Getz, Peter

Peter Getz was a goldsmith and jeweler. His place of business was on South Queen street, probably what is now the rear of the Conestoga National Bank Building. He was probably the first goldsmith in Lancaster. He was a self-taught mechanic of singular ingenuity, and was remarkable for the extraordinary elegance and beauty of his workmanship. In I792 he was a candidate for the position of Chief Coiner or Engraver in the United States Mint.

He was made a Mason in Lodge No. 43 on December 13, 1786. He was an active and useful member of the Lodge, filling various offices until December, 1792, when he was elected Senior Warden, in which position he served until June, 1793, when he was chosen Worshipful Master, he afterwards (June, 1797) was elected Junior Warden. He was one of the earliest members of Royal Arch Chapter. No. 41.

1. History of Lodge No. 43, F. & A. M. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, page 334.

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