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August C. Rahn
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Birth: Aug., 1874
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1952
Marion County
Oregon, USA

August's cremated remains were never taken after his death and are still available at the Oregon State Hospital to anyone who is related. More information is available at

A book by David Maisel and a documentary by Ondi Timoner & Robert James, both entitled "Library of Dust" also provide more information.

August was born in August and named for his father, August. Young August was born on 8/2/1874 in Minnesota to Ernestine "Minnie" and August Carl Rahn, Prussian immigrants who came to the US in 1873. They were from an area that is currently Germany.

August's siblings included: Herman (born in Germany in 1872), Frank (born in 1876), Emma (in 1878), Lizzie (in 1882) and Otto (in 1888). Except for Herman, all the children were born in Minnesota.

At the time of the 1880 census, August was 6 years old and living with his parents and 3 siblings in Vivian, Waseca County, Minnesota where his father was a farmer.

Sometime between 1888 and 1900 the Rahn family moved to Oregon's Willamette Valley. August's mother died in April 1900 in Oregon.

At the time of the June 1900 census the family was living in Shelburn (today a ghost town) in Linn County, Oregon. August's father was a farmer; Herman, August and Frank were day laborers. Lizzie was a housekeeper and Otto was attending school.

During the 1910 census August lived with his father, his 2 brothers and Otto's first wife Rose in Kingston, Linn County, Oregon where everyone worked on the home farm. August's father died of Bright's disease (a kidney disease) in 1913.

In the census of 1920, August and his brother Herman were listed in Shelburn again. August was farming and Herman was not working. Herman was unable to read or write.

Prior to entering the state hospital August lived at the Fisler Nursing Home in Albany, Linn County, Oregon.

On 12/31/1951 August was admitted to the Oregon State Hospital, a residential facility in Salem, Oregon for the treatment of people with mental illness. He was diagnosed with "senility." He died there about a month later of "general arteriosclerosis."

His brother Frank died in 1947 and is buried in Salem, Oregon. His brother Otto died in Lane County, Oregon in 1964 (FAG memorial # 116041176). His sister Emma (Rahn) Miller died in 1966 (FAG # 26641587) and Lizzie died in 1975 (FAG # 83307775). Herman died between 1920 and 1964.
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  August C Rahn (1848 - 1913)
  Ernestine A Rahn (1844 - 1900)
Oregon State Hospital
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
Originally Created by: jessicado
Record added: Feb 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66064955
August C. Rahn
Added by: Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
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Rest in peace.
- Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
 Added: Mar. 2, 2014

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