Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 740-741 transcribed by Mitchell Hemphill, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on January 19 2001.


August Isenburg

AUGUST ISENBURG. - As proprietor of the Wyandotte Seed Company, successor of the Wyandotte Seed House, August Isenburg is carrying on a large and profitable business as a dealer in garden, field and flower seeds and farm machinery, being advantageously located at Nos. 433 and 435 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. A native of Germany, he was born March 17, 1852, in one of the Rhenish provinces, and was there bred and educated. He was drafted into the German Army when young, according to the custom of the country. In 1872 he immigrated to the United States, landing at New York city. From there he proceeded directly to Saint Louis, Missouri, and afterward visited various places while looking for a permanent location, gaining both knowledge and experience in his travels. He lived a few years in Hannibal, Missouri, from there coming, in 1884, to Kansas City, Kansas, and for two years thereafter being in the employ of the Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad Company. Mr. Isenburg then became associated with the Glesner & Barzen Distillery & Importing Company, located at No. 519 Delaware street, Kansas City, Missouri, and was employed by this company until 1903, when they incorporated, Mr. Isenburg becoming assistant secretary and treasurer.

In 1906, on account of ill health, Mr. Isenburg moved on to his farm, where he has since resided. On January 15, 1909, at a bankruptcy sale, he bought the stock and business of the Wyandotte Seed House, and has since carried on a substantial business under the name of the Wyandotte Seed Company. In addition to handling field, garden and flower seeds of all kinds, and in any quantity, he deals in farm machinery of all descriptions, and in poultry and chicken supplies, keeping an abundant supply of everything needed in any of these lines in stock.

On September 4, 1879, in Hannibal, Missouri, Mr. Isenburg was united in marriage with Emma Hubbard, a daughter of Nathaniel and Serinda Hubbard. Three children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Isenburg, namely: Otto, born May 14, 1885; Charles Augustus, born March 28, 1891; and Anna Gertrude, born April 13, 1893, The boys, who are now associated in business with their father, received their preliminary training in the public and high schools of Kansas City, Kansas, Otto afterward attending the Kansas City, Missouri, Commercial College, while Charles A. completed his studies at the Kansas City University. Although not now affiliated with any fraternal organization, Mr. Isenburg formerly belonged to the Knights of Pythias; to the Knights of the Maccabees, having assisted in forming the first lodge of Kansas City; to the Independent Order of Foresters; and to two German Societies.



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