John C. Stemler of Matawan died of paralysis on Saturday, December 23d, aged 65 years. He had a slight stroke of paralysis in August, and in September he had another attack. He recovered from these attacks but was again stricken about five weeks ago and from this stroke he never recovered. Mr. Stemler was born in Hessen, Germany, and came to this country when he was about 22 years old. He got work at Brooklyn with Peter L. Cortleyou and the next year he and Mr. Cortleyou moved to Matawan. Mr. Stemler remained with Mr. Cortleyou six years. Afterward he was for two years foreman on Joseph W. Brown’s farm at Cliffwood. Mr. Stemler later bought a farm of sixteen acres from George Falk, which is now a part of the homestead farm of 52 acres. Mr. Stemler sent his produce to one stand in New York for 22 years.
Mr. Stemler married Christina Straub, who died in 1890, leaving two sons and a daughter. The children are Rosa, wife of Edward Anderson, Louis H. Stemler and Christian F. Stemler. The two sons have managed the homestead farm for the past year.
Mr. Stemler made a will leaving the farm and his personal property to his son, Louis. Louis is to pay his brother, Christian, $1,500 within one year, and the income of $1,500 is to be paid to Mrs. Anderson during her lifetime. At her death the principal is to be paid to her children. The first payment is not to be made to Mrs. Anderson by Louis until July, 1901.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jan 3, 1900