JOHN F. STITLER, the proprietor of the Smicksburg Flouring mill and a reliable business man of West Mahoning
township, is a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Fleck) Stifler, and was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, December
19, 1815. The Stitler family is of German descent, aud John F. Stitlerís great grand father Stitler was a native
of Germany, who emigrated from the fatherland to Pennsylvania, and settled in Chester county. His son, John Stitler
(grandfather), was born in Blair county, where he followed weaving until his death. He was a stanch, uncompromising
democrat of the old school. One of his sons, Peter Stifler (father), was born on the Chester county farm, from
which he removed to Blair county. Afterward, about 1830, he came to Indiana county where he settled at Srnicksburg,
and spent the latter years of his life. He was a weaver by trade and a democrat in polities, and was engaged in
weaving until his death, He married Elizabeth Fleck, daughter of John Fleck, and to their union were born six children,
three sons and three daughters, of whom four are still living. Mrs. Stitler was a daughter of John Fleck (maternal
grandfather), who was a native of Chester county, where he was engaged in farming until his death.
John F. Stitler received his education in the common schools of his native county, learned the trade of weaver
and came with his father to Indiana county about the year 1830. For several years he was interested in a distillery
in this county, but the principal part of his tinie has been devoted to farming. He owns a farm of 200 acres of
well cultivated land adJoining the prosperous town of Smicksburg. In 1869 be built at Smicksburg a very large flouring
mill, 40 by 60 feet in dimensions, with four sets of burn and all other needed machinery. This mill, which is first
class in every respect, he has operated successfully ever since. Determined to keep fully up to the spirit of the
times, he introduced the roller process into his mill in 1885, and was the first miller in that section who made
use of the roller process.
John F. Stitler married Eliza Smiley, and to them have been born four children Elizabeth, deceased; Maria, wife
of George Lewis, of Allegheny city; Catbarine, married to Albert Davis, a farmer in Nebraska; and James, who married
Jane Lewis and resides at Smicksburg. Mrs. Stitler died, and afterwards Mr. Stitler united in marriage with Susan
In politics Mr. Stitler has held to the faith of his father and grandfather and snpports the principles of the
democratic party. Industrious, persevering and active in whatever he undertakes, be has been successful in business
and enjoys the respect of his neighbors.
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Indiana County Pennsylvania Biographies
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