Daniel Stomm. The best way to identify Daniel
Stomm with the citizenship of DeKalb County is
to say that he is proprietor of Vistawald in Fair-
field Township. He was born May 20, 1862, and is
now the senior in the house of Stomm in the United
States. He looks both backward and forward over
two generations of the family in DeKalb County.
The house of Stomm was first established in this
country when his uncle, Daniel Stomm, whose name
he bears, accompanied by a sister, Margaret Stomm,
located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1851. They
were soon followed by the rest of the family from
Baden, Germany. In 1854 George Henry Stomm and
his family arrived in DeKalb County, after living
for a short time in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. The
son Daniel, who was a blacksmith in Pittsburg,
died there unmarried, but the daughter Margaret
came on with the family to the new home in Indiana. When George M. Stomm and wife, Margaret (Holtzworth) Stomm, crossed the Atlantic
to join their son and daughter in America they were
accompanied by four children, Henry, Elizabeth,
Barbara and Catherine.
Henry, who was the father of Daniel, the present
head of the Stomm family, was born in Germany
March 24, 1833, and had just attained to manhood
when he came to DeKalb County. He had learned
the weaver's trade in Germany, but agriculture has
been the forte of the Stomm family in this country. The naturalization papers of Henry Stomm
are now a matter of record in the DeKalb County
court house. Today the history of all that generation of the Stomm family has been written on the
tombstone in the DeKalb-Steuben County Line Cemetery in Steuben County. The Stomm family name
was identified with the German Reformed Church,
and in politics the family vote always went to democratic candidates.
Henry Stomm married Anna Maria Gettz on January 9, 1856. She had come with her parents, William and Eliza (Hosier) Gettz, from Pennsylvania.
Two of her sisters, Sarah and Susannah Putt, who
married brothers, are living at Garrett, Indiana. The
seven living children born to Henry and Anna Maria
Stomm are: Daniel, Elizabeth, Moses, William,
Mary, Nora and Clara. Three others deceased were
Sarah, Amanda and Cora. The mother died October
1, 1882, and Henry Stomm married Catherine Bickle,
who helped rear his younger children.
On January 1, 1886, Daniel, who, it will be noted,
was born about eight years after the family came to
DeKalb County, married Nancy Elizabeth Urey. She
became the mother of two sons. Voyde G. and
Roy C. She died January 3, 1891. On October 10,
1894, Mr. Stomm married Mary AI. Borger, of Owen
County, Indiana. She is a daughter of Joseph and
Emma (Hostetler) Borger, whose eight children
were: George M., Costa M., William F., Mary M.,
Ida A., Esther, Martin J. and Jacob E. An older
set of children than these were seven half brothers
and sisters bearing the name Borger: Rachel, Benjamin, Levi, David, Elizabeth, Catherine and Sarah.
The three children born to Daniel and Mary M.
Stomm are Ralph B., Ruth O. and Emma M. The
two older sons, Voyde and Roy, were reared in the
same household. Voyde married September 28, 1917,
Iva High, and they have one child, Lois M. Roy
married. May 31, 1914, Mary Benjamin, and their
son, Austin Leroy, and the father, Roy, are both now
deceased. The son Ralph B. married Theresa M.
Hanes December 2, 1917. They have one son, Robert
G. Ruth O. was married January 1, 1919, to Hubert
Boyd. Lois May and Robert Gerald Stomm are the
two representatives of the fifth generation of the
Stomm family in DeKalb County.
Since 1887 Daniel Stomm has lived in his present
home in Fairfield and today Vistawald is one of
the most picturesque and attractive farmsteads in the
entire county. The hill top building site is high and
dr3', and the home buildings are well set in orchard
and small fruit groves. Strawberry culture is a
specialty. Spraying and other necessary work is
done in season in order to secure high class fruit
A small apiary is maintained with the double purpose
of honey on the dinner table and the better polenization of fruit. There is a stucco house with full
basement story, modern heating, electric lighting and
water system, the water being forced into the house
by hydraulic ram from a spring that supplies sufficient water for all domestic purposes and for the
live stock as well. Winter or summer there is no
water to pump and a stream down the hillside from
the fountain, encased in cement, has a continuous
and bounteous supply.
There is the second basement barn, one having been
destroyed by lightning in a storm in which six other
barns were burned in the same neighborhood. The
silo back of the barn was one of the first built in
Vistawald is a scene of thrift and contentment
and of work in which all members of the family participate. The farmstead is hills and dales and
adapted to diversified farming and fruit, live stock
and agriculture. There are yet some unfinished
plans, the World war delaying some of them, but
the traveler will go a long way before he finds a
more attractive spot than Vistawald.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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