A Biographical Dictionary of

Leading Living Men of the City of Detroit

Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis


A. N. Marquis & Company


Copyright, 1908 by Albert Nelson Marquis

Pages 433 - 436

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STOEPEL, Herman R.; born, Detroit, Dec. 23, 1859; son of William and Catherine (Koehler) Stoepel; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, 1887, Miss Jessie Van Court. Began active career as clerk in employ of W.S. Penfield, hardware; then went upon the road as traveling salesman for various hardware firms; was sales manager Michigan malleable Iron Co., and became treasurer and general manager of the Gale Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of agricultural implements, Albion, Mich., 1887, continuing for seventeen years; returned to Detroit, 1904, to take charge of present business, which is conducted in his own name. Also director National Cutlery Co., Detroit. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Presbyterian. member Masonic order. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office; 330-332 Lafayette Av. Residence: 1055 Jefferson Av.

STOEPEL, William C.; born, Saxony, Germany, Oct. 17, 1854; son of William and Catherine (Koehler) Stoepel; came to America in infancy; educated in public schools of Detroit. Began in office of R. Hawley & Son, malsters and continued for seven years; was secretary and treasurer of the Michigan Malleable Iron Co. from time of its organization until 1885; associated with A.C. McGraw & Co., 1885; the firm becoming the Michigan Shoe CO., 1895, when he was elected its secretary and upon reorganization, May 18, 1898, was elected secretary and treasurer. Congregationalist. Office: 148 Jefferson Av. Residence: 23 Selden Av.

STONE, Ralph; born, Wilmington, Del., Nov. 20, 1868;son of George W. and Catherine C.(Graupner) Stone; educated in public schools of Wilmington; A.B., Swartmore College, P)a., 1889; LL.B., Law Department, University of Michigan, 1892; married at Grand Rapids, Mich., June 1, 1895, Mary G. Jeffords. Began practice of law in Grand Rapids as member of the firm of Cutcheon & Stone, 1892; acted as trust officer of the Michigan Trust Co., Grand Rapids, 1893-99; private secretary and military secretary to Gov. H.S. Pingree, 1899-1900, with rank of major on staff of the governor; came to Detroit as state bank examiner; became identified with the Detroit Trust Co. as assistant secretary, 1901, and has been secretary of the company since 1903. Director and treasurer The Artcraft Lithographing Co. Republican. Unitarian. Member Michigan State Bar Association, Detroit Board of Commerce. Governor Michigan Society Mayflower Descendants; member Sons American Revolution. Clubs: Detroit, University, Detroit Boat, Detroit Golf. Recreations: Golf and tennis. Office: Penobscot Bldg. Residence: 141 W Canfield Av.

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STONEMAN, Lewis Augustus, lawyer; born, Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 7, 1868; son of William H. and Sarah J. (Miller) Stoneman; educated in public schools and Law Department, University of Michigan, graduating, LL.B., 1894; married Detroit, April 24, 1896, Genevieve V. Potter. Has practiced in Detroit since 1894. Member Michigan Legislature, 1897. Republican. Congregationalist. Member Detroit Bar Association, Michigan State Bar Association. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Detroit Golf. Office: 715 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 121 Hazelwood Av.

STORMFELTZ, Harry A., real estate; born, Washington, Ia., Apr. 2, 1872; son of Henry and Flora Sarah (Cunningham) Stormfeltz; educated in public schools of Trenton and Princeton, Mo.; unmarried. Began active career in country printing office, Princeton, and later clerked one year in general merchandise store; was with his father in lumber business at Mr. Ayr., Ia., 1893-94, and with brother-in-law in general merchandise business, 1895-97; manufactured cigars at Mt. Ayr, 1898-1900; was next in real estate business for a short time in Chicago and was with real estate firm of Frisbie & Co., Cleveland, O., 1900-03; came to Detroit and was connected with W.W. Hannan until 1904, when the Gerard, Stromfeltz, Loveley Co., Buffalo, New York and Detroit, was organized, of which he is treasurer. Member Detroit Real Estate Board. Republican. Methodist. Member Masonic order, Knights of Pythias. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 76-78 Griswold St. Residence: 210 Lafayette Av.

STOTT, David, president Morehead Mfg. Co., Detroit Milling Co., secretary and treasurer Detroit Barrel Co. Office: Grand River and Warren Av. Residence: 135 Commonwealth Av.

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STRASBURG, Herman August; born, Detroit Oct. 29, 1860; son of Herman and Mathilde (Thiek) Strasburg; educated in public schools, Detroit high School, graduating, 1876, and at Michigan Military Academy; married at Detroit, June 24, 1885, Ida A. Pinet. Began active career in his father’s dancing school; at the age of 18 was in management of the school and at 23 became proprietor Strasburg School of Dancing, in which has since continued. Presbyterian. Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner. Club: Detroit Golf. Recreations: Golfing, sailing. Office: 56-58 Adams St. E. Residence: Plaza Apts.

STRATTON, William B., architect; born at Ithaca, N.Y., 1865; son of David and Lucretia H. (Buck) Stratton; graduated of Cornell university, degree of B.S. in Architecture, 1888; unmarried. Has been engaged as architect in Detroit since 1890; member firm of Stratton & Baldwin. Member American Institute of Architects, Detroit Board of Commerce. Member Michigan Naval Militia during Spanish-American War. Clubs: Detroit Boat, University. Office: 1103 Union Trust Bldg. Residence: 165 Fort St. W.

