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A. J. STOUFFS was born, June 10, 1831, in Belgium, Province of Brabant son of Anthony J. and Josephine (De Corte) Stouffs, natives of Belgium and the parents of seven children, six of whom are yet living. Anthony Stouffs was Treasurer under the Belgium Government but resigned in 1880, and himself and wife are yet living in their native country. A. J. Stouffs received a good education in Europe, and was engaged in importation of silks from Eastern countries and wholesaling in Belgium and France; was married, December 27, 1852, to Miss Zelia Steyls, and, on December 21, 1859, took passage, with his family, on board the steamer “Kangaroo” bound from London to New York, arriving in this country January 11, 1860, since which time the West has been his home. He came to Illinois, engaged in farming and buying wheat, and was for a time in Chicago, selling goods. In 1864, he came to Hobart Ind., where he was engaged, in the capacity of freight clerk, by the P., Ft. W. & C. R. R. Co., and in 1865 came to Columbia City in the same capacity, where he ban ever since remained. In 1867, he assisted in the establishment of a flax mill, which was burred in 1868. He is now retired firm active labor, but assists his son, Arthur, who owns and runs a first-class grocery store near the depot, and "lends a hand" on the home farm of 175 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Stouffs are parents of five children-Anna. Arthur, Mary, George and Blanche. Mr. Stouffs is a Democrat and himself and wife are members of the Human Catholic Church.
Source : Counties of Whitley and Noble, Indiana : historical and biographical; Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co., 1882, 937  pgs.