August (Gustav) Rosenau

parents: unknown


Birth:  07 Aug 1861  Germany
Death:  21 Sep 1953  Bottineau, Bottineau, ND
Burial:  Zion Lutheran Cemetery (aka Kramer Cemetery), Kramer, Bottineau, ND

Marriage #1

Antonia ____

c. 1880


Erna Rosenau Jan 1895

Marriage #2

Eleonore Brokopp



Wanda Bertha Rosenau 06 Jul 1905

1900 Federal census Mc Henry Co, ND - age 38
1910 Federal census Mc Henry Co, ND - age 49
1920 Federal census Mc Henry Co, ND - age 58
1930 Federal census Mouse River, McHenry, ND - age 68
Bottineau Co, ND Courthouse, Bottineau Guardianship papers; County Auditor papers; death records
Kramer Cemetery, Kramer, ND Viewed and photographed tombstone
Family records Records kept by Norrine (Biberdorf) Sletto 
Family research Research belonging to Valerie (Biberdorf) Boman

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Miscellaneous Information
1) Gustav emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1894, and was naturalized in PA.  According to the 1910 census, he could speak English.

2) I have a copy of the Homestead Certificate Gustav Rosenau received from the government.  It is dated 08 April, 1904.  It is for 160 acres of land with the description of: SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 of S 1/2 of SE 1/4 and NW 1/4 of SE of section 33, township 159, range 76 west. I have a copy of the Willow Creek Township plat map in Bottineau County, ND.  It shows where Gustav's land was located.

3) On 09 May 1908, Gustav was appointed guardian of three of Eleonore's children (Bernhard, Erick and Herman) from her first marriage to Edward Biberdorf.  

4) I have copies of five documents and letters that refer to the crops Gustav raised on the land that was willed to his step-children (Bernhard, Erick and Herman) by their father, Edward Biberdorf.  Gustav was guardian for those children, and the money from the crops that were raised on that land had to be documented and given to the children. The letters are dated from December 1908 to October 1914.

5) I have a copy of Gustav's obituary; cause of death: apoplexy.  Informant at time of death was Paul Kretschmar (Gustav's son-in-law).  Funeral director: C V Hopper, Bottineau, ND.


Photos and/or signatures

The Rosenau/Biberdorf family at Eleonore and Gustav Rosenau's home.
The two cakes are probably to celebrate the 68th birthdays of both 
Eleanor (09 June) and Gustav (07 August)  

back row: Herman Bieberdorf, Bernhard Biberdorf (holding his son, Donald), (?), (?), Erick Biberdorf
middle row: Elsie (Liebelt) Biberdorf, (?), Eleonore (Brokop) Rosenau, Gustav Rosenau, 
Edna (Foth) Biberdorf, Wanda (Rosenau) Kretschmar
front row (children): Oren, Mary, Lois and Bud Biberdorf (on left) Dollie Biberdorf (on right) 
In the back by the car: unknown

date stamped on back:  "processed 06 Sep 1929"

photo taken from a picture owned by Norrine (Biberdorf) Sletto

The Rosenau house as it was in the 1940s

A journey back:
The Rosenau house as it was in 1991

photo taken from a picture owned by 
Norrine (Biberdorf) Sletto

photo taken by Valerie (Biberdorf) Boman

August (Gustav) Rosenau

Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Kramer, Bottineau, ND

photo taken by Valerie (Biberdorf) Boman







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Valerie Ann (Biberdorf) Boman - 2004-2010