William P. Steva is one of the younger farmers of Delhi
township and is successfully operating a tract of eighty acres
which he owns. Previous to his marriage he was for three years
connected with the well known implement firm of W. D. Hoyt
Company. He was born in Almoral, Delaware county, March 6, 1882,
a son of Albert and Louise (March) Steva, both natives of
Germany, where they were reared and married. In 1872 they came to
the United States and settled near Hartford, Washington county,
Wisconsin, where they farmed for about nine years. In 1880 they
came to Delaware county, Iowa, and rented a farm in the vicinity
of Almoral for two years and then rented land near Delhi. Two
years later they purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in
Oneida township, which they cultivated until about 1898, when
they retired and removed to Earlville, where they are now living.
To them were born nine children, five of whom survive: Minnie,
the wife of Ferdinand March, a resident of North Fork township;
Gusta, the wife of Fred Derga, of North Fork township; Otto, who
lives upon the old homestead in Oneida township; Mary, now Mrs.
Gus Nieman and a resident of Delhi township; and William P.
Herman passed away at the age of thirty two years at Idaho Falls,
Idaho, and the other three children died in childhood.
William P. Steva received his education in
the public schools of this county and also learned efficient
methods of agriculture by the instruction and example of his
father, as he assisted the latter in the work of the homestead.
For three years after starting out in life for himself he was
employed in Earlville by the W. D. Hoyt Company, the well known
implement concern of this county. After his marriage, which
occurred in 1913, he removed to his farm of eighty acres which is
situated two miles from Earlville and has since concentrated his
energies upon its cultivation. He is a man of foresight and
industry, and the measure of success which is his today is but a
pledge of the prosperity which he will attain in years to come.
Mr. Steva was married on the 12th of
February, 1913, to Miss Eva May Smock, a daughter of William and
Veletta (Smith) Smock, natives of Pennsylvania and this county
respectively. To Mr. and Mrs. Smock were born seven children:
James, a resident of Earlville; Delbert, who lives at Masonville;
Ethel, the wife of A. L. Rainbird, a resident of Robinson, Iowa;
Frank, of Ostrander, Minnesota; Mrs. Steva; and Veletta and
Gladys, both at home. The parents live at Earlville and are
highly esteemed by their fellow citizens. Mr. Steva gives his
political allegiance to the republican party but places the
qualifications of the candidate above his party connection. He is
commendably interested in the conduct of the public affairs. His
entire life has been passed in Delaware county and his interests
are thoroughly identified with those of the community, and he is
always willing to cooperate in any movement seeking the material,
moral or social betterment.