Since 1867 Jacob Stiernemann, a well known blacksmith of Otley, has resided in this county, although he was born
in Greneckin, Switzerland. His birth occurred on the 1st of October, 1840, and he was therefore a young man of
twenty six years when he emigrated to America, as he arrived in this country in 1866. His parents were Jacob and
Maria (Wehrlie) Stiernemann. The father was born in Switzerland in 1809 and died there in 1894, and the mother,
whose birth occurred in Switzerland in 1810, passed away in 1873 in her native land. To their union were born six
children: Sallie, Samuel, Jacob, Mary, Andrew and Annie.
Jacob Stiernemann, the only surviving member of the family, received his education in Switzerland and after landing
in New York in 1866 went south and for six months worked on a plantation near Brunswick, Georgia, which belonged
to General Gordon. At the end of that time he went successively to Baltimore, Kentucky and Keokuk. He then came
to Marion county and after staying at Pella a short time removed to Otley, where he purchased a lot and started
a blacksmith shop. This was in 1867 and he has since worked at his trade, which he learned in Switzerland. In the
intervening years he has bought out three men and now has the only shop in the town. His work is of a high quality
and his services are satisfactory to those who patronize him. He has prospered financially and owns his comfortable
residence here and ten lots. He built his own home and also two other houses and derives a gratifying addition
to his income from the rent of his town property.
In 1868 Mr. Stiernemann was married to Miss Maria Carter, a daughter of Daniel and Lydia (Brucher) Carter. On her
mother's side she is of Pennsylvania Dutch stock. She was born in Ohio, but in 1850 accompanied her parents to
Iowa. Their children were Reuben, Rachel, George, Maria, James, Elizabeth Rebecca, King and Lydia. Mrs. Stiernemann
was educated in Ohio and remained at home until her marriage, which was solemnized two miles northwest of Otley.
To Mr. and Mrs. Stiernemann have been born five children: One who died in infancy; Minnie, whose birth occurred
on the 23d of April, 1872; John, born April 23, 1875; Simon, January 29, 1880; and Herman, whose birth occurred
on the 9th of November, 1881.
Mr. Stiernemann was reared in the faith of the Lutheran church, from which he has never departed, and his influence
is always on the side of right and justice. In politics he is a democrat and has served upon the school board for
fifteen or twenty years. Fraternally he is quite well known, belonging to a number of orders. For ten years he
has been a member of the Knights of Pythias of Pella, since 1873 he has been identified with the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows of Monroe, and he belongs to the blue lodge of the Masons at Monroe and to the commandery at Newton,
having attained the Knights Templar degree. His daughters are members of both the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs.
His life has been at all times open and straightforward and his fellow citizens esteem him highly, as they know
him to be a man of upright life and public spirit.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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