Lorenz and Zehring family papers
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Edmund Simon Lorenz, son of Edward Lorenz and Barbara Gueth-Geil Lorenz, was born on July 13, 1854 in Canal Fulton, Stark County, Ohio. He was an American Pastor, hymnist and composer. After graduating from Otterbein College (1880) and Yale Divinity School (1883), Edmund served as President of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania from 1886-1888. During this time, he wrote hymns, and composed many gospel songs, anthems, and cantatas, occasionally using pseudonyms such as E.D. Mund, Anna Chichester, and G.M. Dodge. In 1890 he founded the Lorenz Publishing Company of Dayton. He edited three of the Lorenz choir magazines: The Choir Leader, The Choir Herald, and Kirchenchor and compiled and edited song-books and hymnals for his church. He married Florence Luella Kumler (1857-1943) on October 1, 1878 and together the couple had six children: Karl Kumler Lorenz (1879-1965), Justina Lorenz Showers (1885-1984), Mary Lorenz Van Deusen (1891-1975), Katherine Lorenz (1893), Edward Henry Lorenz (1895-1946), and Barbra Lorenz Reeder (1897-1990). Rev. Dr. Edmond Simon Lorenz died on July 10, 1942.
Karl Kumler Lorenz (1879-1965) joined his father's publishing company after graduating from Columbia University. He was one of the first founders of the Church Music Publishers Association. Karl married Caroline Boalt (1882-1955), daughter of John F. and Ellen Jane Boalt (Sheffler), in 1906. The couple's children included: Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter (1907-1996), Gretchen Lorenz Zehring (1910-2010) and Edmund B. Lorenz (1915-2010). After Caroline's death in 1955, Karl remarried Margaret Kenny Lorenz (1903-1969). Ellen Jane joined the Lorenz Publishing Company in 1932 as Editor-in-Chief and was made a partner in 1940. In 1964, Ellen pursued a Master in Music degree from Wittenberg University and at the age of 71, she earned her Ph.D. in Sacred Music from Union Graduate School and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Dayton. Ed Lorenz joined the company in 1940 as business manager. In 1958, he started a printing department which expanded rapidly.Ed installed the company's first computer system in 1964, making Lorenz one of the first in the music industry to do so. He was also very active in the Church Music Publishers Association and with ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
Gretchen Lorenz Zehring [Duchess] studied home economics at Simmons College in Boston after completing a course at the Fanny Farmer School of Cookery in Boston. She married Robert William Zehring (1903-1974) in 1932. Robert graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in economics, from the University of New York with a master of arts degrees, and from Harvard Business school with a masters in business administration. He worked as a sales expert for Louis DeJonge Company out of New York. The couple had three children: Linda, Robin, and Karen Zehring. Their daughter Linda Zehring was born on March 13, 1939. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1960. She married Daniel Richard Butler on August 20, 1960. After the death of her first husband, Gretchen married Glenn Martin Proos on April 10, 1977.
The Lorenz and Zehring family papers comprise: photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, music, printed materials, audio cassette tapes and films, poems, plays, report cards, minutes, clippings, diaries, certificates, genealogy research and family histories.
The first series consists of materials related to members of the Lorenz family and the Lorenz Publishing Company and includes: biographies, clippings, correspondence, films, photographs, and extensive family histories and genealogical research. Also included are poems and plays written by Caroline Boalt Lorenz.
Series two comprises materials related to the Zehring family and includes: audio cassettes and films, certificates, clippings, correspondence, photographs, travel diaries, budget books and financial records, report cards and academic papers, scrapbooks, and family histories. Most of the materials relate to: Gretchen Lorenz Zehring, Robert Zehring, and Linda Zehring Butler. There is also material related to members of the Butler and Proos families.
The collection is organized into 2 series:
Series 1: Lorenz family papers, 1880-2003
Series 2: Zehring family papers, 1903-2018
Gift of Linda Butler, 2019.
Accessioned as 2019.000009. Samantha Dodd wrote and encoded the finding aid, 2023.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Samantha Dodd
- Finding Aid Date
- 2023 May 1
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