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Eleonore Henriette Auguste "Augusta" POMNITZ

Eleonore Henriette Auguste "Augusta" POMNITZ

Female 1849 - 1925  (76 years)

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  • Name Eleonore Henriette Auguste "Augusta" POMNITZ 
    Born 2 Jun 1849  Donndorf, Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Dec 1925  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 10 Dec 1925  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Name: Eleonore Henriette Auguste Pomnitz
      Event Type: Taufe (Baptism)
      Birth Date: 2 Jun 1849
      Baptism Date: 12 Jun 1849
      Baptism Place: Donndorf, Sachsen, Deutschland
      Father: Karl Christoph Pomnitz
      Mother: Johanne Friederike Pomnitz
      Legitimacy: Ehelich
      Parish as it Appears: Donndorf
      City or District: Donndorf

      "I can't remember whether they both came over together or not. They had the three girls, Kate, Bertha, and Ida, who were born in Germany. Helen and Herman were born in America. They came from Saxony. When they came over, they lived in a little tiny house north of the penitentary. It was a one room shack and they built an addition on it. But then there was a bad storm and it tore off the addition and half of the house. After that they didn't rebuild it. Then they bought the farm. They gardened for years. She used to tell how many pigs they sold, etc. In Germany, she used to tell that she walked to town 10 kilometers and back with produce. When they were on the farm they used to make butter and sell eggs in town. They had truck gardens. There was little house there and they added onto it. When Herman got married, Grandma and Grandpa moved into town to the five acres they had there which is where Lincoln High School is now. They did quite a lot of truck farming there but then they quit after they had gotten the farm paid for and they also were getting older. Then they sold that and moved into town. They moved into a little house on Center Avenue back of Old Saints School. That's where they were living when Grandma Leubecher passed away. Grandpa Leubecher had died three or four years before that. When my mother was killed when I was four I lived with Grandma Leubecher out on the farm. Helen worked in the bank downtown Sioux Falls. Cliff and I both stayed with Grandma after Mother was killed but the two of us got to be too much for Grandma to handle so Dad took Cliff. He was working at Humboldt, staying with his sister there and he took him for the last year. Elsie went with my father's Mother.

      "Was Grandma Leubecher a strong woman? Did she run the show? Yes, she was. Grandpa was very mean to Grandma and used to beat her up until the kids were big enough to step in. She was the strong person in the family."

      Passenger List Information:
      Arrival Date: 9 Jun 1883
      Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England
      Destination: United States of America
      Place of Origin: Germany
      Ship Name: Elbe
      Port of Arrival: New York
      Aug. Leubscher [sic], 33, female, wife
      Ida, 11, female, child
      Bertha, 8, female, child
      Anna, 6, female, child
      Charlotte Pomnitz, 26, female, none [one list records last name as: Pomnit]

      From The Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 22 Jan 1894, Mon.
      "Local Divorce Case
      Mrs. Augusta Leubecher has begun an action for divorce from George Leubecher, a German gardiner who formerly lived in Sioux Falls, but who now lives four miles south of town. The Leubechers have often peddled vegetables through the city and are tolerably well known. They were married in 1872 in Germany, and have five children, of whom the oldest is 22 and the youngest 5 years. The plaintiff claims that the defendant has scolded and beat her, and to cap the climax has accused her, in the presence of her children, with undue intimacy with other men. Mrs. Leubecher is now living with her son-in-law in Sioux Falls. Judge Jones, on motion of Joe Kirby, attorney for the plaintiff, this morning granted temporary alimony in the sum of $20 per month and $100 attorney fees. It was said at the hearing that a reconciliation was probable."

      1905 South Dakota Census: Augusta H. Lubecher, age 56, Lincoln Cty, Springdale Twp, farmer’s wife, years in SD: 21; years in US: 22; father and mother born in Germany.


      News Article: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 31 Aug 1918, Sat.
      "Mrs. George Leubecker who has been for several days the guest of her daughter and family Mrs. W J. Buswell at Toppernishm Wis. [sic], has returned to Sioux Falls."

      From the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 25 Aug 1920 Wed.
      "74-Year-Old Woman Injured in Accident
      Mrs. George Leubecker 74 years old, who lives east of the city near Woodlawn cemetery, is suffering from severe bruises received yesterday morning in an accident when she was thrown from her buggy.
      Mr. and Mrs. Leubecker had been to market and as they started to drive home an automobile struck the rear of their buggy, the accident occuring on Phillips avenue between Thirteenth and Fourteenth street.
      As the car struck the buggy the horse became frightened and ran away, throwing Mrs. Leubecker to the ground. The motorist picked her up, put her in his car and took her to her home."

      From the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 02 May 1921, Mon.
      "Personal Damages Sought
      George and Augusta Leubecker have started separate actions against Benjamin Fantle, the former for $1,000 damages and the latter for $3,500 for damages to themselves and a team of horses and buggy which they claim resulted when an automobile the defendant was driving collided with the team and buggy."

      1924 Sioux Falls, South Dakota City Directory:
      Lubeker Augusta, (wid Geo), r 1005 Center av.

      Newspaper article: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 17 Aug 1925, Mon
      "Mrs. W. J. Buswell has returned to her home in Pepenmish [sic], Wash., after visiting Mrs. Charles Wakey. Accompanying her was her mother, Mrs. Augusta Lubacher [sic], who will spend the next six months in the west."

      On Herman Leubecher’s death record, last name is listed as “Romnitz”.

