"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 644-45
John B. Stoffel. About thirty-five years ago John B. Stoffel came from his native Germany to America. He was then a young man with a few hundred dollars of capital, and with a courage and industry equal to all the hardships and hazards confronting him in his career in the new world. Mr. Stoffel has for the past twenty-five years been a prosperous farmer in Clear Creek township of Huntington county and long since reached a place of high esteem in the community and has founded a beautiful and comfortable home and become able to provide for his growing family and at the same time enjoy the comforts of life for himself.
John B. Stoffel was born in the Kingdom of Luxemburg, December 6, 1852. His parents were Peter and Margaret (Feight) Stoffel, both of whom spent all their lives in the old country. There were ten children and three of them came to the United States.
John B. Stoffel was reared and educated in his native land, was trained to habits of industry, and thrift, and on coming to the United States in 1878 possessed six hundred dollars in cash. His first location was in the city of Huntington where he was employed by his brother in a tannery for a year and a half. After that he bought a farm in Jackson township, and settled down to a career of farming. Mr. Stoffel married Margaret Ludwig, who came from the old country, and who died a few years after their marriage. She left one son, Charles Stoffel, who now lives in Huntington, and another child died in infancy.
On November 17, 1887, Mr. Stoffel married Rosie Scheu, who was born July 15, 1858, in Germany. Their marriage was celebrated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and they came to Huntington county and located on the farm in Clear Creek township where they still reside. Eight children have been born to their marriage as follows: Frank, born November 11, 1889; Celia, born November 23, 1890; August, born March 21, 1891; Peter, born July 14, 1893; Edward, born February 14, 1895; Oscar E., born July 10, 1897; Hilda, born May 6, 1899; and Fred, born December 10, 1901. The family are members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Huntington and are quiet but substantial people who are prospering and are active workers in behalf of their friends and neighbors.