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August Henry (Gus) DEITERS

August Henry (Gus) DEITERS

Male 1866 - 1969  (103 years)

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  • Name August Henry (Gus) DEITERS 
    Born 26 Mar 1866  Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Minnesota Death Certificate 1969-MN-030062 
    Social Security Number 468-52-4249 issued in Minnesota in 1962. 
    Died 11 Nov 1969  Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Zip Code 55440
    Buried Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His middle name was probably either Heinrich or Henry.

      Birthdate incorrectly shown as March 26, 1863, on his death certificate. The 1866 date would seem to be correct because he is shown as age 9 in the 1875 Minnesota state census as age 14 in the 1880 U.S. census.

      August “Deeters”, age 14, is shown in the 1880 census as living in Rosemount, Minnesota, with his parents and siblings.

      In the 1883-1884 city directory for St. Paul, August H Deiters is a machinist and lives at the home of his father, Henry Deiters, teamster, at “n s Delos 3 e of Clinton ave.”

      In the 1885 state census, the 18 year-old Aug. Deiters lives in St. Paul, apparently in a rooming house.

      In the 1885-1886 city directory, August Deiters is an engineer for Robinson & Cary and boards at 148 Delos.

      In the 1886-1887 and 1887-1888 city directories, August H Deiters is an engineer, no employer shown, and still boards at 148 Delos, the same address as for his father and his brother William.

      An August H. Deiters, engineer, was living at the Hotel Barteau in St. Paul according to that city’s 1890-91 and 1891-1892 city directories.

      The 1895 Wisconsin state census records an August Deiters, the head of a household of two (1 male, 1 female) living in Platteville. This _may_ be Gus because Platteville is the site of an engineering school. However, that school, the Wisconsin Institute of Technology, was founded in 1907, mainly as a mining engineering school. If Gus was there in the 1890s, he would have been studying at a predecessor institution.

      In the 1895 Superior, Wisconsin, city directory, August E Dieters, an engineer for Russell & Miller M Co., resides at 1116 N 4th.

      In the 1896 Superior, Wisconsin, city directory, an August Deiters, engineer, resides at 1116 N. 4th.

      In the 1897 Superior city directory, August H Deiters still resides at 1116 N 4th and is an engineer for Russell & Miller M Co.

      In the next Superior city directory, but still nominally 1897, the entry for August H Deiters is “moved to Bismarck, N.D.”

      The 1900 Fargo and Moorhead city directory shows August H Deiters, chief eng Fargo Edison Co., residing at 108 8th St. N.

      The 1901 Fargo and Moorhead city directory shows him as eng Fargo Edison Co, residing at 23 8th St. S.

      At the time of the 1900 census (June 9th), Gus and Id were living in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. Gus is shown as A.H. Deiters, 30 (born May of 1870). His wife Ida is 25 (born April of 1875). They had been married for 8 years. Ida had never had a child. Gus and his parents had been born in Minnesota; Ida and her parents in Sweden. Ida had been in the United States for 8 years. Gus’s occupation is shown as “engineer station.” They rented their house. They had four people rooming with them, one of whom was “manager electric light.”

      In the 1910 census (April 29th), the Deiterses were living on Third Avenue West in Dickinson, Stark County, North Dakota. August H., 43, and Ida M., 39, had been married for 21 years. Ida had never had a child. Although Gus was born in Minnesota, his father was born in Germany and his mother in Missouri. Gus was an electrician and he owned the house in which they lived. There is no emigration information shown for Ida.

      In the 1920 census, August H. and Ida M. Deiters (indexed in Ancestry as “Dulus”) were living at #30 6th Ave. W. in Dickinson, N.D. in a house that they owned free of mortgage. August was 52, Ida 46. August’s occupation is manager, electric plant. Ida is shown as having come to this country in 1870 and being naturalized in 1876. {Obviously incorrect on its face.} Living next door to Gus and Ida, at #20, were Gus’s widowed mother, Louise, and sister, Martha. Louise is 78, born in Germany, and Martha is 39, born in Minnesota, and occupied as a bookkeeper. Louise came to this country in 1846 and was naturalized in 1851.

      Gus had an illegitimate son by a woman named Ann in 1924. He sent her $10,000 and built her a house in California.

      In the 1925 North Dakota state census, he is A H Deiters, 63, living in Dickinson, Stark County, with 84 year-old Louise Deiters, 40 year-old Martha Deiters, and 50 year-old Ida M. Deiters.

      Gus and Ide started an electric company in Dickinson, North Dakota. Gus had $35 to start the business. He sold the business for $3 million before the depression. Cora says he gave $50,000 to each of his siblings (3 brothers, 3 sisters). Later, Gus was on the board of the Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis. From Robert P. Wilkins’ small biography of Edmond A. Hughes (UND Press, 1961), we can learn a little bit about Gus’s businesses in North Dakota, at least as they affected Hughes. Their company, Hughes & Deiters, was essentially the electric utility serving Dickinson and the surrounding area.

      “… Ed went to Dickinson in May, 1900, to build a new [electric utility] installation which became the Hughes and Deiters Company.”

      “Ed Allen, who owned the first telephone network at Dickinson, was eager to sell out for $20,000 because he had trouble with people cutting his lines. By December, 1905, the Hughes and Deiters Company was running the Dickinson exchange, which employed five women.”

      “… with the trend toward consolidation in the public utility field, the Mandan Electric Company and the Hughes and Deiters Company of Dickinson were merged with the Hughes Electric Company in 1925.”

      From this, it would seem that the sale of his business that netted him $3 million was probably that 1925 merger.

      In the 1935 Minneapolis city directory, Gus and Ida were living at 5244 Lake Nokomis Parkway. According to Hennepin County tax records, the house on Lake Nokomis Parkway was built in 1933.

      Gus’s obituary (November 13th Tribune; same as in St. Paul paper) listed his address as 5244 West Lake Nokomis Parkway. His age was listed as 106 and he was survived by his sister Emma (Mrs. Dennis Hurley) of St. Paul. The funeral was through O’Halloran & Murphy, 575 S. Snelling in St. Paul.
    Person ID I156  Don Carlson's Tree
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2018 

    Father Henry F DIETERS,   b. May 1835, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1912, Ramsey County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Mother Louisa REESE,   b. Jun 1840, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1934, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 93 years) 
    Family ID F1528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ida Mathilda CARLSON,   b. 24 Sep 1873, Berghem, Kånna, Kronobergs län, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1964, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1892  Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • as August Deiters and Ida Carlson
    Ida and Gus in California, 1919
    Ida and Gus in California, 1919
    Id on the left, Gus in the back. This is a postcard. In, apparently, Id's handwriting in pencil on the back is the following (her spelling): March 17, 1919. Der Sister and Brother. We have moved to Long Beach. We where in swimming yesterday and today. We all went down wading and got our pants wet. We where Rope Rider Last night and I don't know with we will be tonight. We are going to take Pichers in swimming in the oshen tomorrow. We will send you some pickers in our swimming shirtz... {illegible}... and tell you all when we get home. We intent to start for home last of next week. It will take us about 10 days after we leave here. Love to all Id.

    We don't know who the other woman and the young girl are.
    Last Modified 25 May 2010 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Gus Deiters
    Gus Deiters
    This is probably from the early 1930s.
    Gus Deiters
    Gus Deiters