Augusta H. Preussner, whose demise occurred in 1900, successfully devoted his
attention to agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business career and at
the time of his death owned a valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres on
section 4, Coffin’s Grove township. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on the 5th
of August, 1846, his parents being Frederick and Charlotte Preussner, who were
born, reared and married in Germany. Emigrating to the United States, they took
up their abode in Chicago and subsequently located on a farm in Delaware county,
Augustus H. Preussner remained under the parental roof until twenty-four years
of age, when he was married and established a home of his own. General
agricultural pursuits claimed his time and energies throughout his entire
business career and at his death he owned a valuable and well improved farm of
one hundred and sixty acres in Coffins Grove township, which property was a
tract of prairie land when it came into his possession. His widow still owns the
place and also forty acres of timber land in Richland township.
As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Preussner chose Miss Mary
Thompson, a native of West Virginia and a daughter of George and Cynthia (Surbaugh)
Thompson, both of whom were born in Virginia. At the end of several years
residence in Illinois, they removed to Buchanan county, Iowa, and there spent
the remainder of their lives. They became the parents of seven children. To Mr.
and Mrs. Preussner were born four children, as follows: Mattie A,, who is the
wife of Arthur Morris; Fred G., living in Coffins Grove township; Albert P., who
resides on the old home farm with his widowed mother; and Emma C., who gave her
hand in marriage to Dennis Morris of Coffins Grove township.
Mr. Preussner died in 1900 and was buried in the Spring Hill cemetery, the
community thus losing one of its substantial agriculturists and respected
citizens. His widow, who survives, is well known here and has won many friends
who esteem her highly for her many excellent trails of heart and mind.