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

The Missing Fromke Brothers | Friedrich Wilhelm, Carl August & Emil Gustav

In my pursuit of learning more about the family history, I discovered the names of three siblings — three brothers — of my great grandfather, a farmer born in Prussia who settled in South Dakota named Albert Fromke, which for some reason had been lost and not been passed down. Just discovered more siblings of my … Continue reading The Missing Fromke Brothers | Friedrich Wilhelm, Carl August & Emil Gustav

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.