Gazlay Family History

FamilyKarl Steffen


FatherMartin Karl Steffen (1879 - )
MotherJohanna D. _____ (1875 - 1950)

Personal Information

Record Created: 6 March 2010; Last Edited: 6 March 2010 
NameKarl Steffen
Born 29 January 1904 in Hamburg, Germany1
Married 14 February 1940 in Evangelical Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey to Effie Philp Patterson2
Died 21 January 1981 in Lake Worth, Florida1, 2


Karl immigrated to the U.S. on 31 October 1927. Karl worked for many years as a foreign representative to Sherwin Williams Co., a paint manufacturer, in Panama, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. He was also a sales manager for Schenly Liquor International. He eventually made himself an independent salesman, handling construction materials, paints, electrical and plumbing supplies in Central America, Venezuela, and Columbia. In 1954 he opened a paint store as agent for John Lucas Paint Co., along with his brother-in-law, John Patterson. In 1959, Karl and Effie went to Panama to help a friend while they went to Europe, and they stayed there until 1964. Karl enjoyed golf and fishing, and he was an avid sports fan. He also invested in the stock market.2


Spouse 1FamilyEffie Philp Patterson (daughter of John Philp Patterson and Ida May Hauch)
Born 12 June 1910 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
Married 14 February 1940 in Evangelical Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey to Karl Steffen
Died 18 January 2003 in Lake Worth, Florida


  1. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Karl Steffen, no. 145-03-1926
  2. Record of visit with Ida V. (Patterson) Johnston at her Florida home in 1996 by Lee Gazlay.