One hundred acres of improved and cultivated farm land, a modern dairy and up-to-date barns and outbuildings are owned and operated at the present time by Harry Stahl, one of the most prominent men in his line of activity in Scott township. He is a son of Valentine and Maria C. (Winch) Stahl. His father was born in Baden, Germany, in 1834, and followed the trade of brass finisher until 1852, when he crossed the Atlantic and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. He came to America with his father and brothers and remained in Boston, working at his trade, and later engaged in the saloon business for twenty years, when he removed to Wisconsin in 1879 and settled in Scott township, Sheboygan county. Here he bought a farm of one hundred acres on which he spent his life and where he was residing at the time of his death, on March 24, 1901. His wife, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was of German lineage but was born near Boston in 1839. She married Valentine Stahl in that city and they became the parents of three children: Gertrude, who died at the age of seven years; Harry, the subject of this sketch; and Gertie, now the wife of Charles T. Rietz. Mrs. Stahl is still living at the age of seventy-three years.
Harry Stahl was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1862, and was educated in the public schools of that city until he was fourteen years old. He subsequently accompanied his parents upon their removal to Wisconsin, assisting his father in the work of clearing and cultivating the land which he bought. A few years before the death of Valentine Stahl his son rented the paternal farm and was active in its management for a number of years. In August, 1905, he acquired the title and became sole owner of the one hundred acres upon which his father had settled on first coming to this section of the country. Under his able management every detail of farming activity has been improved and modernized. New buildings have been erected and many different kinds of farming implements have been installed. Harry Stahl makes a specialty of his dairy work and keeps twelve head of high-grade cows. He takes a great pride in this branch of his activities and gives his dairy his personal supervision and attention.
On June 12, 1900, Mr. Stahl was united in marriage to Miss Ella Dettman, a daughter of Albert and Alma (Gruhle) Dettman, the former a native of Pomerania, Germany, and the latter a resident for many years of Washington county, Wisconsin, where their marriage occurred in 1872. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stahl became the parents of four children, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving members are: Cynthia, who was born July 3, 1903; Wayne, born July 17, 1905; and Chester, whose birth occurred on the 25th of February, 1907.
Mr. Stahl gives his political allegiance to the republican party but does not to any extent actively participate in local affairs. He is more deeply interested in religious and educational work, is a devoted member of the Lutheran church of Silver Creek, Wisconsin, and a member of the school board of that city of which he is now holding the office of treasurer. During his active career he has made the one hundred acres which he inherited from his father more productive in every direction, has improved his buildings and made his equipment modern. Any man whose life results in progress and development and in the making of any one thing better and more efficient, is entitled to the rewards of worthy citizenship.
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