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 August Luer

August Luer

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 22 Sep 1942 (aged 86)
Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Plot Grandview Mausoleum
Memorial ID 11224 · View Source
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Prominent member of the Alton German community & founders of Alton Banking & Trust Company, Luer Brothers Packing & Ice Company & the Mineral Springs Hotel.

Was famously kidnapped in 1933 by gangsters Vivian Chase, Walter 'Irish' O'Malley, and Percy 'Dice Box' Fitzgerald. He was released after 123 hours when, realizing his poor health, his kidnappers thought he would die before any ransom could be collected.

Son of Carl Luer,and Maria Kobel Claussen. Step son of Henry Claussen.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 27 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11224
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for August Luer (6 Jan 1856–22 Sep 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11224, citing Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .