Charles Henry Stahl (1849 - d.)

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Birthplace: Gechingen, Germany
Death: Died in Bef 1924
Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Charles Henry Stahl

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1. Jacob peter Stahl, Historian, Stahl Famil History, The (Dayton, Ohio, August 10, 1924; publisher not stated), pg. 81-3.

"Charles Henry Stahl Family

- Charles Henry Stahl - - Charles Henry, is the son of Jacob Frederick and his wife, Christiana (Gebring) Stahl, He was born in Gechingen, Germany, July 5, 1849, A.D.

- With the family, he eimigrated to America in June 1852, being at that time about three years old. The story of his education in the public schools of Indiana, would be muchlike to that of Fred' and Regina's, and so we spare ourselves the time and the patience to recount it all. From Fred to Louis, almost from Alpha to Omega, (the historian will not included himself within those limits), it was a hard luck atory. Depriivations of school advantages, whether from tyhe school side of it or the home side were to this group of children next to tragic. - - Charle Henry did his share in the clearing up of the homr farm especially, and later worked the farm he had hehlped to clear.

Early in his years he showed a decided tendency or talent in architectual planning and  and carpentry, and with little more then his pen-=knife he constructed a weill designed barn-frame or skeleton. NMo one knew of his engagement in this little piece or work until it was completed. On frequent occasions he was requested to show his work to people who might be visiting at our house. After he had become of age, he was employed by our enighbor, Mr. Jacob Zechiel, the carpenter, as an apprentice in carpenntering. His first work was on the Axter barn up in Germany, and his wages were fifty cents per dfay and board. This was for three months; after that it was one dollar per day and board. From that time onward he engaged in that trade and became profiecient in his work. He was the assistant carpenter with Jacob H. Zechield, already mentioned, in the building of the Zion Reformed Church where we have been wont to assemble in our annual family gatherings, a place of sacred memories sweet.  
His health failing him, in consequence largely of sickness with the Black measels and trhe awful aftermath, he ceased from the trade and took a year off, going for the summer of 1875 to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he sought out in the open fields to regain his health. This expereicne he repeated the year folowing, this time being accompanied by sister SOphia, whose health was likewise precarious from the same cause, Measles. But why not complete the list of attendants? They were WIlliam G. Zechiel, now the husband of Sophia, and Louis C. Zevchiel, now the husband of Louisa. This was about the yea 1876, Centennial year. 

This Western trip seemed to help toward the restoration of his good health but he was not completely restored. SO in the year 1878, he made a trip to Europe, to the community where he was born, MOther accompanying him. This trip was of about four months duration. The sea-air and plenty of reast and the good fellowship with firends, did much for him toward regaining oof his good health. From this visit they returned almost exactly 20 years to the day from the day they landed in 1852 as emigrants.

AFter father died he took charge of the farm, remaining at home with Mother and the family. After the first year however, he was away from home most of the time during the week working on the trade, and the work was left to be done mostly by his younger brother, excepting the two summers he spent in the West. Later, when the younger brother attended Normal School and taught, and later still, when he attended caollege, he took full charge of the farm again and built the barn; that we had only a log stable. 
He was married to Chrity Shaw, NNovemebr 25, 1886 by the Reverend P. J. SPangler. He and his bride made a wedding trip to SOmerset, Ohio to visit his brother and wife iin their first pastorate. ASide from this honey moon trip this couple settled down to house keeping and remianed with Mother until she died, taking her into their own home, which they occupied for a year or two in CUlver before she passed away. Brother CHarles will always be appreciated for his care and fidelity to MOother when the other children had married and of necessity were called away from the old hearth and home to establish thier own households. 
An inncident or two: I the early days of the farm the hawks abnd owls and minks and other 'vermit" would come and take our young chickens. The minister Rev. Jesse Schlosser was with us on a certain evening and for over night. It was supper time and very dark. CHarley either did not come to supper at all or left the table before the rest of the folks had finished eating. Presently we heard a gun-shot. In a few minutes Charley came in with an owl thatr stretched about four feet from tip to tip. ASked how he managed to shoot the owl in the dark, he said he waited till the owl Hoo-hoo'ed and pointing the gun into the firection of the sound he fired and got his bird.
One of his characteristics was to be retiring. Out in the field he could often be heard sining or whistling but seldom, if ever, in the house. His place in the house usually was on the lower step leading upstairs. There were his boots and there hing his hat and coat and no one disputed his right to certain hooks for that purpose. 
In the neighborhood he had many friends and some of them never failed to come to  him to "talk things over" for the wise counsel he was able to give them. From the Obituary read at his funeral we note the following: Mr. Stahl had many postions of trust and honor in the church and public life. For a number of years he was treasurer of the joint consistory of the Culver charge and gave the work his most careful attention,. He served for a number of years as a member of the town council (Culver)  and also several terms as a member of the school board, of which he was president at the time of his death." 
 Several years before his death he was stricken with paralysis from which he never fully recovered despite all the treatment that medical science could offer him. BNut he was ready when the summons came and it is this final victory of faith that leaves a family and friends comforted despite their sorrow. Up until that time it was said that no such a large concourse of the people had gathered together to show honor and respect to a departed fellow citizen. It was to a company like that, that one of the officiatinng ministiers said. "Who will arise and take the place of Mr. Stahl in the service of the community?"."
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Charles Henry Stahl's Timeline

1849
July 5, 1849
Gechingen, Germany
1886
November 25, 1886
Age 37
1888
January 5, 1888
Age 38
1889
April 21, 1889
Age 39
near Marmont now Culver, Marshall, Indiana
1890
November 8, 1890
Age 41
near Marmont now Culver, Marshall, Indiana
1893
June 17, 1893
Age 43
near Marmont now Culver, Marshall, Indiana
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Bef 1924