Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

GEORGE JOHN STADLER

GEORGE JOHN AND ELENORA R. KUHLMAN STADLER

 

George John Stadler was born on 24 August 1893 in Tuscola County, Michigan. His parents were John George and Margarett Enser Stadler. George married Elenora R. Kuhlman on 4 May 1914; her parents were Robert and Margarette Kievmen Kuhlman.

 

George and Elenora had the following children:

  1. Nora Lillian Stadler born 5 February 1915 in Lakefield Township. She married Gustave Bohn.

  2. Milan G. Stadler was born 21 August 1916 in Lakefield Township. He married Aliceon Scharf.

  3. William R. Stadler was born 10 July 1918 in Lakefield Township. He married Dorothy Miller.

  4. George Ernest Stadler was born 30 April 1922 in Lakefield Township. He married Georgia Doan.

George came to Lakefield Township in 1893 and owned and operated 120 acres of land on the NW corner of Section 35 at the corner of Merrill and Grabowski Roads. The land had a flowing well located on it.

 

The following is what was written about George Stadler, in the book “Lest We Forget” by Myron F. Gulick; page 41:

“George Stadler and his wife, Lenora Kuhlman, lived on what is now called Merrill Road. The first time I saw George was when he came to slide down the hill near our house. I recall that he came over with his horse and cutter, with all of the sleigh bells ringing; the horse was all decked out. It was covered with brass and celluloid rings, braided with a leather strap that hung over the horses hips, and was tied with a brass tall clasp. On the bridle was a center piece; at the forehead was an ornament made of ribbons woven into a celluloid ring about three inches in diameter. The bridle had blinds almost covering the horses eyes; there were brass spots on the blinds. Also, there was a check rein to make the horse hold its head up high; this had brass spots on it also. The horse's mane had some type of rope-like ribbons woven into it. The apron that hung down from the horses chest was leather with many brass spots and a star in the center. This was to prevent the horses breath from forming ice or frost on its chest in the cold weather. Since I was only four or five years old at the time, I thought George was a prince or something like that.”

“George and Lenore had a large farm, well kept, with two large barns, a large house, a tool shed and a good well. They had four children. Often George would call for square dances, mostly quick steps. His job at the threshing time was to tend the bagger; there were times when he would be standing in oats up to his knees because he just could not change bags fast enough. The crop of oats was that good. I know George kept cows, sheep, horses, chicks, ducks, some guineas, doves and rabbits. He was a busy man. He was a good friend of Bernie and Margaret Baker and the Dave Dubay family. George was very honest and sincere; he could give good advice to anyone. He almost always had a hired man and paid him well for his day's labors. George was interested in new inventions, particularly those that saved manual labor.”

 

George died on 1 February 1948 in Saginaw, Michigan. Elenora died on 15 June 1979. They are both buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

SOURCES: 1896, 1916, and 1920 Lakefield Township Plat Map; 1900, 1910, 1920 Federal Census; George J., George Jr., Milan and William Stadler's obituaries; Elenora and William Stadler's obituaries from Della Miller McKay's obituary collection; The Book "Lest We Forget", by Myron Gulick.

 

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