Augustin Family Collection, 1890 - 1957

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Augustin Family Collection, 1890 - 1957
Frederick Julius Augustin's mansion

Historical Context

One of the earliest members of the Augustin family who immigrated to the United States from Hanover, Germany was Frederick Julius Augustin (1838-1896). He was an enterprising man first settling himself and his brother William in New York City as a merchant. After moving to Hicksville, he founded a small general store that grew but in 1890, he sold the store to Hicksville resident Henry Huettner. Mr. Augustin continued to expand his businesses to include building supplies, lumber, and a coal yard. In 1892, Mr. Augustin was elected as the Justice of the Peace for Oyster Bay. He also established a weekly German newspaper called the Long Island Central Zeitung that was sold to Mr. Openheimer of College Point in 1896.

Frederick’s first wife Johanna (Freytag) Augustin (1838-1872) died three days after the birth of their daughter Johanna in 1872. He married again to his sister-in-law, Louise (Freytag) Augustin (1856-1942) and had a daughter Louise Augustin (1878-1965) and a son Julius “Jay” W. Augustin, Jr. (1879-1953). Jay married Helen (Bacon) Augustin (1881-1907) and had one child, Helen Louise (1906-1999); a year after the birth his wife died.  In 1909, he married Dorothy (Hill) Augustin and moved to Washington State; there was one known issue from this union - a son, Jay Hill Augustin.

The collection initially was donated by Helen (Augustin) Hiscock, the daughter of Jay and Helen Augustin.  Additional photographs were donated by Lou Daly, the daughter of Jay Hill Augustin.  They were discovered in a leather bound album dated 1904 to 1906 and are of Julius and Helen Augustin and their daughter, Helen Louise.

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of approximately seventy-four photographs. Images span the years 1890 to approximately 1957; a notable concentration of images include early automobiles, the Augustin mansion, lumberyard, and family portraits. Images and other archival materials will be added to the collection upon discovery within the Hicksville archives collection.