August Eichmeier is known as a progressive citizen who is loyal to the best interests of the community in which
he lives and who in his business career has demonstrated the fact that success is not the result of genius or of
luck but is the outcome of industry, perseverance ands determination. Mr. Eiehmeier was born in Germany December
21, 1857, and is a son of August and Anna (Ahrensdorf) Eichmeier, both of whom spent their entire lives in the
fatherland. Their son August attended the common schools of that counttry until he was fifteen years old, when
he began working with his father in a brickyard and was thus employed to the age of nineteen years. He then joined
the army and served his country in a military capacity for three years. Later he came to the United States, making
the trip on the steamship Wandalia of the Hamburg-American line. It was a very rough voyage, severe weather and
high seas being encountered, and the vessel was thirty days in reaching the American port.
After landing on the soil of the new world Mr. Eichmeier made his way to Eureka, Illinois, where he remained for
a year. On the expiration of that period he came to Jefferson county, Nebraska, where he continued for a year,
and in 1884 he arrived in Saunders county, where he has since made his home, now covering more than three decades.
For two years he was employed as a farm hand but was ambitious to engage in business on his own account, and at
the end of that time rented eighty acres of land. During the fourth year of his residence in this country he had
one hundred and thirty acres which he continued to cultivate and improve for three years. While thus engaged he
carefully saved his earnings until his industry and economy brought him a sufficient sum to enable him to purchase
one hundred and sixty acres of the farm upon which he now resides. Since that time he has added to the property
until he now has three hundred and three acres, constituting a good farm, for the place has been well improved
with modern equipment and accessories.
On March 11, 1880, Mr. Eichmeier was united in marriage to Miss Grete Hennings, a daughter of Henry and Wibke (Reimers)
Hennings. Her parents came to the United States with Mr. Eichmeier and their remaining days were spent in Illinois,
where they were laid to rest when death called them. Mr. and Mrs. Eichmeier have become the parents of five children
who survive: August H., who is living at home; Annie, the wife of C J Frahm, of Ithaca, by whom she has seven children;
Rosie, the wife of Max Hass, of Richland, by whom she has one child; and Lilly and Ernest, both attending school.
In politics Mr. Eichmeier is a democrat and in 1906 was elected to the office of county commissioner. He assumed
the duties of the position at the beginning of the following year and served until 1910. He has held all of the
offices in his school district. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias at Yahoo and he attends
the German Lutheran chinch in Green precinct. When he came to Saunders county he was practically penniless but
by hard work has won success, and his record proves what can be accomplished when determination and diligence point
out the way.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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