JOHN STAHL, president of the corporation of John Stahl & Sons, and one of the prominent and influential
business men of the Metropolitan area, is one of the oldest settlers in his particular section of The Bronx. Mr.
Stahl was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 25, 1867, in the family home on Ridge Road, a son of John
and Mary (Ruhland) Stahl, both of whom are now deceased, the mother having been a native of Huntshausen, Germany.
The father, John Stahl, Sr., was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and served with distinction as a first lieutenant
in the German wars, afterwards coming to America and settling in Philadelphia. Later the family moved to New York
State when the son was still a child, and located in the town of Wakefield, now a part of the Borough of The Bronx,
the family home being on Richardson Avenue, near Two Hundred and Fortieth Street, known at that time as Westchester
Avenue and Fulton Street.
John Stahl, Jr., received his education in the local schools, attending Washingtonville Public School in South
Mt. Vernon, the Wakefield Public School, and the Mt. Vernon Grammar School on Fourth Avenue of that town. At the
early age of fifteen years he embarked upon his business career by apprenticing himself to the plasterer's and
bricklayer's trade, which he learned under the expert tutelage of his uncle, John Koedding, who was a pioneer builder
and a leading contractor of that section of The Bronx. He continued with his uncle until the latter retired from
active business, and then engaged extensively in the general contracting business until the year 1916. At that
time he established the John Stahl Warehouse, which formerly had been conducted by Charles J. Reinhardt, and in
a short time had built the business up to great proportions. Recently he has added a fire proof extension, covering
ground space measuring eighty seven by one hundred and thirty five feet, which gives him two modem storage warehouses
in addition to a large store front, in which he conducts a flourishing agency for the Chrysler Automobile Company.
He has lately incorporated his business, under the laws of the State of New York and taken his sons into the firm,
operating under the name of John Stahl & Sons Corporation, of which he is president and treasurer. Mr. Stahl
is one of the oldest settlers in this section of The Bronx, and only recently proved his public spiritedness by
selling for the benefit of The Bronx Parkway an acre of ground and a tract at North Two Hundred and Thirteenth
Street and Bronx Boulevard, southwest, measuring three hundred by three hundred feet for park purposes, as well
as the same size tract at Two Hundred and Sixteenth Street, southwest corner, along The Bronx River Parkway, and
both concerns at Two Hundred and Twenty fourth Street and The Bronx Boulevard all for park purposes.
Mr. Stahl fraternizes with Hopewell Lodge, No. 192, Free and Accepted Masons, and also holds membership in The
Bronx Republican Club, and the Warehousemen's Association.
John Stahl was married (first), in the family home in Mount Vernon, New York, on May 1, 1888, to Annie Torbeck,
who died on August 19, 1901, a daughter of John A. and Mary K. Torbeck. The following five children (all of whom
are now, 1926, living) were born of this union: 1. May K., born February 26, 1889; married George Hill, a general
contractor of White Plains, and they have two children, Emma and Leila Hill. 2. John C., born June 3, 1891; married
Mary• Hannan, who died in April, 1922, leaving one child, Loraine Stahl. 3. Frederick A., born December 3, 1892:
married Florence Skrivan, and they are the parents of one child, John F. Stahl. 4. Harry J., born March 3, 1895;
married Rose Vitaseck, and they have two children, Harry J., Jr., and a younger child. 5. Lorain, who married Edwin
W. Klein. John Stahl was married (second), in the parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal Church at One Hundred and
Fifty eighth Street, by the Rev. Dietrich Pape, of Paterson, New Jersey, to Paulene Pape, a daughter by adoption
of John D. and Johannah (Tinken) Pape. By this second marriage Mr. Stahl is the father of five children, as follows:
6. William Harris, born December 20, 1908. 7. Robert Wesley, born August 14, 1911. 8. Ruth Evelyn, born February
3, 1914. 9. Marjorie Paulene, born March 17, 1917. 10. Paulene Doris, born July 6, 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Stahl, who
are prominent in the social circles of their community, maintain their residence at No. 4761 White Plains Avenue,
The Bronx; while Mr. Stahl's business address is No. 4755 White Plains Avenue.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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