The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 666, City of Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOSEPH M. STEIS, County Recorder, is a native of Tippecanoe Township, this county, and was born February 16, 1854. He is a son of JOHN STEIS, a grain merchant of Winamac. JOSEPH M. STEIS was reared to manhood in Pulaski County, and it has been his home chiefly through life. He received a good common school education in youth, finishing at a Roman Catholic school in Logansport, (Cass County, Indiana). For two years, he was employed as clerk in Winamac, then entered the employ of J. P. BARNETT, station agent. He remained in MR. BARNETT's employ three years, and the last year learned telegraphy. In June, 1872, being then only eighteen years old, he was made night operator at Winamac, and he retained this position four years and eight months. He was then sent to Washington Heights, Illinois, and made day operator for the two roads crossing at that place. Wishing to be in business nearer home, he resigned his position at the end of a year and a half and became a clerk in the store of KELLER, BOUSLOG & Co., of Winamac. In 1880, he was the Democratic nominee for the office of County Recorder, and the same fall was dully elected. He served as Deputy County Recorder for two months after leaving the employ of KELLER, BOUSLOG & Co., and May 25, 1881, took full charge of the office. MR. STEIS was married November 28, 1876, to MISS MARY BEHM, of Tiffin, Ohio, and to their union have been born three children - ALBENIA, born November 3, 1877; ALBERT, January 14, 1879, and JOHN, May 8, 1880. The parents are members of the Roman Catholic Church of Winamac."