August C. Karl Hollatz was born in a small German village called Hasenfier and was probably baptized as a baby at the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church there. His family also lived in Plietnitz and GrossBorn. All three villages were within a few miles of each other and were in the same Pomeranian district known as Neustettin (This area today is in northern Poland.
Hasenfier is now Cilosaniec and Neustettin is Szczecilnek.)
When August was 14 (1875 or 1876), he was confirmed at the Evangelical Church in Plietnitz as his family was living either GrossBorn or Plietnitz at this time.
Shortly before August;s 20th birthday (during late 1881 or early 1882), he emigrated to the United States along with his sister and brother-in-law Friendrich and Hannah Reinhardt. They settled at Joliet, Illinois (Will County).
On April 12, 1884 the rest of August's family arrived in the United States and came to Joliet, probably by the 14th. On the next day, April 15, 1884, August and Augusta Strauss were married at Joliet by Rev. August Schuessler, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. They were both 22 years old.
Augusta Strauss and August Hollatz probably knew each other while growing up in Pamerania. Augusta was born in GrossBorn, a village where August once lived. They were the same age and perhaps they were even in the same confirmation class. Augusta also emigrated to the United States in 1881 or 1882 and settled at Joliet.
The 1889-90 Joliet city directory listed August's address as 1311 N. Center Court in Joliet, Illinois on October 17, 1888.
August became a naturalized citizen of the United States at the Circuit Court in Joliet, Illinois on October 17, 1888.
Four children were born while the Hollatzes lived in Joliet - Wilhelm, Carl, Heinrich and Edward. Willhelm Hollatz died at Joliet, either as a baby or as a young child. No date is available.
In 1892 August and Augusta and the three children (ages 2, 4 and 6) moved to a farm north of Garner, Iowa (Hancock County, Concord Township). On July 6 of the same year twin boys were born and named Otto and Oskar About 3 1/2 months later, on October 23, 1892, Oskar died. The Hollatzes seventh child and only daughter was born about two years later. Her name was Elsa but was called "Elsie".
The Hollatzes were members of St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Garner. Each of their children were confirmed there at the age of 13 or 14.
After 29 years of farming, August and Augusta retired in 1921 and moved to a home in Ventura, Iowa. They lived here for 20 years. August enjoyed fishing and also helped on his childern's farms after he retired. On May 21, 1941 Augusta died at home after being in poor health her last years. She was 80 years old. After funeral services at St. John's Lutheran Church, she was buried at St John's Cemetery, rural Garner.
August lived for seven years afters his wife's death. When his health began to fail in 1948 he moved to Mason City and livd with his daughter Elsie Park until he died on December 13, 1948. He was 87 years old. Funeral services were held at St. John's and he was also buried at St. John's Cemetery.
A newspaper obituary described August Hollatz as "active in civic and community affairs and a highly respected citizen of the cokmmunity."
Wilhelm Karl Friedrich Hollatz 1885-1885
Carl "Charlie" Frederick Hollatz 1886-1946
Heinrick Gustasv 1888 1970
Edward Albert Hollatz 1890-
Otto Walter Hollatz (Twin of Oskar) 1892-1931
Oskar (Oscar) Georg Hollatz (Twin of Otto) 1892-1892
Elsa "Elsie" Marie Mathilda Hollatz 1894-
Augusta Wilhelmine Strauss Hollatz (1861 - 1941)*
Carl Frederick Hollatz (1886 - 1948)*
Heinrick Gustav Hollatz (1888 - 1970)*
Oskar George Hollatz (1892 - 1892)*
Otto Walter Hollatz (1892 - 1931)*
Saint Johns Cemetery
Created by: Richard Bohn
Record added: Apr 16, 2011
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