AUGUSTUS W. STROBEL, one of the representative farmers and popular citizens of Windsor township, was born in the city of Rochester, New York, August 1, 1850, being a son of Jacob and Doritha Strobel, both of whom were born in Germany, where their marriage was solemnized. They immigrated to the United States in 1849 and settled in Allegany, Cattaraugus county, New York, shortly afterward removing to the city of Rochester, where they remained about one year. They then came to Michigan, first taking up their residence in Lansing, the present capital of the state, which was then a mere village, and thence coming as pioneers to Eaton county. They resided on a farm in Windsor township until 1833 and then removed to Oneida township, where they passed the remainder of their lives, the father giving his attention to farming. The subject of this sketch was reared to manhood in Eaton county, which has been his home from his early childhood. He assisted in reclaiming and otherwise improving the homestead farm, and at the age of twenty-four years he purchased the property, buying the interests of the other heirs. This farm he later sold, and purchased eighty acres one-half mile west, and one year later sold this tract, and purchased his present farm home upon which he has made excellent improvements in the erection of buildings and in otherwise bringing the farm up to the highest standard. He has resided on this place for the past quarter of a century and has added to the area of the place until he now has a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres. He has gained independence and success through his own indefatigable efforts, and has so ordered his course as a citizen and business man as to commend him to the confidence and good will of all who know him. In politics he is found numbered among the stalwart supporters of the principles and policies for which the Republican party stands sponsor, and for five years he rendered effective service as highway commissioner of Windsor township, while for the past twelve years he has been school director. He is affiliated with the Knights of the Maccabees, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Gleaners, and he and his wife are supporters of the Presbyterian church at Dimondale. In 1877 Mr. Strobel was united in marriage to Miss Mary B. Jaenicke, daughter of the late Henry Jaenicke, an honored pioneer of Windsor township. Mr. and Mrs. Strobel have six sons, whose names, in order of birth, are as follows: Charles W., Ernest H., Frederick G., George, Martin E. and Frank.