KLEMM, Chas. A.
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KLEMM, Charles Augustus, senior member of the firm of Klemm & Rahe, proprietors of the City Steam Laundry, was born in Hainichen, in the kingdom of Saxony, Germany, October 9, 1851. He is a son of Frederick William and Christine (Rife) Klemm. Frederick William Klemm was a native of Saxony. He was a stone quarrier, and died in 1883. His wife, Christine Rife, a native of the same town, survives him and resides in her native country; she is seventy-two years of age. They had seven children: Charles Augustus is the only one of them who came to America. The others are Frederick W., Franz Edward, Maria Bertha, Augusta Christine, Amelia Ross and Laura Bertha, all residents of Germany.

Charles Augustus Klemm passed his boyhood and youth in Germany and was educated in the public schools of his native town. His school education finished, he served and apprenticeship of three and a half years to the trade of cloth weaving, and continued to work at it as journeyman for two years more. He was then drafted into the German army in which he served three years. When discharged from the army he resumed work at his trade and was employed in different parts of Germany until 1882. In March, 1882, he emigrated to America. He landed at New York, April 9, 1882, and after a few daysí stay in that city came to Harrisburg. This city has been his place of residence since that time. For eleven years he was employed as an attendant in the State Lunatic Asylum. On July 1, 1895, he formed a partnership with Henry J. Rahe and engaged in his present business. He has been twice married. His first wife was Anna, daughter of Ernest and Mina Hempel, of Harrisburg, who died August 24, 1891, without children. His second marriage, in which he was united to Frieda Alwine, daughter of Julius and Augusta Ahlefeld, a native of Hanover, Germany, occurred in Harrisburg, February 12, 1894. They have one son, Paul Ahlefeld. In 1893 Mr. Klemm paid a visit to his old home and his mother in Germany. After a pleasant stay of two months he returned to America and it was upon his return voyage that he made the acquaintance of his second wife. Mr. Klemm is a member of Peace and Plenty Lodge, No. 69, I. O. O. F., and of Hermann Castle, No. 337, K. of G. E. He is a Democrat. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran church.

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Date of Transcription: 8 May 2001

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