Biography - Peter Stutle

PETER STUTLE, who owns and operates a fine farm of three hundred acres on section 11, South Litchfield Township, Montgomery County, is a Bohemian by birth. He was born on the 29th of June, 1825, in Bohemia, and was reared in a little mining town of that land. As soon as old enough, he began work in the silver mines and was thus employed until 1850. His parents had previously died, and with two brothers and three sisters he crossed the Atlantic to America. They landed in St. Louis, where Peter learned the cooper's trade, which he followed in that city for two years. He then removed to Collinsville, Madison County, where, in company with his brother-in-law, he opened a cooper's shop, engaging in business in that line for some time.
It was in 1869 that Mr. Stutle came to Montgomery County. Having acquired some capital through his industry and perseverance, he here purchased forty acres of land, constituting a part of his present farm, and also established a small cooper shop. After working all day in the fields, he would follow his trade at nights, many times until twelve or one o'clock. In this way he got a start, and from a small beginning he has steadily worked his way upward. As his financial resources increased, he extended the boundaries of his farm, until he now owns three hundred acres of rich land and is one of the most extensive grain and stock raisers in this locality. If Peter Stutle does not have good grain and good stock, none can be found in the county.
While a resident of Collinsville, Mr. Stutle was united in marriage with Annie Turney, and unto them have been born eight children: Joseph, the eldest, is a resident farmer of North Litchfield Township; Frank, a young man of twenty-nine years, is at home; Tony, aged twenty-four, is completing his education in the Hillsboro High School; Albert is engaged in teaching; Eddie is at home; Mary is the wife of George Hancock, of California; Emma lives with her sister in California, and Annie makes her home with her aunt in St. Louis. In politics, Mr. Stutle is a supporter of the Democracy and warmly advocates its principles. The cause of education finds in him a valued friend, and he has held the office of School Director for many years. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church and are people of many excellences of character. We see in Mr. Stutle a self-made man, who by enterprise, energy and well directed efforts has steadily worked his way upward and gained a comfortable competence, which numbers him among the substantial citizens of the county.

Extracted 04 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, pages 225-227.

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