Biography of Peter J. Stadelman
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Peter John Stadelman, the popular and energetic mayor of The Dallies, to which office he was elected in 1918, is a native of the Empire state, born in Hempstead, New York, in 1875, a son of Frank J. and Mary (Rath) Stadeljnan. His parents were natives of Alsace-Lorraine, then in the German empire but since restored to France. The father came to America in 1867 and in 1879 removed to Oregon, when his son, Peter John, was four years old. He became a farmer in Wasco county, continuing at that occupation for the remainder of his active life.

It was in Wasco county that the future mayor of The Dallies attended school, and there he remained until he was twelve years old, when he found his first employment in the postoffice, continuing in the government service for the succeeding four years. Having then reached the age of sixteen, he started in the fruit business on his own account, and two years later he broadened the sphere of his operations by adding an ice business to his fruit trade. The Stadelman Ice Company has an extensive connection, and has a large plant in The Dalles.

Mr. Stadelman gives personal attention to the wholesale fruit and produce department of his business, which is credited with being the largest of its kind in central Oregon, and, taken in conjunction with the ice and cold storage department, is one of the largest in the state. The company handles Oregon and California fruits for the eastern markets and eastern and southern fruits for the western market, thus the business has spread all over the United States. It is to Mr. Stadelman's credit that in less than thirty years he has built up an extensive business as the result of his own efforts, of which the people of central Oregon are justly proud.

In 1910 Mr. Stadeljnan was elected to a seat in the city council and served the public in that office for four years, at the end of which period his health became impaired owing to over exertion and he retired temporarily from public activities. In 1918 his popularity was shown by his election to the responsible office of mayor of The Dallies. Under his administration more public work has been done, especially in street paving, than under any other previous chief executive, and the conduct of all municipal affairs is ever under his close scrutiny. In November, 1920, he was reelected mayor.

Mr. Stadelman was one of the prime movers in the organization of a third bank for The Dalles, the capital for which was secured in a couple of days, the amount being two hundred thousand dollars. It was given the name of the Citizens National Bank and Mr. Stadelman was elected president The stockholders are composed of the representative financial men of Wasco county.

In 1906 Mr. Stadelman was united in marriage to Miss May Kelly, a daughter of Robert Kelly, who was a prominent citizen of The Dallies, having held many public offices, both elective and appointive, and was considered one of the most efficient sheriffs of Wasco county. Mr. Stadelman and his wife are the parents of two children, George and Wilbur, who are students in the graded schools.

In every position which he has been called upon to fill, Mr. Stadelman has always given a good account of himself and has added to his reputation as a valuable citizen. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, in the affairs of which he takes a warm interest. He was identified with various features of war work, to the successful operation of which he contributed valuable assistance. He and his wife take a thoughtful and practical part in the social and cultural activities of The Dalles and surrounding district, and are ever found on the side of movements calculated to advance the welfare of the community in which they are both popular and prominent.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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