Early Evansville Portraits And Biographies
From History of Vanderburgh County, Indiana
by Brant & Fuller

August Leich

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CAPT. AUGUST LEICH, County Treasurer of Vanderburgh County, was born in Prussia in the year 1842, and, at the age of six years, removed to America with his parents.

He is what may be termed a self-made man. He received a common school education, and was then thrown on his own resources. At an early age he sold books and newspapers about the wharves and steamboats, and was known among the newsboys of that day as particularly enterprising. For a time he was employed as cabin boy and cook on Ohio and Mississippi River steamers, and later as a clerk in the Post Offices at Evansville and Terre Haute, and in the drug store of his brother, Charles Leich. The work of a house and sign painter then engaged his attention for a time, and during the winter of of 1860-1 he taught a night school, his pupils being young mechanics and laborers, nearly all of whom enlisted in the cause of the Union when the war broke out.

In July, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Twenty-Fourth Indiana Infantry, was appointed fifer of his company, and, in the following February, was promoted to principal musician of his regiment. He served until the close of the war, and, on returning home, was employed as book-keeper by Leich & Carlsstedt. With this firm he went to Cincinnati, and was there engaged for several years in the county auditor's office, and as a bookkeeper in various business houses.

He returned to Evansville in 1872, and for fourteen years was in the employ of Leich & Lemcke, of this city. In 1886 he was elected County Treasurer, and re-elected in 1888. He is an efficient, accommodating and popular officer.

He has been prominently connected with the military companies organized here since the war, and is now a leading member of Farragut Post, G.A.R., of which he has been adjutant since its organization in 1881. He is also a member of Knights of Pythias, Orion Lodge, No. 35, also Uniform Rank, Evansville Division, No. 4.

Captain Leich was married January 12, 1889, to Miss Mathilde Klenk, daughter of Louis Klenk, an old citizen of Evansville.