Rev. August A. Forster

 1. Jacob Foster  m Elisabeth Kuntz 
 2.. Christian Forster (1842-?) m Katherine Mueller 
 3... Rev. August A. Forster (1866-1959)
Rev. August A. Forster     [ID 00006] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Nov 15 18661,2,3,4 [about 18685], Waldmohr, Bavaria, Germany1,2,3,4.  

August was shown in the 1900 census (Jun 6-7 1900), 715 Adams, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois:1

Locher, Joseph, head-of-household, age 49, born Jan 1851 in Germany; parents born in Germany; immigrated 1873, U.S. resident 27 years, naturalized; occupation: Priest; rented home.
Foster, August, partner, age 33, born Nov 1866 in Germany; parents born in Germany; single; immigrated 1885, U.S. resident 15 years, naturalized; occupation: Asst. Priest.
Schlag, Katherine, servant, age 46, born Jan 1854 in Illinois; parents born in Germany; single; occupation: housekeeper.

August lived in Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois.2  

August was shown in the 1910 census (Apr 22 1910), living alone on E. Main St., Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois:5

Forster, August A, head-of-household, age 42, born in Germany; parents born in Germany; single; occupation: clergyman, Catholic; rented home.

August was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 14 1930), living alone in Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois:3

Forester, August, head-of-household, age 63, born in Bavaria, Germany; parents born in Bavaria, Germany; native language: German; immigrated 1885, naturalized; single; owned home ($2400 value); radio in home; occupation: priest, Roman C. Church; not a veteran.

Rev. August A. Forster died Dec 11 1959, buried Saint Josephs Catholic Cemetery, Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois.4  

Fr. Forster was born in Waldmohr, Bavaria and studied music in Dresden, Germany.  He was ordained June 20, 1894.  Rev. August Forster came to St. Joseph church in Ramsey on April 4, 1904 and was the first resident priest of the newly established parish.  He arrived in Ramsey on the evening train which was nicknamed "The Plug", with a violin carried under one arm and a satchel containing his personal possessions in the other.  Following a few days later were his piano and a crate of books.  At the age of 86, Fr. Forster decorated the Sanctuary at St. Joseph with his seven oil paintings.4  

Fr. Forster had many talents including: builder, musician, artist, historian, author, outdoorman, scholar and maybe his most celebrated achievenent in the community was that of organizing and directing a 24 piece brass band.  After an illness of six weeks Fr. Forster died in his parish home on December 11,1959 at the age of 93 years.  Katherina Rakers was a nurse and helped care for him while he was ill.  She remarked that he was the first patient she had ever seen with callous's on his knees!4

(photo)Photo: Rev. August A. Forster 4

(photo)Photo: Rev. August A. Forster 4

(photo)Photo: Rev. August A. Forster gravestone Saint Josephs Catholic Cemetery 4


  1. 1900 census, 3rd Ward, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois; roll T623-236, ED 130, page 10A, line #4, dwelling #187, family #209.
  2. "Geneological [sic] Summary of Forster Family", a scrap of family folklore prepared by ??.
  3. 1930 census, Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois; roll T626-515, ED 16, page 5A, line #45, dwelling #145, family #145.
  5. 1910 census, Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois; roll T624-287, ED 67, page 6B, line #95, dwelling #140, family #145.

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