From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 554-555
John Strobel, a successful farmer and stock-raiser, is a native of Huntington county, Indiana, and was born in Warren township April 15, 1859. His father, Francis Strobel, was born May 9, 1826, a native of Germany, and when about twenty-two years of age immigrated to the United States, settling in Tuscarawas county, Ohio. There he worked at the trade of coopering, and in 1851 was united in marriage to Miss Anna A. Fist, removing four years later to Huntington county and purchasing a piece of woodland in the township of Warren. After clearing and bringing his land under a successful state of cultivation he sold the same, and, about 1859, changed his residence to the county of Wabash, where he continued the vocation of a farmer until his death, which occurred in 1899, his wife preceding him to the grave in the year 1873.
Mr. and Mrs. Strobel were excellent people, consistent members of the Lutheran church and stood high in the esteem of their many neighbors and friends. They had a family of thirteen children, two of whom died in infancy. The names of those growing to maturity are as follows: Augustus, Katie, Louisa, Minnie, John, Mary, Frank, Jacob, George, Sarah and Caroline. Augustus died in 1897; George married Sarah Smith and now lives in Warren township; Katie became the wife of Charles Roth, and also resides in the township of Warren; Mary is the wife of Jacob Young and makes her home in the village of Bippus; Caroline married Edward Krieg, a farmer and stock-raiser of Warren.
John Strobel was reared upon his father's farm in Huntington and Wabash counties, and received a good English education in the common schools, which he attended at intervals during his minority. He never knew what it was to eat the bread of idleness, and from early boyhood assisted with the farm labor and became known throughout his neighborhood as a strong, bright, industrious boy. He remained with his parents until his twenty-second year, when he started in life for himself as a farm laborer, his earthly possessions at the time being his courage to do and a good horse, presented by his father just before he left home.
During the seven succeeding years Mr. Strobel labored for different farmers in the counties of Huntington and Wabash, taking pains to so husband his earnings that upon reaching his twenty-eighth year he found himself the possessor of six hundred dollars. This he judiciously invested in a farm in Warren township, upon which he made many valuable improvements, and by economy and wise forethought his land was soon clear of all encumbrances, and he found himself upon the high road to prosperity.
On the 20th of January, 1887, was married to Miss Eva Fanning, daughter of David and Hannah Fanning, a union blessed with two children: Edward J., born November 14, 1890, the other dying in infancy. Mrs. Strobel died December 6, 1894, and on the 14th of March, the following year, Mr. Strobel married his present wife, Eliza Arnett, a native of Whitley county and of German descent.
As a farmer Mr. Strobel is entitled to rank among the successful men of Warren township; he also exercises a lively interest in the breeding and raising of live stock. This branch of industry has resulted in liberal financial gains to Mr. Strobel, and he is considered one of the best posted men on cattle and hogs in the community where he resides. In farming he studies carefully the nature of soils, and by judicious rotation of crops maintains the fertility of his land and seldom fails in reaping substantial returns for labor and time bestowed. Personally Mr. Strobel is eminently social by nature, a most companionable man, and numbers his friends by the score wherever he has become acquainted. He is a good citizen and a splendid type of the sturdy German-American, that class which has added so much to the wealth of our western country and formed such an important part of the body politic. Since attaining his majority he has affiliated with the Democratic party. In matters of religion both himself and wife have been zealous members of the Lutheran church for a number of years.