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STRELINGER, Charles A. president Charles A. Strelinger Co., tools, supplies and machinery; born, Detroit 1856; son of Julien and Bertha (Schultz) Strelinger; educated in Detroit public schools; married at Detroit,1884, Mary Penfield. Began active career in employ of Arthur Glover, hardware, 1870, later becoming connected with T.B. Rayl & Co.; began in hardware business for himself, 1884, firm incorporating, 1898, as the Charles A. Strelinger Co., of which he has been president and general manager from time of organization. Member Board of Commerce. Republican. Presbyterian. Clubs: Detroit, Boylston. Office; Cor Bates and Congress Sts. Residence: 312 john R. St.

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STRENG, George F.; born, Detroit, July 28, 1863; son of Jacob and Christina (Neubert) Streng; educated in German-English school, Detroit; married at Plymouth, Mich., 1886, Miss Emma Fischer. Learned trade of machinist, which he followed 1881-94; began in manufacture 1894, with brother, William J. Streng, under title of the Pioneer Manufacturing Co., incorporated, 1895, of which is secretary, treasurer and manager. Republican. member German Evangelical Church. Office; 1007-1013 Palmer Av. Residence: 1771 E. Grand Blvd.

STRINGER, Charles A., general agent State Mutual Life Assurance co. of Massachusetts; born, Nankin, Mich., July 27, 1852; son of Joseph and Margaret (Sinclair) Stringer; graduate State normal School, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1874; married 1st at Hancock, Mich., June 1, 1875, Elizabeth G. Nichols (died Nov. 26, 1891) ; 2nd at Hancock, Mich., Feb. 15, 1893, Jennie B. Nichols. taught school, 1874-75; engaged in general insurance business at Hancock as member of firm of Wright & Stringer, 1876-97; came to Detroit, 1898,and with brother has since conducted general agency of State Mutual life Assurance Co. republican. member M.E. Church. Member International Sunday School Committee three years and member executive committee and for several years vice president Michigan State Sunday School Association; was president and member executive committee state Y.M.C.A.; leader Business Men’s Class. Club: Saturday Night. Recreation: Automobiling. Office; 614-618 majestic Bldg. Residence: 326 Putnam Av.

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STRINGER, Edwin S., life insurance; born, Redford, Mich.., Apr. 1, 1867; son of Joseph and Margaret (Sinclair) Stringer; educated in public school, high school and business university, Detroit; married at lake linden, Mich., June 9, 1891, Jessie C. Gilles. Began active career as solicitor Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co of Milwaukee, 1889, continuing at Lake linden and Calmuet, Mich., until 1898; was head of fire insurance agency, Fredericks, Stringer & Harris, Hancock, Mich., representing twenty-eight companies, 1897-98; came to Detroit, 1898 and with brother has since had charge of general agency of the Ste Mutual life Insurance Co of Massachusetts. Independent in politics. Congregationalist; deacon Brewster Congregational Church; teacher young Men’s Class (Sunday School). Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 614 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 408 Lincoln Av.

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STUART, Reed, clergyman; pastor First Congregational Unitarian Church. Office: Woodward Av. and Edmund Place. Residence: 76 Stimson Place.

STUART, William Charles, lawyer; born, Aberdeen, Scotland, Apr. 21, 1871; son of John and Margaret (Callam) Stuart; educated in public and high schools in Detroit College of Law, graduating, LL.B., 1893; married June 29,1905, Mary Elizabeth Malone. Began practice of law in office of Prof. Floyd R. Mecham and later practiced with john D. Conely; at Detroit alone since 1903. Republican. Presbyterian. member Sons of Scotland. recreations: Athletic sports. Office: 408 Moffat Bldg. Residence: 522 Brooklyn Av.

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STUDER, Adolph G., physician, general secretary Y.M.C.A.; born, Montreal, P.Q., Aug. 18, 1868; son of William S. and Margaret (Von Weinnmann) Studer; educated in public, high and normal schools Montreal, and at McGill university; came to Detroit, and was student in Detroit College two years; M.D., Detroit Homeopathic College, 1894; married at Detroit, July 6, 1893, Fannie M. Buick. For many years has taken an active interest in Y.M.C.A.. work and has been general secretary Detroit, since 1902. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Detroit and Michigan State Homeopathic societies, Alumni Association Detroit homeopathic College. Mason, Knight Templar (Damascus Commandery). Club: Detroit Boat. Recreation: Boating. Office; Y.M.C.A. Bldg. Residence: 110 Charlotte Av.

STURGEON, William A., diamond merchant and jeweler; born, Detroit, Jan. 31, 1864; son of William and Louise (Loomis) Sturgeon; educated in Detroit public and high schools; married at Detroit, Nov. 19, 1891, Emma Butler Frisbie. Began active career as salesman for M.S. Smith & Co., jewelers, 1878; entered the diamond and jewelry business for himself, 1891, and has been president of W.A. Sturgeon & Co. since 1892. Clubs: Detroit, Automobile. Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 237-241 Woodward Av. Residence: 38 Forest Av., E.

SULLIVAN, James, banker; born, Detroit, Oct. 8, 1853; son of Timothy and Mary (Minahan) Sullivan; educated in Detroit public schools; married at Detroit, Oct. 8, 1878, Kate Falvey. Reared on a farm; engaged at 17, with his brother, in shipping cattle to Eastern markets and still continues in the business as member of firm of Sullivan & Fleischman, which has been in existence since about 1885; began in meat packing business, 1885, under name of Sullivan & Messmore, firm becoming Sullivan Beef co., 1895. Democrat. Catholic. recreations: Social diversions, fonf of horses. Office: 256-258 Beecher Av. Residence: 683 Trumbull Av.

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