      Death Certificate:
      Place of Death: Minnehaha County
      City: Sioux Falls
      1005 Center Ave.
      Full Name: Augusta Luebecher
      Residence: 1005 Center Ave.
      Length of Residence in city or town where death occured: 40 years.
      Sex: Female
      Widow
      Husband: George Luebecher
      Date of Birth: June 2, 1845
      Age: 80 years, 6 days, 6 months
      Occupation of Deceased: Retired
      Birthplace: Germany
      Name of father and mother: Unknown
      Birthplace of Father and Mother: Germany
      Informant: Mrs. Charles Wakey, Sioux Falls, SD
      Date of Dath: Dec. 8, 1925
      “I Hereby certify that I attended deceased from Nov. 18, 1925, to Dec. 8, 1925 that I last saw her alive on Dec. 8, 1925 and that death occured on the date stated above. The cause of death was as follows: dilated heart, duration 2 years.
      No operation preceded death. No autopsy was performed. Symptoms confirmed diagnosis of death.
      (Signed): A. J. Moe, M.D., 12/11/1925, Sioux Falls, SD
      Place of Burial: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD
      Dec. 10, 1925
      Undertaker: Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD

      Obituary Announcement: The Daily Argus-Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D., Tuesday, December 8, 1925:
      “MRS. LEUBECHER DIES AT AGE 76; Aged Pioneer Woman Emigrated with Husband from Germany--Here Since ‘83.
      “Mrs. Augusta Leubecher, 76 years old and a resident here since 1883, passed away at 1:15 a.m. today after an illness of five months from a complication of ailments. Her home was at 1005 Center Ave.
      Mrs. Leubecher was born in Prussia, Germany, June 2, 1849. In 1871 she was united in marriage to George Leubecher, and in 1882 they emigrated to America with three children. They lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., for eight months and then came to Sioux Falls. Her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Ida Miller, preceded her in death.
      The Leubechers first lived on North Phillips avenue. Later they moved on a farm eight miles southeast of the city, and afer 25 years retired and returned to the city.
      Mrs. Leubecher is survived by one son, H. G. Leubecher, who resides on the home farm; three daughters, Mr. W. J. Buswell, Toppenish, Wash., Mrs. John Hommes, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mrs. Charles Wakey, city; and six grandchildren. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran church.
      Funeral arrangements were not completed today. The remains were at the Miller Funeral Home.”


      Obituary/Funeral Announcement The Daily Argus-Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday, December 9, 1925:
      “LEUBECHER FUNERAL THURSDAY AFTERNOON”
      “Funeral services for Mrs. Augusta Leubecher, pioneer who died yesterday at the age of 76, will be held at 2:30 Thursday at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fourteenth and Minnesota. The Rev. G. A. Troemel will officiate. Burial will be in the family lot in Mt. Pleasant cemetery. Pallbearers will be Henry Luhra, A. W. Semmons, Charles Eckert, Will Brooks, J. H. Ruvald, and E. W. Hobson. The funeral will be directed by I. D. Miller.” [1]
    Person ID I248  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2020 

    Father Karl Christoph POMNITZ,   b. Donndorf, Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Johanna Friederike HÜTTICH 
    Family ID F835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George LEUBECHER,   b. 23 Nov 1836, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1921, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1871  Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Ida LEUBECHER,   b. 9 Mar 1872, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1909, Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    +2. Amalia Bertha "Molly" LEUBECHER,   b. 27 Oct 1874, Wendershausen, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1940, Seymour, Baylor, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. Anna Katharina LEUBECHER,   b. 9 Dec 1876, Wendershausen, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1959, Toppenish, Yakima, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +4. Herman George LEUBECHER,   b. 23 Jul 1884, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1972, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +5. Augusta Helen LEUBECHER,   b. 16 Jun 1889, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1981, Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Photos
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Sitting outside their homestead in southeastern South Dakota.
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz.  Children.
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz. Children.
    Taken sometime in 1882 or 1883 in Germany, before Augusta and her three daughters arrived in the U.S. on 9 Jun 1883. L. to R.: Bertha, Augusta, Kate, and Ida.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Back row, L. to R.: Herman Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher, George Leubecher, John Hommes, Front row, L. to R.: Kate Leubecher, Bertha Leubecher Hommes.
    Leubecher sisters.
    Leubecher sisters.
    L. to R.: Bertha, Helen, and Kate.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    L. to R.: George Leubecher, Carl A. Bergmann (son of George Leubecher from first marriage who was adopted by another family), Bertha (?), Kate (?), Herman.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Headstones
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Histories At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1871 - Free State of Saxony, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Dec 1925 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Dec 1925 - Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Leubecher, Augusta.
    Leubecher, Augusta.
    Leubecher, Augusta and grandchildren, Hazel Miller Lowell and Cliff Miller.
    Leubecher, Augusta and grandchildren, Hazel Miller Lowell and Cliff Miller.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Front seat, L. to R.: Helen Leubecher Thompson, Max Miller. Back seat, L. to R.: Cliff Miller, Hazel Miller Lowell, and Augusta Leubecher. Taken sometime between 1910 and 1913.

    Documents
    Death. Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz.  Death Certificate.
    Death. Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz. Death Certificate.
    Died 8 December 1905.
    Land Records.  Miller, Max.  Purchases Miller homestead farm from mother and siblings, after the death of his father.  1911.
    Land Records. Miller, Max. Purchases Miller homestead farm from mother and siblings, after the death of his father. 1911.
    Adolph Miller died in 1901. After his death, his wife, Augusta, and his children Paul, Hulda, Rudolph, Viola, and Max, jointly owned Adolph Miller's homestead farm. In 1911, Max bought out the interests of his mother and siblings and became sole owner of the Miller homestead farm.

    Headstones
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz

    Histories
    Diaries.  Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz.  'Diary.'
    Diaries. Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz. "Diary."
    Written from 1880 to 1925, while living on a farm outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Interview while driving to and from a family reunion at Flathead Lake, Montana.