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Stelzle, Charleslocked

(04 June 1869–27 February 1941)
  • Thomas Reimer

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Stelzle, Charles (04 June 1869–27 February 1941), clergyman, labor advocate, and writer, was born in New York City, the son of the German immigrant John Stelzle, a small brewer, and Doretta Uhlendorf. Stelzle grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side, and after the death of his father he worked at age eight as a tobacco stripper for fifty cents a week. He joined a street gang and was arrested twice, but his mother sent him to Sunday school at the Presbyterian Hope Chapel. He changed his ways, learned the trade of a machinist, and, stirred by the desire to help, began theological studies....

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