The tragic, untimely end of my great grandfather’s younger brother, August Fromke

Someone sent August’s obituary to me via email, as printed in the Grant County Review on October 28, 1909. August L Fromke, residing on the old Patt Rabbitt farm south of Twin Brooks, died suddenly at his home last night. He has been a great sufferer for six or seven years and was suddenly taken very … Continue reading The tragic, untimely end of my great grandfather’s younger brother, August Fromke

I’ve been wondering about the name August, the Germanic form of Augustus. It is prominent among my maternal grandfather’s family.

My great grandfather was Albert August Fromke. His younger brother was August L. Fromke. Albert’s wife was Augusta Wilhelmina Lentz. I am hoping to learn about why this was such a strong tradition in Germany. There is many a German prince with the name and a few princesses too. There’s Augustus the Strong, born in … Continue reading I’ve been wondering about the name August, the Germanic form of Augustus. It is prominent among my maternal grandfather’s family.

Fromke, Framke, Froemke, Frumpke

Logging into one of many Ancestry.com accounts to access free Civil War records, I noticed someone had sent me a message. It was regarding a family with my mother’s family name Fromke. They lived in Pottangow, Pomerania, while my ancestors lived to the south, about 50 kilometers away, in Borntuchen and Grobenzien.  (I can never remember my … Continue reading Fromke, Framke, Froemke, Frumpke