Donald G. Staebler papers: 1847-2011
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Biography

Donald G. Staebler was born in 1910 in Superior Township to Albert and Ella Goodell Staebler. When Staebler was a child, his family moved onto the Staebler family farm in Dixboro, Michigan. Staebler went to Michigan State Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1934 in Industrial Arts. Around this time, Staebler met Lena Severence. The couple married in 1935.

Staebler taught Industrial Arts and Maintenance at Eaton Rapids High School, Ford Motor Company, as well as Warton Army Technical School in England. He eventually returned to the Staebler Family Farm to work with his father, where he would remain for the rest of his life.

Staebler sold the farm to Washtenaw County in 2001. The farm has been kept as a local park. Staebler passed away in March of 2017.