The first good place to look for quotes about Joseph Strorm is chapter 2. At the beginning of the chapter, David gives readers a bit of background information about his grandfather and father. At one point, David tells readers that his father is a "man of local consequence." This means that Joseph is an important community man. This doesn't necessarily mean that he is a hard worker, but generally most communities reward men that publicly work hard. By the age of 16, Joseph Strorm was making public appearances by giving the Sunday address at church. As the Waknuk community grew, Joseph's presence in the community was not "submerged." He works hard to keep his community presence, and he works hard to stay a community leader.
He was still the largest land-owner, he still continued to preach frequently on Sundays and to explain with practical clarity the laws and views held in heaven upon a variety of matters and practices, and, upon the appointed days, he administered the laws temporal, as a magistrate. For the rest of the time he saw to it that he, and all within his control, continued to set a high example to the district.
The Strorm household is a visible symbol of Joseph's hard work being rewarded with land, property, and servants. David tells readers that his father's household was "extensive." The family itself is a family of 5, but the house also includes kitchen girls, dairymaids, farm men and their children. Meals often involved 20 or more people.