Biography of John G. Steffel
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Mr. Steffel, who owns and operates a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Richland township, Defiance county, is one of the prominent and influential citizens of his community. He was born August 4, 1845, in Austria, whence his parents, George and Anna (Aurada) Steffel, emigrated with their family to America in 1852, first locating in Seneca county, Ohio.

In 1861 they came to Defiance county and settled on a farm in Adams township, where they still continue to make their home. In their family were four children - three sons and one daughter - who reached years of maturity, and of these our subject is the eldest. His boyhood and youth were passed in Adams township, he remaining with his parents until his marriage, when he located on the farm in Richland township, where he still lives. Throughout his active business life he has given his time and attention to agricultural pursuits, and being a thorough and skillful farmer, he has prospered in his undertakings. His farm is improved with good and substantial buildings: in fact, the whole place indicates the progressive spirit of the owner.

On April 23, 1872, in Defiance county, Mr. Steffel was married to Miss Catherine Shindler, also a native of Austria, born September 1, 1852, a daughter of Mathew and Mary (Kornish) Shindler, who came to America in 1854, and after residing in Seneca county, Ohio, for seven years, removed to Defiance county in 1861. They took up their residence in Highland township, where the mother died April 5, 1895. Mrs. Steffel is the eldest in their family of five daughters. Our subject and his wife have five children still living, namely: Anna, now the wife of George Moser; John X.; Kate D.; Wesley C.; and Agnes C. Those deceased are Mary M., who died at the age of eight years, and George, who died at the age of six years.

During the trying days of the Civil war, Mr. Steffel enlisted in the service of his adopted country, on November 1, 1863, becoming a member of Company A, Forty third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he faithfully fought until honorably discharged, June 12, 1865. He was in the engagements at Nashville, Tennessee, and at Columbia, South Carolina, besides in numerous skirmishes, and while in South Carolina he was injured in the right side. He is now an honored member of the Grand Army Post of Defiance.

The Democratic party has always found in him a stanch supporter of its principles, and in local politics he takes a leading part. In the spring of 1891 he was elected treasurer of Richland township, and in the spring of 1897 was reelected, so that he is now filling that responsible position. He has also capably served in other township offices, being trustee, and justice of the peace in Adams township for two terms. In religious faith he and his family are Catholics.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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