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Gustav Carl "Gus" Steinmann
Birth: Jan. 25, 1896
Death: May 13, 1977

Date of Burial: May 17, 1977. Source: North Fremont County Cemetery Maintenance District Records submitted by Elinda K. Mitchell.

Gust Steinmann was born in Polier, Germany, on the January 25 1896. When he was 15 years of age, he moved with his parents to Emerson, Nebraska, then, two years later, in 1913, he came to Ashton and worked on the Georg Harrigfeld farm near Ashton for 4 years. In 1918, he began farming for himself on the place where his son, Herb, now lives. He married Martha May 14, 1922. She had come to Ashton from Germany to visit her sister, Mrs. Homer Goebel, when she met the young farmer, and her visit, stretched into 55 years. In fact, Gus and Martha returned to Germany for his first visit in 1970. Gus said he appreciated the American way of life even more after his visit to Germany. "I sure wouldn't trade places with anyone in Germany," he said in a newspaper interview in 1971, when he was selected as the featured father in observance of Father's Day. "We have a much freer country, and ours in much less crowded." A fisherman himself, Gus said he especially observed that a limited few, those with a lot of money, could hunt and fish in Germany. "Here, all we need is a license," he said. Gus retired from actual farming in 1960, but was vitally interested in making the land about him a better place to live, as is witnessed in his immaculate, well-landscaped yard and his productive farm that he leased to his son and Lee Cordingley. He kept up with modern farming practices, and he was never happier than when he could make his farm a little more productive with leveling, fertilizing, and irrigation. Since his retirement, he kept busy with "back yard farming" mowing his expansive lawn, pruning evergreens, raising flowers and cultivating apple trees. He also did some carpentering, especially on the upkeep of his farm buildings. "I have seen a lot of changes during my years of farming," Gus said. "From the horse and buggy days right down to our highly mechanized age. But I wouldn't trade our way of life for any other." Gus served on the board of directors of the Farmers Own Ditch Co. for 25 years. In May, 1969, Gus was presented a ruby studded pin for 35 years of service as weather bureau observer for the Ashton area. The Ashton weather station was opened in 1 Feb 1897, the 31st station initiated in Idaho. The first weather observation were taken in the State at Ft. Boise, I Feb 1864. The first Ashton observer was Thomas Gooch, and succeeding observers were A. M. Slattery, Harriett Slattery, C.E. Brown and Homer Goebel. Gus began observing and recording weather on 11 Apr 1934, after purchasing his brother-in-law's (Homer Goebel) farm. The U.S. Weather Department awarded him the John Campanius Holm Award for 36 years of weather observer in 1970, for faithfully recording and reporting the official temperatures, rainfall and snow water content daily. All this was done without pay. John Campanius Holm, a Lutheran minister, is the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American colonies. In 1664 and 1645, the Rev. Holm made records of the climate without the use of instruments near Wilmington, Delaware. Gus was one of twenty-five volunteer weather observers selected nationwide to receive this annual award, which created in 1959 by Environmental Science Services Administration [ESSA] of the Department of Commerce. This recognition is awarded annually to honor volunteer observers for outstanding accomplish- ments in the field of meteorological observation. Gus was unable to attend the Ashton Chamber of Commerce meeting where the awarded was presented, so instead, it was presented to Herbert Steinmann, his son, who accepted for his father. Gus and Martha moved to their home directly south of Ashton in the spring of 1934. They have six children Carl, their oldest son, died of a sudden illness in 1935 when he was 12 1/4 years of age; Eleanor, who married George Glarborg; Mabel, who married Victor Marotz; Herbert, married Donna Reynolds; Caroline, who married Wayne Valentine and has lived in Elko, Nevada, Salmon, Idaho, Missoula, Montana, and now lives in Centerville, Utah; and Martha, who was married to James Kuck and is now married to Jim Van Zee. At the age of 81, Gus, a longtime resident in the Ashton area, died at his home on Friday, 13 May 1977, of causes incident to age. He was the son of Carl and Minnie Ludwig Steinmann and had attended school in Polier and Hannover, Germany, prior coming to America. While in Nebraska, he attended school and worked on a farm. Gust had two sisters Erna Holcomb and Elsie Barnes, who lived in California. Her first husband was Mr. Willard. After his death, she married George Barnes. His step-brothers were Rudolph Steinman, Herman Steinman, and William Steinman. His step-sisters include Helen Mackert [Mrs. William Mackert] and Emily "Millie" Wiser [Mrs. Gene Wiser], both lived in St. Anthony. At the time of their death, Martha and Gus had 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 
 
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 Parents:
  Carl Steinmann (1871 - 1935)
 
 Spouse:
  Martha Marie Steinmann (1899 - 1977)*
 
 Children:
  Carl Heinz Steinmann (1923 - 1935)*
  Eleanor Caroline Steinmann Glarborg (1926 - 2010)*
  Caroline Steinmann Valentine (1936 - 2003)*
 
 Siblings:
  Gustav Carl Steinmann (1896 - 1977)
  Erna Steinmann Holcomb (1901 - 1979)*
  Helene Steinmann Mackert (1905 - 1994)*
  Rudolf Theodore Steinman (1906 - 1949)*
  Herman Christian Steinman (1912 - 1988)*
  Emily Steinmann Wiser (1914 - 1961)*
  William Robert Steinmann (1919 - 1996)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pineview Cemetery
Ashton
Fremont County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Block D. Lot No. 11. Burial No. 2.
 
Maintained by: Ryan D. Curtis
Originally Created by: John Warnke
Record added: Jun 07, 2004
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