Born: July 8, 1876

Died: October 13, 1965

Married: Louise Betsch born in France

Children: child born and died before 1900, Augusta Steenken b ~November 1899, William Steenken, Edward Steenken, and Priscilla Steenken

William Steenken, Sr., was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, a son of George Steenken, a grocer, born in 1833.  He was the inventor of a machine to wrap sugar cubes. 

The 1880 U. S. Census shows William, Louise and Augusta at 936 Madison Street, Brooklyn, New York. William was a machinist married 3 yrs.

From at least 1940-1954 he resided at 66 Riverside Drive.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Thursday, October 14, 1965

William Steenken

William Steenken, 89, the inventor of the machine to wrap sugar cubes, died yesterday afternoon at Saranac Lake General Hospital where he had been a patient for only a day.

He had many other inventions to his credit and had worked for the National Sugar Refinery in New York City. He was born July 8, 1876 in Wilmington, N. C., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steenken and came to Saranac Lake in 1921 for his health. Mrs. Steenken, the former Louise Betsch, died in August of 1957 and after that Mr. Steenken made his home with his son, Dr. William Steenken Jr. of Trudeau Road. His son was director of research at the Trudeau Laboratory until his retirement.

Other survivors are another son, Edward of Rockville Centre, L. I.; a daughter, Mrs. Frank Merritt of Lewisburg, PA.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Fortune Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held at 2 p. m. Friday afternoon with the Rev. Lawrence Selig, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. John's in the Wilderness Cemetery at Paul Smiths.