming first, J. C. and Conrad coming later with their mother.

  1. George, married Mary Berg, and lives in Munster, Westphalia, Germany; children: George C., Amelia G., Mary, Matilda.
  2. John, came to the United States in 1868; married Dora Sunday, and died in 1908 in Schenectady. His widow survives him, also children: Conrad M., Louis, Emily, Frederick and Bertha.
  3. Elizabeth, came to the United States with her brother John in 1868; married Adam Koch, connected with the General Electric Company, and has five daughters, Rosa, Martha, Anna, Elizabeth, and Magdalina.
  4. J. C., came to the United States in 1869, died 1888; married Rosa Hauge, deceased, leaving daughter Antoinette and son George.
  5. Conrad, see forward.

(II) Conrad (2), fourth son of Conrad (1) and Martha (Hoffman) Goetz, was born in Immichenhain, Kuhrhessen, Germany, July 22, 1851. He received a good education in the German schools, and learned the trade of tailor. He came to the United States with his mother and brother in 1869, and located in Schenectady, New York. He worked at his trade as a journeyman tailor until 1881 when he began business for himself. He was an expert workman and fitter, and in his place of business in the Arcade on Wall street for twenty-three years carried on a most successful and profitable business. In 1904 his place of business was destroyed by fire. He reopened on Lafayette street, where he conducts a high-class merchant tailoring establishment, His fame is more than local, having much out-of-town trade. He was a member of the Reformed church, but became one of the leaders of the Temple congregation, which he serves as trustee. Politically his preference is for the Republican party. He is a man of broad and liberal views, generous in his impulses, and a good citizen. He married, in 1877, in Schenectady, Emily L. Golick, born in that city in 1854, daughter of Charles and Carrie (Hellrieger) Golick, natives of Prussia and Bavaria. They came to the United States and located in Schenectady when young. Charles Golick learned the trade of cabinetmaker, and was for years in the employ of Albert Brown, one of the oldest furniture houses in the city. Charles and Carrie (Hellrieger) Golick were married in Schenectady. Children of Conrad and Emily L. (Golick) Goetz:

  1. St. Elmo, born November 15, 1878; graduate of New York College of Dentistry, class of 1901, practising his profession in Schenectady, unmarried.
  2. Lillian, born 1879; resides at home; is a kindergarten teacher; she is a member of the Unitarian church.

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