Biography of George W. Stahl
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George W. Stahl, a well known farmer on section 22, Pilot township, was born in that township on the 12th of February, 1846, of the marriage of Lorenzo and Rosa (Smith) Stahl. The parents, who were both born in Germany, came to the United States as children with their respective parents. They were married in Huron county, Ohio, where both were residing, but immediately following their marriage Mr. Stahl came westward to Iowa. in company with James McCombs. They hauled a threshing outfit through to this state by team and threshed one fall and winter in Muscatine county. The following spring they came to Iowa county and their threshing outfit was one of the first seen in this section of the state. Mr. Stahl immediately homesteaded eighty acres of land on section 28, Pilot township, Iowa county, and his wife joined him, the family home being established on the newly acquired farm. Mr. Stahl purchased additional land and became the owner of three hundred and forty acres in his home farm and a small tract of timber in English township. He passed away upon the homestead in 1890 when seventy three years of age.

George W Stahl received his education in the district schools and for some time after attaining his majority remained under the parental roof, cooperating with his father in the operation of the homestead. In 1884 he rented the home farm and began operating it independently. He was married the following year and continued to farm as a renter until 1886, when he purchased one hundred and fifty acres of land on section 22, Pilot township. He took up his residence thereon and has since cultivated that place. From time to time he has bought other land and now owns three hundred and seventy two acres of productive and well improved land. He derives more than a competence from his labors and is one of the substantial men of his township.

Mr. Stahl was married in 1885 to Miss Caroline Faas, a daughter of Gottlieb Faas, one of the pioneers of Pilot township. To that union have been born six children: Rosa C., the wife of Ralph Lortz, of Pilot township; Olga M., the wife of John Goettsche, also of Pilot township; Fred L., who is farming part of the land belonging to his father; and Elmer G., Glovia D. and Merlin O., all at home.

Mr. Stahl casts his ballot in support of the measures and candidates of the republican party and has been called to public office, having served for two terms as a member of the board of township trustees. For eleven years he has been treasurer of the school board and in that time has done much for the cause of popular education. Fraternally he belongs to the Modem Woodmen of America, and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church, of which he is a steward. He is a stockholder in the Williamsburg Savings Bank and in the Troy Creamery Company of Williamsburg, both of which are prosperous and growing institutions. He has found that agriculture offers scope for his best thought and energy and that it gives good financial returns. He also values highly the independence which the farmer enjoys to an unusual degree and has never regretted his decision to devote his life to agricultural pursuits.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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