November 3, 2017
From all accounts, Edwin B. Stadtler was a talented blacksmith. His calling included constructing functional pieces that made life easier, such as horse troughs, water tanks, and grain storage bins. Edwin took that talent – joined by his sons Edward and Arthur F. Stadtler – and began fabricating gutters, awnings, and canopies out of a shop at 4013 Lake Street, Chicago. They also constructed sheet-metal flashing and skylights for the City of Chicago streetcar barns. This business remained strong and steady until the Depression.