Biographical sketch of FRED STANDEL from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 440-441
Among the most thriving agriculturists of Mussey township, St. Clair county, Michigan, stands Fred Standel, a native of Germany, born February 24, 1860, and who came with his parents, Godfrey and Dora (Weicener) Standel, to the United States in 1867.The father purchased eighty acres of forest land from a Mr. Moore, of St. Clair county, started to clear off the superfluous timber and in due course of time developed a garden that bloomed as the rose on the spot that had hitherto been but a desert.He employed all his spare time in lumbering, making bolts, staves, shingles, etc., while his wife spun and knit the wool-clips from the sheep of their own rearing.On the clearing above alluded to Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Standel passed the remainder of their lives, the mother dying in 1874, and the father surviving until June 30, 1902.Both were consistent members of the Evangelical church, in which they did a great deal of useful work and to the maintenance of which they contributed liberally with their funds.The children born to this worthy couple were named as follows: Mary; William, who is married to Lottie Leter, is a farmer in Mussey township, and has a family of six children; Hannah, Fred, Augusta and Rachel.
Fred Standel, when he began life on his personal account, worked one year at railroading and then bought out the interest of his brothers in the old homestead and has managed the farm ever since.October 31, 1889, he married Augusta Clumfoot, a daughter of Christian Clumfoot, formerly one of the most respected farmers of Mussey township, but now deceased.This marriage has been crowned with two children, namely: George, who was born November 3, 1890, and Vernie, born December 5, 1896.
Mr. Standel since his residence in St. Clair county, has been an industrious and consequently successful farmer.He is a splendid axman and has cleared up the old farm of eighty acres, to which he has added forty acres, and now has a total of one hundred under cultivation.He conducts general farming and cattle breeding, raising grade Durhams; he also breeds draft horses for the market, coarse-wool sheep and Ohio Improved Chester hogs.A self-made business man, Mr. Standel has made all his property through his own industry and he deserves and receives the commendation of all his neighbors for his industry and success.He is a Republican and is quite popular with his party, which he has twice represented in county conventions, but, like many other hard workers in his party, has never sought office either for is emoluments or honors.Fraternally he is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees, and moves in the best social circles of Mussey township.He has always been a useful citizen and ready to perform such duties for the public good as he may be called upon to perform, and he is held in high respect by his fellow citizens of Mussey township, irrespective of nationality, creed or politics.
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