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Augusta C.  Aussieker

Augusta C. Aussieker

Female 1864 - 1946  (~ 81 years)

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  • Name Augusta C. Aussieker  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Nickname Gussie 
    Born Oct 1864  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 7
    Gender Female 
    Died 1946  [7
    Buried Fennville Cem, Fennville, Allegan Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I490  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2013 

    Father Dietrich Aussieker,   b. 17 May 1831, Hanover, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1885, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Charlotte Meyer,   b. 29 Mar 1834, Mecklenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1909, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1859  Fulton, Whiteside Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8, 9
    Family ID F163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joseph ("Joe") A. Elson, Jr.,   b. 1858, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1936  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1883  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 10
    Children 
     1. Bessie A. Elson,   b. 25 Oct 1883, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1972, Grand Rapids, Kent Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +2. James Charles Elson,   b. 6 Aug 1886, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Mate C. Elson,   b. 27 Mar 1888, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1976, Hastings, Barry Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Rose Elson,   b. 23 Apr 1890, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1929, Benton Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     5. Unknown Elson,   d. Bef 1900
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2013 16:55:04 
    Family ID F165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1880 census lists Augusta as a 15-yr old girl living with her parents and 6 siblings "at home" in Cedar Rapids. 1880 U.S.Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 9, Roll 351, stamped p. 79).

      August Aussieker married Joe Elson in 1883, and they had 5 children by the time of the 1900 census. That census records the entire family: Joseph, 39, born Nov 1860 in Iowa; Augusta, 35, born Oct 1864 in Iowa; and their Illinois-born children: Bessie, 16, b. Oct 1883; James, 13, b. Aug 1886; "Matie," 12, b. Mar 1888; and Rose, 10, b. Apr 1890. According to the census, the Elsons had been married 18 years, and Augusta had given birth to 5 children, only 4 of whom were then living. 1900 U.S. Census, Ward 31, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL (T 623, Roll 284, stamped p. 308B).

      The 1910 census lists "Agusuta C," 45, living her husband Joseph, 50, a retail grocer, and 2 Illinois-born daughters: "Mate C," 21; and "Rose N," 19. Both daughters worked as telephone operators. Also in the home was Joseph's brother, Charles A. 1910 U.S. Census, La Grange Twsp, Cass Cnty, MI (T 624, Roll 640, stamped p. 105B).

      In the 1920 census, "Augusta C," 55, lived with her husband, Joseph Elson, 60, and his brother Charles A, 55. Joseph worked as a "Farmer" of his own "Fruit Farm." His brother was a "Proprietor" of a "General Store." 1920 U.S. Census, Hagar Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI (T 625, Roll 757, stamped p. 17).

      According to a death notice for her sister Elizabeth in Sep 1926, "Mrs. Joe Elson" was living in Riverside, Michigan.

      The 1930 census shows Augusta, 65, and her husband Joseph, 70, living together; no other family members were in the home. The census records that when they married, Augusta was 18, and Joe was 23. It also records that both were born in Iowa; that Joe's father was born in England and his mother in Pennsylvania, while Augusta's parents were both born in Germany. 1930 U.S. Census, Hagar Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI (T 626, Roll 976, stamped p. 105B).
    • Karen Knecht wrote, in 2013 :

      " *** Joe Elson (b 1858)[Joseph A. Elson Jr.; i491] who married Augusta Aussieker [Augusta C. "Gussie" Aussieker; i490] is from an Elson family completely unrelated to my Elston / Elson line [which starts with Jacob D. Elston; i611].

      "However, Joe Elson had a fruit farm not far from my grandparents, Claude & Bessie (Snouffer) Elson, in Michigan [i473 & i16]. Joe's brother, Charles [Charles Andrew Elson; i8805], also lived with them & owned a grocery store (or general store) in the area near Lake Michigan in Hagar Township.

      "My grandmother, Bessie Snouffer, spent the summer(s) around 1914 staying with her aunt & uncle (Joe & Augusta Elson)...... and she worked during this time at the store. According to my Uncle Bob [Robert Snouffer Elson; i476], it was while working at this store that Bessie met her future husband, Claude Elson. I'm sure the coincidence over the Elson surname was quite an "icebreaker". They were married in 1915.

      "I also recall Uncle Bob telling me about a fire which got out of control as Joe Elson was clearing out brush on his farm. As they often did when neighboring farmers had an emergency, Claude Elson & his sons rushed to assist in putting out the fire. Joe died as a result of injuries suffered in this tragic fire.

      "Joe & Elizabeth Elson's daughter, Rose Elson (b 1890) [i494], was a cousin & best buddy of Bessie Snouffer. They were only 1 year apart in age & Bessie had 4 brothers and no sisters…."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S552] IL Census 1900, Chicago|, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 284, p. 308B).

    3. [S700] MI Census 1920, Berrien, Michigan, Berrien Cnty, 1920 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T625, Roll 757, p. 17).

    4. [S42] Jewell - Snouffers|, Carol Snouffer Jewell, "Snouffer, Schnauffer, Newens of Germany, IA, 1523-1997" (Nov 1999), (Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree," CD-ROM database (vol. 54, tree 2400), Cambridge, MA; The Learning Company, Inc. : 2000).

    5. [S883] Ancestry Tree - Aussieker|, Kathy Johnson, KFamilyTree 6.003, (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/839918/listofallpeople; Email: ksiscrib_city@yahoo.com).

    6. [S699] MI Census 1930, Berrien, Michigan, Berrien Cnty, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 976, p. 105B).

    7. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).

    8. [S73] IA Census 1880, Cedar Rapids|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 1880 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T9, Roll 351, p. 79A).

    9. [S695] Barbara Hannon|, Hannon, Barbara, (Emails from barbarajhannon@gmail.com to Wm. C. Snouffer).

    10. [S879] IA Marriages, 1838-1934 |, Iowa County Court Clerks, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, (Online database, "Historical Record Collections," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list ).