Maximillion Joseph Von Auw and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Ludwig) are shown in the photo above. Maximillion shortened his name to Joseph Auw after his arrival in the United States. He was born August 2, 1851 in the city of Darmstadt, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. He traveled to America on the ship "Detchen" and arrived in New York April 14, 1869.
He spent the first dozen years in Ohio where he was a farmer. He then traveled to Pulaski County, Indiana where on Dec 27, 1887 he married Mary Elizabeth Ludwig, daughter of Ferdinand and Ann Catherine (Daum) Ludwig. Mary Elizabeth was born October 20, 1858 in Attica, Ohio.
Being of a hardworking and industrious nature Joseph tried his hand and several trades, tired of farming, he built a mill in Ora, Indiana but it burned to the ground Sept 1st, 1897. He was a partner in a grocery business with Sylvester Allsbrow. He purchased the stock of drugs owned by Dr. Hall and found himself the owner of a drugstore that also sold candy and ice cream. He was postmaster of Ora, Indiana as well as Justice of the Peace.
He was a Democrat, identified himself with the German Lutheran Church, and was a member of the Knights of the Maccabees, being chaplin of his lodge.
Joseph and Mary were the parents of 7 children:Lenore V. Auw December 13, 1887 - February 9, 1889; Anna Caroline Auw February 9, 1889 - March 21, 1939; Emma Wilhelmina Auw August 14, 1892 - April 14, 1894; Katharine Amelia Auw September 9, 1894 - January 14, 1898; Johannus Robert Nov 19, 1896 - ?; Dorathea Elizabeth Auw November 14, 1901; and Bertha Auw date unknown.
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Ora Cemetery - Ora, Starke County, Indiana
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