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John Feiten
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Birth: Feb. 4, 1840, Germany
Death: Jun. 23, 1923
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

John Feiten's business growth and personal acclaim

"One of the substantial pioneers of St. Joseph County"

1890, Mishawaka, IN

According to the "History of St. Joseph County--1890-- Indiana", the following
information is written:

"John Feiten, one of the substantial pioneers of St. Joseph county, especially
identified with its business progress, has been gaining ground in the confidence
and deep respect of its people since he first located in this locality
fifty-four years ago. In view of this fact, it will rightly be inferred that
the honor in which he is held is deeply rooted indeed, as it is of such long and
continuous growth.

Mr. Feiten is a native of the village of Demarath, Germany, born on the 3rd of
February, 1840, a son of John F. and Anna maria Stultz Feiten, his parents being
natives of the same place. John Feiten was the only child by this marriage. His
mother was married a second time to John Hauprichs and by this union was born a
son, Joseph, who was a resident of Mishawaka until his death in 1902.

John Feiten attended the parochial schools of his native village until he was
thirteen years of age, when in 1853 his parents brought him to America, the
family landing in New York and going thence directly to Mishawaka, where they
arrived on June 29th of that year. In accord with the sensible German custom
the boy was at once apprenticed to a trade, which in his case happened to be
that of cabinet making combined with chair making. At this dual occupation he
busied himself for several years, but with experience and the saving of a little
capital he determined to broaden the scope of his business operations and engage
in the furniture and undertaking lines.

In 1865 Mr. Feiten founded the house devoted to this business through which he
became so well known by his energetic and honorable dealings of more than a
quarter of a century. Although his store was entirely destroyed in the great
fire of September 5, 1872, he immediately rebuilt, and thereafter his business
continued to grow uninterruptedly until he was as well knoiwn as any undertaker
in St. Joseph county. His unfailing courtesy and sociability made him numerous
friends and his reliability as a business man retained the trade which his
popularity brought him. He successfully conduted the business until 1901 when
its conduct was assumed by his son, Eugene, since deceased.

On April 16, 1866, Mr. Feiten married Miss Isabella Black, the ceremony
occurring at St. Patrick's church, Decatur, Illinois. The four children of this
union are as follows: Nellie Mary, now the wife of William K. Konzon, assistant
manager of the South Bend Chilled Plow company; Gertrude Louise, Mrs. W.P.
O'Neil, whose husband's biography is published on other pages of this work;
Mary Bernadette, wife of Frank Lenhard, assistant manager of the Beiger Woolen
Manufacturing company, and she is the mother of one child, Alden; and Eugene
August Feiten, already mentioned in this review. Mr. Feiten and his family are
stanch members of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church with which the former is so
prominently identified. John Feiten is a Catholic by ancestry and from
conviction. When he came to St. Joseph county in 1853, as a boy of thirteen, he
served as altar boy in an old frame house used as a place of worship by Rev.
Father Sorin, the founder of Notre Dame College. In November 1867, then but a
young man, he succeeded in organizing St. Joseph's Mutual Benefit society, and
altogether for more than fifty years has been a pillar of the church and all its
associated organizations. In politics he is a Democrat, but has given the
strength of his life to the faithful and able superintendence of his private
affairs, and the upbuilding locally of the religious faith which is so vital a
part of his very existence."

Researched by Anne Benington who originally submitted this to Lenhard Family
Tree on 25 Sep 2008, on

Father: John F Feiten 1810-1841
Mother: Anna Marie Stultz 1815-1879 
Family links: 
  Isabella Black Feiten (1846 - 1914)
  Mary Bernadette Feiten Lenhard (1878 - 1959)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Josephs Cemetery
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec D, Row 31, #220
Created by: Mom_of_3_boys
Record added: Nov 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101299796
John Feiten
Added by: Wendy & John Corcoran
John Feiten
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Added by: Tammy Pavlekovich
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"I searched the stated plot or section and could not find the grave. They also reported, specifically: The plot # is not in Section D but section C, and the rows do not match. The plot # DOES belong to Feiten, but I could not find a marker for John," pho...(Read more)
- Wendy & John Corcoran
 Added: Jan. 20, 2013
Love to our family whom we would like to learn more about through pictures and stories!
- Wendy & John Corcoran
 Added: Nov. 27, 2012

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