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