Biography of John A. Stengel


Stengel, John A., Buffalo, one of the family of five sons and three daughters of Nicholas and Margaret (Groh) Stengel, was born in Bavaria, Germany, February 5, 1841, where his father was a tavern keeper. In 1846 the family came to America and settled in Buffalo, where Nicholas Stengel was employed in a foundry for many years and where he died in 1893, aged seventy-six; his wife's death occurred in 1892. He was independent in politics and widely respected and esteemed. John A. Stengel, after attending the public schools, entered the Courier printing office at the age of twelve years and learned the printer's trade; by industry and strict attention to business he advanced rapidly to the position of foreman, which he held for thirtytwo years, completing a continuous service for that company of over thirty-eight years. In 1890 he resigned to become keeper of the Erie County Alms House, being the first Democrat ever elected to that office. After serving a term in that capacity he engaged in the lumber commission business, in which he has since continued, having his son as a partner. In 1897 he was again elected keeper of the alms house. He became a volunteer fireman in 1858 as a member of Excelsior Hose Company No. 4, and served ten years. In 1863 he enlisted in the 74th N. Y. Vols and served six months, when his services were demanded by the Courier Company, who furnished a substitute and brought him back. He has been a Mason since 1868, is a member of Hayward Post, G. A. R., and was a delegate to the city convention of 1882 which nominated Grover Cleveland for mayor. He has also been a delegate to various city, county and assembly conventions, and in fact has always been active in his party's welfare. In 1862 he married Elizabeth Huisinger of Williamsville, and they have four sons and three daughters.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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