Henry Steubing, Jr. was born on May 27, 1872 in New Braunfels. He was born to German immigrants Henry Steubing and Katherine Margarethe Wetz. When Henry was 13 years old, his family moved to a farm near San Antonio. The farm was located on what is now Bandera Road at Leon Creek. While growing up, Henry attended school in Helotes.
On May 27, 1896, Henry married Francis Bormann, who had grown up on a neighboring farm. Together they raised nine children. To support such a large family, Henry worked primarily as a farmer and a carpenter. He was also a leader in the community. He helped to build the Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes and established a public school in Leon Valley, where he was a member of the first school board.
Henry Steubing, Jr. loved to read, especially the works of Zane Grey. Henry believed that a good education was very important. Another love was music. He played the violin and several brass instruments. His music was well-known at Hermann Sons' Hall, a dance hall on Braun Road.