August A. Dittmer

1 Aug 1862 - 30 Mar 1938

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August A. Dittmer

1 Aug 1862 - 30 Mar 1938
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published in the Salt Lake Telegram, March 31 1938 August A. Dittmer, 75, retired cement contractor and LDS church worker, died Wednesday at 11:32 p.m. in a local hospital of a heart disease. He resided at 526 South Ninth East street. Born in Germany, August 1, 1862, he came to America in 1901 and h

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August A. Dittmer


Salt Lake City Cemetery

200-250 N St
Salt Lake City, Utah, Salt Lake County, Utah
United States


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June 15, 2013

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August A. Dittmer Obituary

Contributor: Unlockthepast Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

published in the Salt Lake Telegram, March 31 1938 August A. Dittmer, 75, retired cement contractor and LDS church worker, died Wednesday at 11:32 p.m. in a local hospital of a heart disease. He resided at 526 South Ninth East street. Born in Germany, August 1, 1862, he came to America in 1901 and had been a cement contractor in Salt Lake City until five years ago, when he retired. Long active in the LDS church, he was a member of the Twenty-fifth LDS ward bishopric for 12 years and served on missions to Germany in 1909-12 and 1935-37. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Sophie Dittmer, Salt Lake City; a daughter, Mrs. Anna Marie Larson, Ferron; a son, Alma Dittmer, Salt Lake City; four grandchildren; a brother, Andreas, and a sister, Caroline Dittmer, in Germany.

A Biography of August Dittmer

Contributor: Unlockthepast Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Written by his son, Alma (Excerpt from a booklet in Alma Arden Larson's possession) Father was a German Immigrant. He did not come to America to seek freedom, nor to better his economic situation. He came because he had been converted to the Mormon Church which taught that Zion should be built in America. He came to help build Zion and to be with others who believed as he did. He left a country that he loved, and enjoyed telling of her past... Father was born in 1862, the same year that Bismark became prime minister. He recalls the revelry that took place as the men returned from war, and pride that the German people displayed as the Reich embarked on a period of peace and prosperity never before experienced in this country. The Krupp family, whose undaunted persistence had developed cast steel had began exporting superior steel products as well as munitions to all parts of the world. Other industries fared as well. The label, "Made in Germany" became universally respected. Like all Germans, Father was proud of this kind of progress, but he was especially pleased with the cultural heritage of his native land... Although he was ever conscious of his heritage, he never regretted coming to America. He applied for citizenship very soon after his arrival, and strove loyally to be a good citizen; yet, his love of the German language was so deep that he persisted in speaking beautiful German, and in having the family speak German in the home. Father's Grandfather, August Wilhelm Dittmer (1795-1846) In 1826, thirty-one year old August Wilhelm Dittmer and his talented wife, Anna Marie Behrend assume the management of a small dairy in Ostorf, a suburb of Schwerin. While both had been raised on dairy farms Anna Marie entered the business with a price collection of cheese and sausage recipes which attracted, among other distinguished customers, the crown prince, Freidrich Franz I. His Majesty had been restricted by his physician to a milk diet, and daily, the Dittmers served him milk cheese and other dairy products at their "Laden" (dairy bar), or delivered the commodities directly to the castle. His Majesty was impressed with the industry and honesty of the young proprietors, and tried to be helpful to them by offering them valuable pieces of property for sale. August Wilhelm rejected these offers, since he refused to go in debt, but he at least had been stimulated by Prince Friedrich to improve his status. Then came the opportunity to purchase Dalliendorf - a brick kiln with adjoining home, farm land with worker's huts -- an enterprise very much beyond August Wilhelm's budget, but which surprisingly, became possible through the sale of a team of price horses to the crown prince, who paid very generously for them. As the Dittmers moved to Dalliendorf in 1839, August Wilhelm and his wife Anna Marie were forty-seven and forty-six years of age respectively. Their five children were Charlotte (11), Wilhelm (10), Luise (8), Sophie (6), and August Ludwig, a baby of but one year. The new enterprise of Dalliendorf demanded considerable outside help... The children had no public school to attend, but a governess made regular calls, and from all indications, gave good instruction in reading writing, mathematics, history and literature. It is further evident that the oldest son, Christian Heinrich Wilhelm, but known as "Wilhelm" was a real help to his father, especially in the operation of the kiln. The following is recorded by his grandson, Wilhelm Ludwig Dittmer of Neu Brandenburg, as evidence of the boy's involvement in the operation: August Wilhelm became ill five years after moving Dalliendorf. He died shortly after pneumonia had set in, leaving a widow with six children. Wilhelm, not only 16 years of age, had planned to study theology and to become a minister. With the untimely passing of his father, he accepted the challenge to manage the brick busines, doubtless with the guidance of his wise mother. When, shortly after this, he was summoned to appear for his physical examination for the military, his mother, remembering the promise the crown prince had given, offering the Dittmers help in time of need, appeared before his Majesty. "Can you help us? Wilhelm's, my only help in managing the business since August Wilhelm's death, is being drafted." The crown prince asked, "Doesn't he have any physical defects?" "No," she replied, but as she was pressed further to find some weakness, she added, "He might possibly point his toes outward too much as we walks." No more was said at this meeting. Wilhelm was summoned to appear for his examination. As he stepped into the examining room, one of the examiners cried out, "Throw this fellow out! Notice his crooked legs." In this strange manner, Wilhelm was exempt from military duty. Wilhelm married his cousin, Wilhelmine Juliane Dittmer about 1859. The had seven children: Ida, August, Andreas, Luise, Wilhelmine, (died in infancy) Caroline, Wilhelm Carl, (died in infancy). August, the subject of this writing, arrived on August 1, 1862, which may have been a deciding factor in his receivving the name, Auggust, although his favorite uncle, Auggust Ludwigg, as well as various others in the family hae his name. Al

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August A. Dittmer was born on 1 Aug 1862
August A. Dittmer was 12 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
August A. Dittmer was 27 years old when The Eiffel Tower is officially opened. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
August A. Dittmer was 33 years old when George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952) George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.
August A. Dittmer was 41 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
August A. Dittmer was 55 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
August A. Dittmer was 67 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
August A. Dittmer died on 30 Mar 1938 at the age of 75
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