Page 731, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Mrs. August Breidenstein is one of the pioneer women of Sycamore township, who experienced many of the hardships and uncertainties of pioneer life in Butler county. She is a native of Germany, and came to this county when quite young. She first located in Illinois, where she was married to August Breidenstein, January 1, 1871. Fourteen years later they came to Kansas, locating near Rosalia in Butler county. The first few years here were years of hardship and discouragements. One year their crops were entirely destroyed by hail, and they suffered loss from prairie fires and other misfortunes incident to life on the plains, and Mr. Breidenstein worked at anything that he could get to do in order to make a living for his family the first few years. Later success came, and at the time of his death in 1905, he was well-to-do. Mrs. Breidenstein now owns land in the Augusta oil field.

To Mr. and Mrs. Breidenstein were born the following children: Mrs. Rose Waltman, Jacksonville, Ill.; Lillian V.; Mrs. Gloria Hoy, Cassoday, Kans.; Mrs. Daisy Wright, Decatur, Ill.; Mrs. Ivan Westerhouse, Burns, Kans.; Sule Edward and Charles William, who are deceased, Mrs. Breidenstein talks very interestingly of pioneer days, and is a great reader and well posted on events generally.

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