Henry Augustin, Sr., is one of the representative agriculturists of Verona township and his farm on section
21 is in a high state of development. He was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 14th of Setember, 1849, a son of
Claus and Engel (Tobaben) Augustin, who were natives of that country and were there reared and married. The mother
passed away in Germany and the father came to the United States in 1870 and located near Red Wing, Minnesota, where
he resided until his demise. He followed the occupation of farming and met with gratifying success therein. To
him and his wife were born three children: Hans, who died in Minnesota in 1914; Henry; and Mary, the wife of Ernst
Reader, of Red Wing.
Henry Augustin, Sr., received a good education in Germany and prepared for the school teacher's profession, attending
a normal school. After teaching for two years he came to the United States with his father in 1870 and secured
a position in a parochial school near Red Wing. He taught there for ten years but in the winter of 1880-1881 came
to Nebraska and located on section 21, Verona township, Adams county. He has lived there ever since and has made
excellent improvements upon the place, which now comprises two hundred and forty acres. He also owns another farm
of one hundred and sixty acres and a half section near Kenesaw. He engages in general farming, finding that the
raising of both grain and stock is more profitable than specializing in either. He assisted in organizing the company
which conducts elevators at Prosser and Kenesaw and is now serving as one of its directors.
In 1871 Mr. Augustin was united in marriage to Miss Mari Ruhter, who passed away in December, 1915. They were the
parents of thirteen children, namely: Rudolph, a resident of Doniphan, Nebraska; Henry Jr., who lives hear Kenesaw;
Peter, also residing near Kenesaw; Meta, the wife of John Sauerman, who lives three miles south of Kenesaw; Jacob,
who resides near Hayland, Nebraska; George, who lives in the vicinity of Kenesaw; Walter, of Doniphan; Adolph and
Fred, both of whom are farming in this county; Emma, at home; Anna, the wife of John Uden, who lives near Prosser;
and Lena and Herbert, both at home.
Mr. Augustin votes the democratic ticket at the polls and takes the interest of a good citizen in everything relating
to the public welfare although not an aspirant for official preferment. He was reared in the faith of the German
Lutheran church, in which he still holds membership, and his wife was also identified with that organization. When
he began his business career he was without capital but he possessed good judgment and energy, and as the years
have passed his resources have increased until he is now numbered among the substantial men of Adams county.
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