John Stephani is one of the enterprising citizens of Sheboygan, where he holds the responsible position of general manager and superintendent of the Cudahy branch meat stores located in that city. He was born July 12, 1863, in the township of Marshfield, Fond du Lac county, and is a son of Frederick and Maria Anna (Schneider) Stephani, both of whom were natives of Coblenz, in the Rhine province of Prussia.
The father with his wife emigrated to America in 1856 and settled in Marshfield township, Fond du Lac county, where he was engaged in farming during the remaining years of his life. He had a family of seven children, as follows: Nicholas, an agriculturist of Minnesota; Christian, who is a resident of Jericho. Wisconsin; Mary, who is the wife of Theodore Esser and lives in Minnesota; John, of this review; Anna, living in Duluth; Margaret, the wife of Henry Fuhrman, of Marshfield, Wisconsin; and Peter, a farmer living in St. Cloud, Wisconsin.
John Stephani was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools in Marshfield township. He remained under the parental roof until he was eighteen years of age and then was engaged as a blacksmith for two years and later took up work as a molder in the J. M. Kohler Sons Company works at Sheboygan and in that occupation he continued for nine years. He then engaged in the butcher business and in 1900 he accepted the responsible position as general manager and superintendent of the Cudahy branch meat markets in Sheboygan and in that position he has since continued.
Mr. Stephani was united in marriage to Miss Maria Kunesch, who is a native of Bohemia, Austria, and emigrated with her people to America when she was a young child. She is the daughter of John and Aloysia ( Schieffier) Kunesch, who came to America in 1882 and settled in Sheboygan, where the father was employed in one of the factories in that city. He was by trade a stonecutter in the old country and died many years ago in Sheboygan. ]
To Mr. and Mrs. Stephani nine children have been born, as follows: Aloysia, twenty-two years of age, who is a sister in St. Francis Convent at St. Francis, Wisconsin; Roman, twenty years of age, who is a student in Marquette University at Milwaukee; Regina, who is eighteen years old and is attending St. Francis Academy; Maria, a maiden of sixteen, who is at home; John, Rosa, Irene and Elinora, who are 'fourteen, twelve, ten and seven years of age, respectively, and are all attending school; and Isabelle.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephani are members of St. Peter's Catholic church of Sheboygan. Mr. Stephani is a member of the Knights of Columbus and also a member of the St. Peter Claver Aid Society, and Mrs. Stephani is a member of the Christian Mothers' Society, of which she is a past president. Mr. Stephani is numbered among the reliable and progressive business men of the city in which he lives and a man whose well known integrity in business matters entitles him to be numbered among the trustworthy and useful citizens of this part of the state.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL