â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 641-42
George W. Swartz. In agricultural communities throughout the country there will be found from time to time men who devote their energies especially to the cultivation of a certain product, and it is a habit that is especially commendable, for many reasons that need not be enumerated here. But it is seldom that one chances upon one of these specialists who gives himself to the production of the horseradish root. This, however, is the especial province of George W. Swartz, and it has remained for him to gain a degree of fame as the cultivator, manufacturer and marketer of that well known and altogether delightful relish. So widely known is Mr. Swartz as the devotee of this particular industry that he is known far and near as â€œHorseradishâ€ Swartz, and it is a title that he is in no wise inclined to refute, or take exception to.
George W. Swartz was born in Portage county, Ohio, on November 27, 1839, and is a son of George Swartz and the grandson of Mathias Swartz, the latter a native of Pennsylvania, of German ancestry, his parents having come from Germany. The mother of the subject was Mary Pauling, and she was born in Maryland, though her parents were of English birth. The father was a prominent Methodist all his days. He was a member of the church from boyhood and a class leader in the church for thirty years. He was the son of a Methodist preacher, Mathias Swartz having preached for fifty years from the pulpits of that denomination. He died in 1850. In 1856 George Swartz left his native state and came to Indiana, settling in Akron, where he lived until his death in 1869. He was the father of a family of twelve children, of which number only two are living at this writing,-Mathias Swartz of Toledo, Ohio, and George W. of this review. The first mentioned is a veteran of the Civil War, having served three years as a member of an Indiana regiment.
George W. Swartz had his somewhat limited education in the district schools of Ohio and Akron, Indiana, and when he was twenty-one years old he enlisted in the Union army. After a brief service he was mustered out and returned to his home in Akron, where he turned his attention to the carpenter business and worked at the trade for some time. It was some years ago that he settled in Dallas township and began to farm, and he gradually interested himself in the growing of horseradish for the market. His success was so marked, even from his small operations, that the possibilities of the work made a strong appeal to him, and he gradually worked in to the business on a larger scale, experiencing a success that has fully justified the close attention he has given to the matter. He has a ready market for his product in Huntington and Andrews, and the fact that the best horseradish on the market in this section of the state is the Swartz product, gave rise to the familiar title â€œHorseradishâ€ Swartz.
In September, 1869, Mr. Swartz married Isadore Bauserman, and to them have been born six children, five of whom are now living. Frank is a resident of Huntington; Lenora; Edna, of Michigan City; Clara, the wife of James Wilson of Seattle, Washington; and Ray, unmarried and living at home.
The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, having adhered through four generations to the faith of the family. Mrs. Swartz, however, has membership in the Holiness Christian church, and she is a class leader and an ardent worker in that church. Mr. Swartz is a member of Andrews Post No. 116, G. A. R., and in his politics he is a republican, alert and active in the interests of the party, in so far as his influence reaches.
The Swartz family is well established in Dallas township, and are held among the best people of the community, wherein they have a wide circle of friends of which they are well worthy.