STECKLEY, REV. MATTHEW,was born in Germany, September 15, 1836, son of the late Ansulmes and Juliama (Fresse) Steckley. The parents were both natives of Germany and died in their native land. The father was a cabinet maker by trade, and was three times married. Matthew had but one brother. He received his education in Germany, having attended school until he was fourteen years of age. He came with some of his friends to this country, when he was eighteen years of age, and when nineteen years old began an apprenticeship at the trade of shoemaker with a man by the name of Bickel, on Walnut street in Harrisburg. After completing his apprenticeship he worked at his trade as a journeyman for Mr. Desh on Market street, for many years. He subsequently bought the property of William Verbeke, No. 404 Broad street, now Verbeke street, where he was engaged in business for himself until the war broke out. He enlisted in August, 1864, for ten months, in the Two Hundred and First regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, in company A, and having served his full time was discharged June 21, 1865. After his return from the army he resumed the shoe business, in which he continued up to the time of his death, July 14, 1892, at the age of fifty-five years. His death was caused by swallowing a fragment of bone, which caused him four years of suffering-and which was finally removed after treatment at the hospital but not in time to save his life. Mr. Steckley was a regularly ordained minister of the United Evangelical Church, and served in the sacred office in Harrisburg for thirty-six years, where he was highly honored as one of the leaders of God's people. He had also been chaplain at the Almshouse for about twenty years. He served as school director in the city of Harrisburg for one term of three years. In his political veins he was an ardent Republican. He was a member of the Golden Eagles for four years, and was chaplain of his lodge. Mr. Steckley was married, February 20, 1858, to Miss Elizabeth Baker, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Sheets) Baker, to whom were born nine children: Emma, wife of Edwin Zeagler; Edwin; Maggie, wife of John Lappley; Minnie, wife of William Brummel: Annie, wife of Charles Storer; Bertha, wife of Erwin Hershey William, Warren and Paul. The parents of Mrs. Steckley were both natives of Dauphin county, and both died in the county. They had one child, Elizabeth, Mrs. Steckley. The grandparents were also natives of Dauphin county. Her grandfather was for many years engaged in the hat business. Both grandparents died in Dauphin county. William Steckley, son of Rev. Matthew Steckley, was born September 3, 1870, and was educated in the public schools. He is at present managing his father's business and is recognized as one of the leading young business men of the city.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 19 June 2001
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