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Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Philips are the parents of three children, Frederick Philip, Marilou Angela and Janathan Philip. Philip Philips, son of Blagoy and Angeline Kaczmarek Philips, was born in Gary and moved from Gary to 700 N in 1936. He attended all twelve years at Portage and graduated in 1948. He spent two years at Valparaiso University, followed by two years in the United States Army. On discharge, he spent a semester at Indiana University Extension and then returned to Valparaiso University graduating in 1955. Mrs. Philips is the former Maxine Bartz, daughter of the late Fred H. Bartz and Mary Emily Pinkerton Bartz. Her father, Fred, was born in Valparaiso, Washington Township, on October 12, 1888. Maxine was born in Michigan City but her folks resided in Valparaiso. She attended her elementary and high school years in the Valparaiso system, graduating from Valparaiso High School in 1952. She attended Indiana University from 1952 to 1953, returning to attend Indiana University extension where she met Philip Philips. They married in Valparaiso on April 17, 1955. Frederick was born in Valparaiso on April 25, 1956. Phil, Maxine and Fred moved to Bloomington, Indiana, August, 1956 and spent one year on the Indiana University campus. Bill received his MBA at I.U. in August 1957 and Maxine worked a few more hours toward her BS. We moved back to Valparaiso in August 1957 and Philip taught business at Washington Township High School for three years. Marilou was born June 15, 1958. Phil worked a year at Midwest and Maxine continued to work toward her degree. In 1962, Phil joined his brother Carl Philips, who had purchased Briscoe Electric from Mrs. James Sullivan in 1960, and formed Philips Furniture & Appliance Inc. later changed to Philips, Inc. which they own and operate on East Lincolnway at the present time. In 1962, Maxine received her degree from Indiana University and Jonathan Philip Philips was born September 23, 1962. We have lived here all our lives. We are active members of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Phil is a Rotarian. Maxine is one the Family Service Association board of directors and a member of PEO Chapter J. We are active at present in the Valparaiso Band Parent Organization. In the past we have served on the YMCA, DAR and AAUW. We enjoy golf and bridge. Fred is now a sophomore at IU, Marilou a senior at Valparaiso High School and Jonathan a 7th grader at Thomas Jefferson. Valparaiso will always be home!!!

Mrs. Fred H. Bartz, Mary Emily Pinkerton Bartz, was born September 30, 1901, in Huntley, Nebraska, the daughter of William Armstrong Pinkerton and Mary Ellen Wisner Pinkerton. Her father had lived in the Valparaiso area as a child, grew to manhood in the area, spent two years near Plymouth during the Civil War, went to Kansas, Nebraska, and then back to Wanatah in 1902. Mrs. Bartz was educated in Wanatah and later worked in Valparaiso while attending Valparaiso University. She taught elementary school at Columbia School in Valparaiso in her early teaching career, married, taught homebound teaching and later taught at Pine Township. She married Frederick H. Bartz on November 25, 1932. He was born in Washington Township, October 12, 1888, son of William H. Bartz and Louisa Kaupke Bartz. They were the parents of three children: David Lee, stillborn November 1933, Maxine Joyce Bartz Philips, November 23, 1934, and Norma Lou Slanger, August 9, 1937. Mr. and Mrs. Bartz owned and operated the Home Ice Company, later known as the Clover Leaf Dairy for years. The dairy was sold to Mr. Herbert Brown, now Brown's, and Mr. Bartz later joined the First Federal Savings and Loan. He had served as a director on the board and retired as president in 1965. He was a Rotarian and active member of the First Christian Church. Mrs. Bartz was very active in the community. She was an active member of the First Christian Church and taught Sunday School for years and also active in the Christian Woman's Fellowship. She held membership in Valparaiso Woman's Club (served as president at one time) DAR (local and state and served as regent) Business and Professional Woman's club, American Legion, Retired Teachers Association, Mental Health, League of Woman Voters, Historical Society and Porter County Council of Church Woman. She was a Woman of Distinction. She spent a number of years as President of Porter County Council of Church Woman and led the woman in the founding and building of Whispering Pines Home for Senior Citizens. She was acting as administrator of Whispering Pines when stricken by a massive stroke July 18, 1969, which left her an aphasia patient and paralyzed on the right side. Mr. Bartz passed away December 16, 1970 and Mrs. Bartz is now residing at Whispering Pines since January 1975. She had been residing at the Bartz home which they purchased in the forties from Judge Davis.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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