Tuesday, April 28, 2020

August Suess 1835-1925

August Suess   was born in the village of Graben, near the city of Karlsruhe, capital of the grand duchy of Baden, and grew to manhood there, learning the trade of tailor. In 1857 he came to this country and after spending a short time at Chicago came West, in 1860, and for some time thereafter was engaged as a farm hand in Holt county, Missouri, presently coming across the river and buying a tract of land, a quarter of a section, in the precinct of Arago, in this county, for which he paid nine hundred dollars. In 1861 he married Katharina M. Werner, also a native of Baden, born in the village of Graben, and who was a daughter of one of the earliest settlers in this section, and after his marriage established his home in the old village of Arago, going across the river to Corning to work. A year later he moved into his farm and proceeded to break the soil with an ox-team, presently getting the place under cultivation.  It was about 1861 that August Suess bought that pioneer farm and he lived there until his retirement from the farm many years later and removal to Falls City, where he is now living at the age of eighty years.  

His wife died in 1907, she then being fifty-seven years of age. They were parents of six children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the third in order of birth, the others being Philip E., born in 1862, now living at Centerville, Kansas; August, born in 1864, who died in that same year; Henry, born in 1868, died in that same year; Mrs. Louise K. Poitner, born in 1880, now deceased, and Mrs. Mary Daeschner, of Falls City, born in 1873. August Suess took an active part in the development of this section of the county in pioneer days and during and after the Civil War period served as a member of the local militia. He was a good farmer and became a substantial Landowner. (Source: Richardson County History)

Documents related to August Suess:

August Suess birth 1835 film? can't locate


August Suess 102078348 1044  bap

Translation by Robert Seal:
46. In the year of Christ 1835, on the 16th of September in the night at 12 o'clock was born and on the 20th of the same month in the afternoon at 2:30 pm was baptized: August. The parents are the citizen and farmer Johann Philipp Süß and his wife Margaretha, née Rösch.
Present as baptismal sponsors were: [1] Philipp Schütz, citizen, and his wife Katharina, née Raicher. (2) Katharina Kemm, widow of the deceased citizen Gottlieb Ratinger. (3) ______ Rothschild here.
Graben, on the 20th of September 1835: Pastor Käß.
Note: Re: the occupation "Mühlarzt: This literally translates as: mill doctor. A "Mühlarzt" (alternative spelling "Mühlenarzt") builds and repairs mills.
Translation A U Adams:
Sidenote: Süß August wanderte im J. 1857 nach Amerika aus. - August Süß emigrated to the US in 1857. August was born the 16th of September 1835, and christened on the 20th of the same month. His parents are Johann Philipp Süß and his wife Margaretha Rüsch. Witnesses were Philipp Schütz and his wife Katherina Reicher. 2.

Katharina Kamm widow of Gottlieb Ratinger. 3. Mühlarzt Rotschild.
Note: Süß is spelled with the following single letter from the German alphabet: "ß" (called an Eszett) making the name: Suess. The Eszett represents a double s.