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 August ADOLF-235
August ADOLF-235
B.  Mar 1862
Briene, Bessarabia, South Russia
D. 25 April 1948 
Yakima, Washington

Left Russia in 1888 with two children, Daniel and Katherine (Katie). They settled briefly in Scotland, South Dakota.  Arriving in Burlington in March 1890 they settled north of Bethune.
Their first home were dug-outs, carved into hillsides with planks, covered with sod, serving as the roof.  Later, adobe houses were built which were much better than the sod houses most of the other early settlers had.
In 1892, August Adolf was able to arrange for his father and mother and three children to come to the United States.  Christian (father) and his family settled near Denver when they first arrived; he and Andrew (son) worked in the smelters.  Later, they came to the settlement and worked as a blacksmith.
August worked as a shoemaker.


 1. Daniel ADOLF-428 1885
 2. Katherine ADOLF Wahl-429  1887
 3. August (A.W.) ADOLF-237  1890
 4. Gustaf ADOLF-446  1892
 5. Christian (Chris) ADOLF-447 1895
 6. Luella ADOLF-448 1898
 7. Anna ADOLF-449 1900
 8. Daniel Jacob ADOLF-450 1904

* a set of twins were born and died between Chris & Luella

Burial Place:
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Bethune, Colorado

Archive File:
1910 Census
1900 Census
Photograph Family - early
Photograph - Family
Story -- KCC History Book
We Helped Start the Settlement
More Info

List in Kit Carson County
Old Age Pension Records 1933-1936
Cattle Brand
Land Patent Grant

August came to the Yakima Valley after his wife, Katherina died on March 12, 1930. He lived to the age of 86 and died April 25, 1949 at Yakima, Washington. [Source]


Time Line:

1862  Born
1884  Married
1888  Immigrated to America
1990  Arrived in Colorado
Pedigree Chart
Heinrich ADOLF-250
B. near Berlin, Germany
Christian ADOLF-85
B. 15 Nov 1839
Brienne, Bessarabia, South Russia
D. 3 Aug 1925
Bethune, Colorado
Carlotta ROSSMAN-251
B. near Berlin, Germany
August ADOLF-235
B. Mar 1862
Briene, Bessarabia, South Russia
D. 1948
Yakima, Washington
Fredericka STEGG-86
B. 19 Feb 1842
Brienne, Bessaeabia, Russia
D. 1924
Bethune, Colorado
Married: 9 Nov 1884
Katherine RICHTER-236
B. 1864
D. 1930


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August Adolf --  1948

August Adolf, son of Christian and Frederika Adolf, was born at Briene, Bessarabia, South Russia, march 22, 1868, and was baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran church. He later received his instruction and was confirmed in the word of God in 1877. He grew to manhood in Russia, learning the trade of shoemaker.

On Nov. 9 1884, he was married to Kathrine Richter, and in May, 1888, he and his wife and two children came to America. First they settled at Scotland, S. D., where he worked in a shoe store. In March, 1890, he and his family, along with others, came to Burlington and started what is called the German Settlement. They organized the German Lutheran church with Rev. Daniel Mayer as the first pastor. In 1893 he helped build the first rock church, 24x40 feet, and when the congregation outgrew the church, he helped build the second structure, 32x60, in 1926. He also served on the church board.

In 1930 his dear wife died and he lived with his son, August, and family for about 15 years, living for the last three years with his children in Washington.

Mr. Adolf was in good health until two weeks before his death. He underwent an operation, and was making a satisfactory recovery, until complications developed and he died April 25, at the hospital in Yakima, Wash. His body was shipped to Burlington and funeral services were held at the Immanuel’s Lutheran church Sunday afternoon, May 2, with the Rev. L. C. Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Immanuel’s cemetery beside his wife.

He leaves to mourn his death his sons A. W. Adolf, Bethune, [this is all of the clipping that is available.]

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