Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Carl Betz

Carl Anton (Tony) Betz
Tony Betz and his family on their Lakefield Township Farm. The farm was located on Nelson Road in Section 26.



Carl Anton (Tony) was born June 9, 1885 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan to Joseph A. and Barbara (Hinterman) Betz. He married Elizabeth Winifred Tester on February 21, 1910. Elizabeth was born May 23, 1892, the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Evoy) Tester. Tony and Elizabeth lived on an 80 acre farm in Section 26 on Nelson Road. Their children went to the Bastedo School on Lakefield Road. Tony served as Lakefield Township Clerk in 1916; Board of Health in 1916 and 1918; Treasurer in 1930 and 1931. Elizabeth (Lizzie) was a member of the Lakefield Ladies Society in 1926 and 1927.


Tony and Elizabeth's children and spouses are:


  1. Donald J. Betz was born August 8, 1911 and married Leona M. Rummer. He died March 29, 1998.

  2. Russell Stanley Betz was born January 28, 1913 and married Margarite Dittenber. He died June 17, 1985.

  3. Carl A. Jr. Betz was born March 31, 1914 and married Beatrice M. Mayer. They both died August 31, 1945.

  4. Clare Ernst Betz was born December 9, 1915 and married Vivian David. He died May 17, 1968.

  5. Wilma Lois Betz was born July 5, 1917 and died June 18, 1918

  6. Wilbur Louis Betz was born May 5, 1919 and died July 5, 1993

  7. Joseph Betz was born November 30, 1920 and died November 30, 1920 and is buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  8. Lois Elizabeth Betz was born on October 26, 1926 and married Douglas Mallery. She died on November 23, 2013.

  9. Lucille Maxine Betz was born August 26, 1923 and married Joseph T. Searles. She died October 3, 1990.

  10. Duane Elmer Betz was born on June 6, 1925 and married Rosalia Chevez.

  11. Robert Charles Betz was born August 18, 1928 and married Delores Palmer. He died November 28, 2010.

  12. Gerald Ray Betz was born on October 9, 1930 and was married to M. Rita Ruchlewicz. He died on April 7, 1999

  13. twin Edna Fay Betz was born November 9, 1932 and married L.D. Wale. She died on December 2, 2001.

  14. twin Ethel May Betz was born November 9, 1932 and married Jerry Pullium. She died on August 8, 2018,

  15. Wanda Ann Betz was born February 21, 1935 and married M. Richard Gehrig. She died on May 5, 1998, 

  16. Ronald J. Betz married Jessie.


Tony passed away September 11, 1963 and Elizabeth on April 19, 1963. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

Sources: Joe Betz, Marriage License, Birth Records, World War I and World War II Draft Registrations, Lakefield Township 1916 Plat Map, United States Census, Death Records, S.S. Death Records, Obituaries, Joseph Betz's death certificate, Diane Shelton - granddaughter.


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