From A Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. I, p. 485
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902 


   C C Stahl is a prominent, enterprising and well known farmer of Rice county, residing in Atlanta township.  He came to this locality in 1884 and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land of Nelson Reed.  Later he bought one hundred and sixty acres of Mrs Muprhy and today he has three hundred and twenty acres, constituting the Grove Valley farm, one of the finest farming properties in this portion of the state.

   Mr Stahl was born in Wayne county, Ohio, January 7, 1848.  His paternal grandparents were Frederick and Catherine (Keller) Stahl, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania and were of German lineage.  Their son, Anthony Stahl, the father of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania and was reared in Wayne county, Ohio.  He married Sarah Snyder, whose birth occurred in the Keystone state and who was a daughter of Jonathan Snyder, a native of Pennsylvania and a soldier in the war of 1812.  He was of German descent, and after arriving at years of maturity he married a Miss Hoffman, who was likewise born in Pennsylvania.  Mrs Stahl had five brothers who were soldiers in the Civil war, namely:  John, Joseph, Jonathan, Daniel and Jacob.  All wore the blue in defense of the Union, and after loyally aiding and defending the old flag lived to return to the north.  The parents of our subject had six children, namely:  Daniel, Mrs Maud Dunmire, Cornelia C, Catherine Ruby, John and Sarah Ellen.  The parents both died in Ohio, where the father had followed farming for many years, and his labors were ended in death at the age of seventy years.  In politics he was a Douglas Democrat and both he and his wife were members of the Lutheran church.  Her death occurred when she was seventy-two years of age.

   C C Stahl, whose name forms the caption of this review, was reared on a farm in Knox county, where he was trained to habits of industry and integrity.  He acquired a good education and for a number of years was a successful and popular teacher.  As a companion and helpmate for the journey of life he chose Miss Olive Leora Horn, the marriage being celebrated in Richland county, Ohio, in 1876.  She was born in Knox county, Ohio, and was a daughter of Josiah Horn, whose birth also occurred in Knox county, Ohio.  His parents were Benjamin and Anna (Post) Horn.  Josiah and Nancy Jane Horn had eight children, two sons and six daughters, namely:  Olive L, now Mrs Stahl; Mrs Sarah Lodina Wahlford, of Harper county Kansas; Mrs Anna Spayd, of Ohio; William, who is also living in that state; Mrs Eunice Cutnow, of Ohio; Mrs Elizabeth Stahl, of Ohio; Mrs Mary Stotler, of the Buckeye state; and Robert, who died at the age of ten months.  The father died at the age of seventy-nine years.  He was a blacksmith and carpenter who possessed excellent mechanical ability and he also carried on farming.  His wife, at the age of sixty-nine years, now resides in Richland county, Ohio.  She is a member of the Evangelical church, as was also her husband, and they have ever been people of the highest respectability.

   After their marriage Mr and Mrs Stahl resided in Ohio until 1884, when they came to Rice county, Kansas, and took up their abode upon the Grove Valley farm, which place obtained its name from the splendid groves here seen.  The farm is situated at the Junction of two railroads and is one of the pleasant country places in this portion of the county.  The large barn is thirty-six by fifty-four feet.  In close proximity to this are good sheds and feed lots, while the pastures are green with rich grasses.  The fields are well cultivated and the farm is splendidly adapted for the production of grain and the raising of stock, to which work Mr Stahl is devoting his energies.

   The union of our subject and his wife was blessed with three children:  William Walter, now twenty-one years of age, is pursuing a five years’ classical course in Cooper College; Ethel Keturah, now eighteen years of age, is also a student in Cooper College; and Sarah Jane is nine years old.  Mrs Stahl passed away in death April 9, 1901, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which she was a worthy member and with which Mr Stahl is also connected.  He is an ardent Republican, inflexible in his support of the principles of the party.  The cause of religion, of temperance and morality find in him a friend and earnest worker.