JOHN J. STANGEL, hotel proprietor, merchant, and prominent citizen of Stangelville, Kewaunee county, was born in the town of Mishicot, Manitowoc Co., Wis., May 16, 1857, and is a son of John and Dora Stangel, natives of Bohemia, who came to the United States in 1854 and the next year took up a homestead in Mishicot township, Manitowoc county. Mr. Stangel was one of the first settlers of the vicinity, and endured all the hardships of pioneer life, but succeeded in clearing up his farm, and retired on a well-earned competency in 1892. His wife, Dora, was born in 1831, and died in the town of Mishicot in 1872; Mr. Stangel was born in the same year as his wife.
Our subject, who is the seventh in a family of eight children, acquired his education in the pioneer schools of Wisconsin, and his studies were ended when he reached the age of twelve years, after which he worked with his father on the farm until eighteen. He then engaged in agriculture on his own account, and followed the occupation until May, 1888, when he sold his personal property and entered into business in Stangelville, where he is the proprietor of the "Stangelville House", in connection with which he conducts a saloon. He is also engaged in mercantile business, and is owner of the cheese factory in the same village, and still owns and operates a farm. In all the business undertakings in which he is engaged he has proven himself to be sagacious and far-seeing, and all have been successfully and profitably conducted. He is a Democrat in politics, has filled the offices of assessor and supervisor, for nine years has been justice of the peace, and in every position has more than met the expectations of the people.
In 1875 Mr. Stangel was married to Miss Annie Seidenglanz, who was born in Bohemia December 8, 1856, and to this union were born five children, viz.: Mary, Emma, William, Wenzel and Jacob. The mother of these died April 12, 1892, and for a second wife Mr. Stangel married, October 3, 1893, Frances Tikalsky, who was born in Bohemia December 3, 1859. To this last union have been born two children: Delia and Flora. Mr. Stangel is a member of the Roman Catholic Union of Wisconsin, and is a devout member of the Catholic Church. He is highly respected by his fellow citizens and is regarded as being one of the most enterprising business men of the township.
From "Commemorative Biographical Record of Brown, Door, & Kewaunee Counties"