Louisa Christiana Stahl

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About Louisa Christiana Stahl


1. Jacob peter Stahl, Historian, Stahl Famil History, The (Dayton, Ohio, August 10, 1924; publisher not stated), pg. 99-104. "Louisa Christiiana (Stahl) Zechiel Family

Louis Christiana third daughter of Jacob Frederick and his wife Christiana (Gehrig) Stahl. was born near Hessville, "Black Swamp" Sandusky, Ohio. February 22, 1854. The family remained in this locality about three years then moved to the community called "Germany" Fulton County, Indiana matter previously described and requiring no  repetition here. 
Impressions and Recollections - In due courses of time we moved into a locaility just north and across the river from what is now known as Delong, well known to our family as the Doctor Durr place. Father leased this tract  for a period of five years but really lived on it six years. It is concerning this place the subject of this biography has much to say and we permit her to tell about it. in hoer own words with slight changes in phrasing. 
This is the place I have knowledge of the rest are only hearsay. But I remember the lod log house with its oustside vchimney and inside was the fireplace on which Mother used to cook the meals for thre family. I remember the big chunks of wood we use to burn, almost little logs especially in winter time. The lamp we had was made of heavy tin and from the back it had a turned up handle, which also served as a hook by which the lamp was hung on a stick suspended from a joist. The fuel was grease and the wick a strip of coarse cotton flannel. This was the lamp we cooked by, candles were used for reading and sewing. In those days we did not know about coal oil lamps and were afraid of them exploding when the were finally introduced. 

- Eulogy on Candle LIght This reminds us of the lines of Charles Lambe "Hail candle light! without disaragement to sun or moon the kindliest luminary of the three; if we may not rather style thee their radiant deputy mild viceroy of the moon."

A little more about the house I tried to describe: It had one room downstairs and one upstairs. It had but one door in the middle of the south side of the house. There were three windows, one on the north, one west and one east of the door which was on the south side.

In the southeast corner of the room a ladder stood leaning against the south wall- this was our stairway. This room was dining-room, bedroom, kitchen, sitting-room and all combined. "Multum in Parvo".

The roof was made of clapboards and was not all-to-gether water-proof, as I remember the snow would sometimes blow in on our beds. This is the Mansion in which our "humble historian", Jacob P. Stahl, our youngest brother was born. Early in life, not able to talk plainly, he yet showed his patriotism by standing on top of the gatepost and hollowing at the top of his vioces (insered, always Fortissimo
never Pianissimo), "Augabuck Danna", meaning Hurrah for Buchannon", the then canidate for Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket. To which he adds occassionaly Mr. Albert Feigel would give him a dime to shout for Lincoln; But immediately woud say "Ich bin doch kein Lincoln mann", 
Just south of the house and a little ways down the hill was a spring with its refreshing water. Many times did we quench our thrist at this fountain. Below it was the little spring house with its projecting roof to keep the waters cool.. There is where we kept our milk and butter. This was the refrigerator of the pioneer days and when considerd in all its various phases is hard to improve upon desite our modernism. 
The running brook
Concerning the creek which ran through the field to the river she observes:- On that sloping bank of this creek how beautiful the scene especially in spring time when it was blanketed over with those dainty little blue flowers, the earliest  that grew  here, called Hepatica. We do not find them everywhere. Not until after we were married did I see any of them again and then upon our own farm. On this same creek bank, I think Sophia and I saw on a Sunday monring the finest ice or frost display I ever saw before or after, on the little twigs and grasses chunks of ice of every shape and description  past discription glittering in the sun.

Space forbids us to recount her eight or ten miles walk to Uncle Graebers, her helping Father feed the oxen and driving them with her "gee and haw" and "Buck and Berry". Her escapades hunting walnuts on Sunday, contrary to Mother's instructions and the home consequences or of her and Sophia helping themselves to apples in neighbor Rarick's orchard without a "bid" and suddenly hearing the mellow voice of Mr. Rarick calling "Here Rover Here Rover" Talk about mible feet.

 But Louisa was always the historian's friend and shielded him whenever threatend with danger of a "sktching" by Mother. One time he had done something not agreable with Mother's sense of propriety; and when she gave him a merry chase down the same hill and tot hat same spring house, Louisa covered him up with her dress to keep him from getting whiped. 
It is not necessary to talk about schooling at the Dodd school house where all the family were supposed to receive their culture and high moral training for life; it has already been said in view of others. - - But listen to the recital of the names of her worthy preceptors: Miss Angeline, Mitchner, James Louden, Frances Louden, Henry Hartman, Johnson Lohring, Mary WOlfram and Julia Reed, enought o qualify the most backward pupil for coping with the eventualities of life. One more name must be added to the list, for he was a singer of song as well as a teacher in the "arts" of Rural education, Mr. Bumstead. He organized a singing school and used to "Jubilee Singer" as the textbook. What good time the young folks hjad in those singing days. 
 An incident which the historian remebers: When the Jubilee bboks had come and were to be distributed among the members of the class Mr. Bumstead explained that in shipping one copy had gotten wet and slightly damaged. He propsed to distribute by lot if the class were willing. It was bone and Jacob Crumley drew the "tainted book" and he took it with a smile. 
Concerning the church others have spoken; hear wht Louisa has to say. When we first came into the Kaley neighborhood we had two Reformed ministers who occasionally conducted services Reverend Michael from Winimac, English and Reverend Nicolai from Fulton county, German. In the year 1865 Reverend Jesse Schlosser a Reformed Minister from Pleasant Grove now Kewana took charge of the work here and became pastor. The charge then consited of Bruce Lake, Twin Lales, and St John's sometimes called the Jacoby church. At this time Zion was still a Mission station; but when organized it was added to this charge

