Joseph Michael Stigler was born to German immigrants Michael Stigler and Therese Gerner on Mar 11 1863 in Cincinnati. He had fourteen siblings and his father died when he was just fifteen years old. He married Josephine Anna Ruhl who was also a daughter of German immigrants whose father died while she was young. They were married Jun 19 1889 at St. Boniface Church. This church was the family church and the one he went to for the rest of his life. Joseph and Josephine had six children and the home his family eventually settled in is still within the family today, currently being lived in by his grandchildren. He was a hard working man having worked as a contractor building several brick streets throughout Cincinnati. He went on to own a café, two groceries stores and a bowling alley all on Kirby Road. He became a member of St. Boniface Men's Society, the Director of Aloysius Orphanage and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He died Apr 16 1945 and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.