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Delaware County, Iowa


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Augusta H. Preussner


Coffin's Grove Twp.


     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, Iowa.
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. 


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 123-124.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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