JOHN H. STAIB. This gentleman, a prosperous grocer of Monongahela, comes of German parentage. His grandfather, J. Michael Staib, was born, reared, and married in Germany, where his three children were born as follows: Lewis, John and Fredericka. In 1847 the family emigrated to America, locating on a farm in Butler county, Penn., where the father continued to follow agricultural pursuits until his death. In political opinion he was a Democrat, and in religious faith a member of the Lutheran Church.
Lewis Staib was born in Germany, and there received a thorough education. He remained at home some years after his arrival in this country, and then entered the employ of Peter Graff, who was the proprietor of an extensive iron establishment. Lewis Staib remained in this business about ten years; then came to Mingo, Penn., and conducted a general store in company with William A. Rodgers. In 1864 he embarked in the coal producing business, and managed the Victory Coal Works until 1873, being also interested in the Harlem Works. He then opened the Rea Coal Works in Westmoreland county, and finally established the works at Catsburg, which he conducted until 1889, in which year he retired from active life. He was an ardent member of the Republican party, and in religion was associated with the Lutheran Church. When a young man Lewis Staib married Martha Jane, daughter of David Aultman, a resident of Armstrong county, Penn., and to them children were born as follows: Mary, wife of Adam Kiel; Josephine; Mattie, married to M. S. Warner; John H.; Alberta, wife of F. M. Warner; Anna B., married to R. M. Gee; Alice; Lewis, and Fred W.
John H. Staib was born October 3, 1862, in Carroll township, this county, receiving a common-school education. Some time after leaving school he clerked for John Van Voorhis; then worked for T. J. Wood, and on October 27, 1891, opened his present business in Monongahela. On June 28, 1885, he married Anna, a native of that city, and a daughter of Adam Aughendobler.
Adam Aughendobler was born August 14, 1823, near Nuremberg, Bavaria. His mother died there when he was eleven years of age, leaving but the one child. Adam Aughendobler remained at the home of his uncle in Bavaria after the death of his parents, and there learned the weaver's trade, and assisted on the farm. In 1852 he sailed for America, and after a voyage of seven weeks landed at Baltimore, Md. He then came to Washington, Penn., and worked on a farm for Major Millinger and James Stockdale. On May 4, 1853, he married Lizzie Zeh, who is of German parentage, and in 1865 they came to Monongahela, where the family have since resided. He is an active member of the Republican party, has served as councilman, and for twenty-eight years has been superintendent of the cemetery. He is identified with the Lutheran Church, which he has served as elder. Mr. and Mrs. Aughendobler are the parents of the following children: Maria (Mrs. Levi Friend) and Bessie (Mrs. William Woodward) (who are twins), Jane (wife of James Dickey), Maggie (Mrs. Hoffman), Anna (Mrs. Staib), George (deceased) and John L.
John H. and Anna (Aughendobler) Staib are the parents of two sons, Lewis and Harold. Mr. Staib carries a full line of groceries and produce, and is a very successful business man. In politics he is a supporter of the Republican party, and in religion a member of the Lutheran Church.
Text taken from page 877 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed March 1997 by Neil and Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL as part of the Beers Project.
Published April 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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