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 665, City of Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN STEIS is a native of Bavaria, Germany, was born December 11, 1822, and is the next eldest child in a family of six children, five yet living, born to HENRY and ELIZABETH (CONRAD) STEIS, both of whom died in the old country, aged respectively seventy-six and sixty-four years. JOHN STEIS was reared a farmer, and in March, 1849, married MARY ROTHERMEL, and together they emigrated to the United States in 1850. They took a sailing vessel at Havre-de-Grace, arrived in New York after being on the ocean thirty-two days, and from the last named city went to Toledo, Ohio. They there took the canal to Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, and then moved their goods by teams to Pulaski County, where they had acquaintances living. MR. STEIS purchased eighty acres of woodland near Monterey, paying for the same $250. He grubbed a clearing sufficiently large in which to erect a cabin into which he moved, and the improvements he made on the place in two years enabled him to sell it for $800, in gold. He then bought 160 acres of unimproved land, for which he paid $1,000, selling it ten years later for $4000. In 1870, he purchased eighty-two acres adjoining Winamac, and since 1879 he has operated the grain elevator entirely on his own responsibilty. He is a hard working, shrewd business man, and one of Winamac's progressive citizens. He cast his first vote with the Democrat party, and is yet one of its supporters. He and wife are adherents of the Catholic Church, and the parents of the following named children - MARY, now MRS. FRANK VURPILLAT; JOSEPH, Recorder of Pulaski County; ELIZABETH, a sister in the Convent at Notre Dame; Samantha, now MRS. HENRY ROUTSON; MATILDA and HENRY."