Lewis Stealy, one of the pioneers of Steuben County, was born in Marion County, Ohio, November 2nd, 1825, a son of Reverend John and Susannah (Seitze) Stealy. He came with his parents to Steuben County in February, 1836, and has since made it his home. The first school he attended in the county was in a part of his father's house, afterward finished for living rooms. The first teacher was Hortense Miner, who was paid by subscription. When they settled in the county there were no mills and Mr. Stealy has many times grated corn into meal to make their johnny cakes. He has lived through all the varied scenes of pioneer life, experiencing both hardships and pleasures incident to a life in a new country. He has assisted in the development of the county, both in clearing the timber and cultivating the soil, and in aiding with his influence and money all public enterprises. His own efforts have been crowned with success and he is one of the most prosperous men in Pleasant Township.
Submitted By: Mindee Gleason