The family name of Streb has been associated with many of the substantial business interests, professional life and public affairs of Tuscarawas County for several generations. A banker business man and public official was the late Henry W. Streb of Dover.
His son, Joseph H. Streb, is the leading attorney of Dover. Henry W. Streb was born at Strasburg, Tuscarawas County, January 25, 1865. His grandfather was a native of Germany, and was one of the early pioneer Germans who settled in Tuscarawas County and to an important degree influenced its early development. The parents of Henry W. Streb were Joseph J. and Catherine (Krantz) Streb. His father was a native of Tuscarawas County, and one of the respected farmer citizens.
Henry W. Streb grew up on a farm, acquired a good education, and as a youth took up school teaching as a vocation. He taught in the rural schools and then in the high school at Dover, in that way beginning his long connection with Dover as his home town. During President Cleveland's second term, in the '90's, Mr. Streb was appointed postmaster of Dover, holding the office four years. The unusual ability he showed in the administration of this office brought him many important business connections, and he was also a farmer. He served as a state bank examiner, and in 1915 was again appointed postmaster at Dover, by President Wilson, and was filling that office when death came to him on March 30, 1920.
He was one of the leaders of the democratic party in his home county, and at one time was mayor of Dover. He was president of the First National Bank of Dover, was president of the Dover Chamber of Commerce, and during the World war a member of the War Chest Funds Board. He was affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
As a young man he married Miss Ninah Sterling, daughter of Jacob Sailor and Margaret (Moffit) Sterling, her father of English and her mother of Scotch ancestry. Her grandfather, John Sterling, came to Ohio from Maryland and was a pioneer of the Tuscarawas County. Mrs. Henry W. Streb, a native of Tuscarawas County, was assistant postmaster at Dover under her husband, and at his death was chosen postmaster and filled out his unexpired term. She is the mother of two children, Joseph H. and Naomi.
Joseph H. Streb was born at Dover, Ohio, November 13, 1894, and at the age of thirty has reached a promising place of success in his profession. He was reared at Dover, was a graduate of high school there, and took his advanced education in Western Reserve University at Cleveland, graduating with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1918, and with his law degree in 1920. In September, 1918, he enlisted for service at Cleveland, and was attending the Officers' Training School at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, when the armistice was assigned. He was granted an honorable discharge in December, 1918, and then resumed his law studies. He is a member of the American Legion Post. For two years he practiced law at New Philadelphia, and since then has built up a profitable practice at Dover.
He is a democrat, a member of the Masonic Order, Elks, Knights of Pythias, the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. Joseph H. Streb married in 1921 Miss Mae Marshall, daughter of A.S. Marshall, the Pennsylvania Railway agent at Dover. They have two young children, Marcia Ann and Joseph Marshall Streb.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume V