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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Hon. Solomon F. Stahl, cashier of the Benton County Bank, of Bentonville, Ark., is a native of Shelby County, Mo., born February 8, 1851, son of Frederick and Margret (Link) Stahl. The father was born in Economy, Penn., in 1816, was of German descent, a farmer and engineer by occupation. He was a young man when his father, Martin Stahl, moved to Columbiana County, Ohio, and in 1844 Martin Stahl moved to Shelby County, Mo., where he died. He was a farmer by occupation. Frederick Stahl was married in Mahoning County, Ohio, and soon after devoted his time and attention to engineering, at which he has worked the greater portion of his life. In 1844 he moved to Shelby County, Mo., and in 1868 he moved to Aurora Mills, Marion County, Ore., where he now lives. His wife, Margret (Link) Stahl, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, and died in March, 1852. She was the mother of six children, five of whom lived to be grown: Joseph (deceased), Lydia (deceased), Mrs. Mary Backert, John, Henry M. and Solomon F. The latter received a good common school education, and at the age of fifteen began working in a store at Bethel, Shelby Co., Mo., for P. & M. Miller, and remained three years in their employ. At the end of that time he became partner with J. G. Bauer. The firm title for the next three years was Bauer & Stahl, after which be formed a partnership with John D. Miller, under the firm name of Miller & Stahl. Both the above businesses were carried on in Nineveh, Adair Co., Mo., where he had moved to in 1868. In 1873 their store and contents, with no insurance, was burned, and the hard earnings of Mr. Stahl were swept away. He had a large amount of latent energy, and went to work with renewed vigor, establishing himself at Shibley’s Point, Adair Co., Mo. February 22, 1874, he married Miss Sarah Shoop, who was born in Adair County, Mo., in 1854, and who became the mother of four children: Lillie A., Clauda C., Edwin R. and Carmine S. In 1880 Mr. Stahl was elected judge of Adair County, Mo., on the Republican ticket, and afterward moved to Kirksville, Mo., and assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of that city. He was director and stockholder, and the following year he was elected assistant cashier, holding that position until March, 1885, when, owing to his wife’s health, he resigned his position and moved to Bentonville, Benton Co., Ark. On June 8, 1885, he organized the Benton County Bank, with a capital of $20,000, and was elected cashier of the same. May, 1887, the capital stock was increased to $50,000, paid up. Judge Stahl has been cashier of the same since its organization, and is a man of shrewd business capacity, and one whose honesty and integrity have never been questioned. The bank has prospered from the time of its organization and is doing a good business. This bank has the finest banking house in Northwestern Arkansas. Judge Stahl has always been very temperate in his habits, and is a warm supporter of temperance reform. He is a Master Mason of Lodge No, 56 and of Chapter No. 15, and he and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a member for fourteen years, and all that time he has been a ruling elder.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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