August Bartholomaus, (who went by the name of "Gus") was born Feb. 16, 1878 in Oldenburg, Germany and died in Union Hospital, Dover, Ohio on July 5, 1967. He worked onboard a ship that traveled back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the United States. He first settled in Washington D.C. and worked as a bartender prior to bringing his wife and child to the United States. While working as a bartender in Washington D.C., he met some famous people; one of notoriety was President Teddy Roosevelt. In the early 1920s, August Bartholomaus opened the Franklin Inn north of Strasburg, Ohio along the Northern Ohio Traction and Light Company interurban trolley line. This establishment catered to many people traveling on the trolley, and held and parties and dances with popular stringed orchestras. The Franklin Inn closed down in the latter stage of Great Depression, and burned down after it was closed. Gus published a book on the "finer parts" of bartending and finished his career as a bartender at the Reeves Hotel in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He and his wife lived in Schoenbrunn, Ohio prior to his death in 1967.