Charles A. "Karl" Stenzel was born onn 31 August 1875 in Germany coming to America with his parents in 1889. 





Charles and Hattie Thom Stenzel

Charles was married to  Hedwig Julianna "Hattie" Thom on 10 February 1903 at Zion Lutheran Church, Iva, Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan by Karl L. Mueller, Lutheran Minister.  Hattie was born 14 May 1881 in Ohio.  Her parents were William and Amelia Thom.  It states in the Zion Lutheran Church marriages records of 1903 that Karl and Hedwig Thom were married.


In 1916, Charles and Hattie owned two separate 40 acres parcels of land on Dice Road, the crossroad was N. Steele Road. Their property was almost across the road from each other in Section 1 and Section 12 of Jonesfield Township, Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. Charle's brother,  Herman lived across the road (east) on N. Steele and Dice Road Road, which was in Richland Township.  Charles lived in Jonesfield Township and across the road was Richland Township where Herman lived.

Charles and Hattie Thom Stenzel's home on N. Merrill Road in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan

By 1920, Charles and Hattie owned and operated their farm in Section 1 and Section 12 of Jonesfield Township but also owned a home and property on 80 acres of land on N. Merrill Road in Section 2 of Jonesfield Township.  The picture of the home is illustrated.


Charles also served as Jonesfield Township Supervisor.


Charles died on 24 November 1937 at Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Hattie died on 3 September 1952 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.  They are both buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Saginaw County, Mi.

Reinhold Stenzel



Reinhold Fred Stenzel was born 14 November 1905 in Jonesfield Township, Merrill, Michigan.  The same year, he was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Iva, Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.  He was in Zion Lutheran Church's Confirmatio  Class of 1919.

Reinhold and Caroline Fehn Stenzel


Reinhold married Caroline Augusta Fehn on the 3 February 1929 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan by Emil Walther, a Lutheran Minister. Their witnesses were Martin Stenzel, Lily Neitzke, William Fehn and Emma Prenzler. Caroline's parents were August F. and Bertha L. Roggow Fehn.


They had three daughters Elenor, Mildred and Darlene Stenzel.


Reinhold help build the Stenzel house and many others in his lifetime.




Reinhold died on 14 December 1975 and Caroline died on the 10 March 1980.  They are both buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

sources: Zion Lutheran Church Records, St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church Record (marriage record), find a grave, WWI and WWII draft, 1916 and 1920 Jonesfield Township and Richland Township Plat Map, find a grave.                           

pictures from Elenor Stenzel McDonald and Mildred Stenzel Parker