August Eichhorst (b. February 05, 1840, d. March 19, 1938)
August Eichhorst (son of Michael Eichhorst and <Unnamed>)98 was born February 05, 1840 in Herzog, Posen, Germany/Poland98, and died March 19, 1938 in Son's House, Waldorf, Minnesota98. He married Justina Janke on January 11, 1863 in Germany98.
Notes for August Eichhorst: August came to the US in 1869 on a sailboat. It took 6 weeks to make the passage. His wife, Justina, often said she prayed the entire trip that the father (August) wouldn't die. The two oldest children, Fred and Charolette, and his father, Michael, came with. August and Justina were surfs in Germany. They lived in a house with dirt floors. Neither had any schooling. August grew up in Germany near a swamp that produced swamp gas. Sometimes the gas would burn and make strange noises. As a result, August was very superstitious. He also often said that in Germany he was plagued by gypsies. He had many hiding places so the gypsies wouldn't find any of his valuables. Before he left Germany, August was the head surf in charge of horses. He didn't really want to come to the United States but Justina's sister kept telling Justina how wonderful it was in America. Finally Justina told August she was going to America, with or without him. Because he was in charge of horses in Germany, when he came to the U.S. he wouldn't milk cows or do other menial jobs. He was the horse person. He wouldn't even let his horses go out of the barn in the summer. In fact, he put turpentine on their coats so they would look shiny. His brother (Gustof) and sister were in America before August. They got him released from his serfdom. They also sent him money in Germany. It was the first time he ever had any money. August and Justina came to America in 1869 and settled in Iosco township (near Waseca), Minnesota. The first year they stayed with Justina's brother. August worked 9 years for the railroad. Later, they moved to Freedom township and in 1877 bought a farm in Vivian township. They lived there until the last years of their lifes. August was up at 6 A.M. and in bed by 10 P.M. He would go to bed at 10 even if he had company visiting. It is told that even when they had a birthday party for him he went to bed at 10. He would only eat meat, potatoes, bread, carrots, sauerkraut and apples. Ten children were born into the family. In his later years, August would take care of the firewood. He measured every stick before he cut it so it was all the same length. When he stacked the wood, it was a work of art. August was never sick up to 1 week before his death. Confined to bed 5 days, he passed peacefully to his final reward. On his tombstone is written "Christus ist mein Leben", Christ is my Life
More About August Eichhorst: Burial: March 22, 1938, Vivian Cemetery, Waldorf, Minnesota.98
August Eichhorst and Justina Jahnke
More About August Eichhorst and Justina Janke: Marriage: January 11, 1863, Germany.98
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