Saturday, September 1, 2012

August Ruemmele

August Ruemmele was born on December 6, 1818 in Zell, Baden. He emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1849. In 1851, August Ruemmele and Herman Ruess founded the first German language newspaper entitled the Intelligenz-Blatt. (An excellent article about German speaking newspapers in Sandusky is found at the Sandusky History website.) On September 1, 1857, August Ruemmele lost his life in a railroad accident. Several cars of the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad separated from the track near the Castalia Mills. Henry Ross and David Cassett, both railroad employees also lost their lives. An account of the train accident appears in the September 2, 1857 Sandusky Daily Commercial Register, on microfilm at the Archives Research Center of the Sandusky Library, and the library of the Hayes Presidential Center.

The newspaper article reported that August Ruemmele left behind a young wife and child, as well as nine siblings. When the train arrived in Sandusky, carrying the bodies of the deceased, many of the friends of August Ruemmele met the train. He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

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