Portrait And Biographical Record Of Northern Michigan
Containing Portraits And Biographical Sketches Of Prominent
And Representative Citizens
Record Publishing Co., 1895
|August Greve, editor and proprietor of the Michigan Volks-Zeitung,
and one of the prominent newspaper men of Manistee, is a native of Germany.
He was born in Holstein, August 8, 1863, and is the son of Hans and Anna
(Koop) Greve, the latter of whom died in that country in 1872. The father,
who was an only child, has but two children, John and August, and makes his
home with our subject, whom he accompanied to America in 1881. He is well-to-do
financially, and since coming to Manistee has gained the confidence of the
people of this place by his honest and upright character. The elder son,
John, who was the first representative of the family in the United States,
is a resident of Manistee, where he follows the trade of carpenter and builder.
In his native country the subject of this sketch received a good education in the common schools. From the time of his leaving school until his emigration to America, he was employed in a mercantile house, but believing that the United States offered better opportunities, he crossed the ocean in 1881, and came direct to Manistee, joining his brother here. While employed in this county as a farm hand and laborer in the mills, he learned to speak the English language, of which he now has thorough command.
In 1892 Mr. Greve was elected the Supervisor of the Fifth Ward in Manistee, and in the fall of the same year he purchased the Volks-Zeitung, which he has since owned and published. This is the only German newspaper in Northern Michigan.It is published weekly, and has a liberal patronage among the German-speaking citizens of this locality. In the spring of 1893 Mr. Greve was elected Justice of the Peace in the city, and is now serving his first term in that office.
The marriage of Mr. Greve and Miss Mary Terborg took place in Manistee on New Year's Day in 1888. Mrs. Greve was born in Holstein, Germany, and came to the United States with her parents, John H. and Ida (Meyer) terborg, who are now living at Two Rivers, Wis. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Greve has been blessed by the birth of three children, named, respectively, Eduard, Christian and Anna.
In his social relations Mr. Greve is prominently connected with the Turners' society and the Knights of the Maccabees of Michigan. He is also a member of the Knights of Labor, and also the Workingmen's Aid Society. He and his wife were reared in the faith of the Lutheran Church, to which they still adhere. Aside from his journalistic work, he has built up an extensive business in the sale of German books and publications. In his office he has complete catalogues of the principal German publishing houses, besides which he keeps on hand standard works intended to teach English to Germans and German to Americans. As a citizen he is public-spirited and intensely interested in everything pertaining to the welfare of the city where he makes his home.He is a type of the progressive German-American citizen, who, while not forgetting the land of his birth, nevertheless gives his allegiance wholly to the land of his adoption. In politics he is a Democrat.