Biography of Edward L. Steuk
Erie County, OH Biographies





EDWARD LEOPOLD STEUK. Among the energetic and enterprising Erie County men who have met with assured success in the culture of grapes is Edward Leopold Steuk, of Sandusky, who has established an extensive and remunerative business in that line of industry. A son of William Edward Steuk, he was born, May 7, 1850, in the Village of Doneuvitz, Province of Podolia, Russia, of Prussian ancestry.

His grandfather, Johann Steuk, was born, bred and educated in Prussia. He learned the trade of cloth maker, and when the citizens of Poland gave special inducements to manufacturers willing to locate there he accepted the terms offered, he moved there with his family. A few years later he responded to a similar offer made by the citizens of Doneuvitz, Podolia, Russia, and was there engaged in the manufacture of woolen cloth until his death, in 1852. His wife, whose maiden name was Renate Mittelstaet, was born in Prussia, and died in 1857. They reared three thildren, as follows: William Edward, father of the subject of this sketch; Rosalia, who married Theodore Reetz, and spent her entire life in Doneuvitz; and Johanna, who, after her immigration to Ohio, married Philip Feick, and is now living in Sandusky.

William Edward Steuk was born in Jastrow, Prussia, September 29, 1816. As soon as he had completed his school life he began working in the factory, assisting his father in every department. Having mastered the details of the business, he engaged in the manufacturing of cloth in Doneuvitz on his own account, remaining in that village until 1853. Disposing then of his factory, he came with his wife and children to America, the land of peace and prosperity. Making his way to Ohio, he located in Sandusky, which was then a small hamlet, much of the territory now included within the city limit being covered with brush or timber. Soon after his arrival he invested in laud, buying a. tract at the corner of Market and Decatur streets, and one on Adams Street. On the Market Street property there stood a grocery, which his wife subsequently managed, while he embarked in the clothing business on Water Street. The latter venture proved a failure, all of his ready money being swept away in a comparatively short time. In trying to decide what he should next do to retrieve his losses, he perceived that grape culture was a success on the nearby islands, and decided to try it. Selling his Adams Street land, he bought a tract lying two miles out, on the Venice Road, and began the raising of grape roots. Meeting with signal success in his undertakings, he there started a winery, and began the manufacture of native wine, thus establishing the business now carried on by his son Edward, and was thus employed until his death, September 4, 1876.

The maiden name of the wife of William Edward Steuk was Johanna Straese. She was born in Osarkow, Poland, in 1823, coming of German ancestry, and died, November 21, 1894, in Erie County. She reared four of her seven children, as follows: Matilda Henrietta, born March 26, 1843; Huldah Amelia, born February 7, 1845; Edward L., the subject of this brief sketch; and Adelaide Margaret, born June 13, 1854.

But three years old when brought by his parents to Sandusky, Edward Leopold Steuk was educated in the public schools, and as a boy and youth assisted his father in his horticultural labors. Interested in the work, he soon became familiar with its details, and in 1874 was admitted to partnership with his father, and is now sole proprietor of the entire business, which is in a flourishing condition. Mr. Steuk's winery is located at the corner of Market and Decatur streets, on land which has been owned by the Steuk family for upwards of three score years.

Mr. Steuk married, in 1881, Julia Harms. Her father, Louis Harms, was the pioneer grape grower at Put in Bay, where he was established for a few years, but later went to Euclid, a suburb of Cleveland, where he planted the first vineyard of that locality, it being now operated by his son, Mrs. Steuk's brother.

Mr. and Mrs. Steuk have three children, namely: William, Ludwig, who has relieved his father of the management of the winery; Elmer Carl; and Edward Frederick. William L. married Edith Schultz. True to the religion in which he was reared, Mr. Steuk is a valued member of the Lutheran Church, and has reared his children in the same faith. Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Pythias.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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