On MArch the 20th 1866 ZIon was organized with following charter members namely: John and Anna ROmig, John and Rosina Zechiel, SImon and Margret Wolfrm, Jacooob Frederick and Christiana Stahl, Regina Stahl, Mary Wolfram and children.

About this time a class in catecghism was formed among whom were Mary, Louis and Catherine Zechiel, brother Charley, sister Sophia and myself. Later upon our own free will we united with the church by the rit of confirmationn at the hands of the pastor, Reveredn Jesse Schlosser. 
 Untit this time everything in the nature of church services at the Kaley schoolhouse was union, and yet not always union in the best sense. Reverend Schlosser, convinced that little progress for the Reformed Church was possible under these conditions urged the building of a house of worship. FOr the Reformed people, a house wholly their own, where they could exercise greater freedom in the matter of public services and have more room for expansion and growth. This appeal was heartily reponnded to by the people and the work was completed and the church dedicated free of debt in May, 1873, a delight to the people and a fountain of blessing to themselves and this community for more than fifty years. This christain ALma Mater has given forth of her spiritual abundance a number of sons for the christain ministry, efficient teachers in public education, directors in the art of music, dispensers of the law for the governing of society in various forms and men and women of indutry of the finest tye. Well may it be said, "What hath God wrought". 
Industrial and social life. 

'Tis harvet time. She writes Regina was the cook and was busy in the house most of the time helping mother, but still helped in the harvest field anmd the clearing of the land. She was a good spinner at the spinning wheel and used to spin the wool for our clothes and stockings. I remeber, every time she eould leave the wheel, one us, SOphia or I would try to spin and every time we would spoil it for her. She used to scold us for it; yet whenever we had a chance we would try it again; we though is so much fun and we wnated to learn.

A most fascinating subject is here broached and we must stop to listen what is about to be told us; she syas, Meanwhile the years slipped by and we young people beganm to grow into manhoood and womanhood. We began to notice that there were there were other young people, young men, and women it the neighborhood whose company we sought and had good times together. This reminds us of a couplet as follows: - Good boys love their sisters, So good have I grown I love other boys' sisters, As well as my own. Which by adaptation woudl read: Good Girls love their brothers, SO good had we grown, Wel loved other girls' brtoehr as well as our own.

Louisa becomes historian

For Pastime we used to take out our song books on Sunday afternoon and go to some house in the neighborhood and sing the songs we sang at the singing schools and of course other songs, too. Louis C. and Fred E. Zechiel were our leaders. But later our yougest brother began to grow up and joined us in our gatherings and did himself justice and others, and became the best singer in the neighboorhood. (Louisa is flattering). SInging was his delight. You could hear him sing at all hours of the day and night, indoors and out, in the field or on the roads.

I will never forget how he and I used to sing when at work in the field or at home in the evening. Often he said to me, Louisa let's sing such and such a song, the rest can't sing it. Well asometimes I could sing it and sometimes not.

And how he could ride on horse back standing and galloping, singing all the while at the top of his  voice.


In 1877 another event took place the we give space to record briefly. It was the marriage of Louisa Christiana Sthal to Louis Christain Zechiel. It occured on the first day of March in the ZIon Reformed Church. The officiating minister was the Reverned Louis RIchter pastor of the church. After the service in the church was over, all returned to the home of Mother Stahl, the home of the bride where a bounteous dinner was served. About sixty people sat down to the Wedding feast and were filled. The guests all appeared in the spirit of the occasion and of none could it have been said "He com without his wedding garment on"

It was the beginning of the existence and the life of a new family and friends did themselves proud in their congratulations and well-wishes of the embarking pair upon the sea of life.
God blest this home with the gift of seven children namely: Charles Herbert, Bertha Pauline, Jerman Jerome, Grance Agens, Otto Jacob, Virgil Homer."
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Louisa Christiana Stahl's Timeline

February 22, 1854
Sandusky, Ohio
September 8, 1878
Age 24
January 25, 1880
Age 25
near Marmont now CUlver, Marshall, Indiana
January 22, 1882
Age 27
near Marmont now CUlver, Marshall, Indiana
August 18, 1883
Age 29
near Marmont now CUlver, Marshall, Indiana
August 5, 1886
Age 32
near Marmont now CUlver, Marshall, Indiana
February 1, 1891
Age 36
near Marmont now CUlver, Marshall, Indiana
November 17, 1893
Age 39
near Marmont now CUlver, Marshall, Indiana