Biography of J. Philip Steinhiber
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Steinhilber, J. Philip, son of Bernhardt and Mary Steinhilber, was born in the town of Leray, in April, 1845. His father originally came from Wurtemberg, Germany, and settled near Evans Mills, where he met and married Mary Heyl, a native of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, who came to the Unitea States at about the same time as her husband. They had five children, of which three are now living: J. Philip (as above), Peter and Margaret, wife of A. B. Fitch, a prominent business man of Boston, Mass. Mr. Steinhilber's youth was not unlike that of many others of his times; plenty of hard work on the farm during the summer months and the district school in winter constituted the average yearly routine. After leaving the schools of the neighborhood, he took a thorough course in business training at the Poughkeepsie Commercial College and in 1865 accepted a position in the store of Herrick, Sisson & Ayers of Watertown, where he remained until he thoroughly mastered the details of the business and returned home to await a chance to engage in a business of his own. He spent some time at home on his father's farm, when the looked for opportunity offered itself and early in 1871 he purchased the interest of Samuel Potter, then associated with Wesley Rulison in the grocery and drug store now owned by A. E. Helmer. He succeeded to Mr. Rulison's interest in 1874 and continued the business until 1885, when he purchased the W. S. Cooper dry goods store and continued until December 2, 1892, when fire destroyed the store and contents. Twenty days later found Mr. Steinhilber located and in possession of a fully stocked place of business at his present location. He carries a heavy stock of general merchandise and commands a fine trade throughout his own and adjoining townships. Besides his large and increasing business, Mr. Steinhilber owns and conducts a fine farm of 165 acres. In politics he is a Republican, and while maintaining a position always as one of the strong and quiet workers, he developed the surprising strength sufficient to down the Democratic war horse, Fred Croissant, and last year beat Mr. Croissant for supervisor, after that gentleman had been elected repeatedly for terms aggregating nineteen years. A quiet unassuming gentleman, Mr. Steinhilber enjoys the benefits of a large and prosperous business built up entirely by his own skill and indefatigable efforts, as well as the esteem and confidence of the community.

 

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