Notes from Gwen Bray written by Faith Haefele Bray about August Haefele, her father:
"Grandfather Haefele (would be August) was 16 years old at the death of his father. With some of his brothers and sisters, he came to IL where he worked on his brother- in- law's farm in Mendoa [sic]. He was ambitious to have an education, especially after he decided to enter the ministry. He then went to Naperville, IL to attend Northwestern College, now known as North Central College. In order to earn his way through, he became a book agent during vacation time and was very successful. His best territory was in CO where the population was scattered and reading matter was scarce. He made sufficient money to finance 12 years of schooling which included academic, college, and theological courses. At the end of his schooling, he had to his credit $300, which at that time was a real saving. He was greatly interested in music. His chief delight was singing. During the entire period of his schooling, he sang first tenor in the college quartet. At one time, he played the bass viol, later the violin but never excelled in either one. He was considered an excellent student of the German language and did considerable tutoring to college students. At one time was editor of German church magazine and after retiring from his position he was often called upon to translate from German to English. He had a great love for mankind and considered no work too humble if anyone needed his assistance. "
Also from Gwen Bray: "August was a minister of the Gospel. He had trained at North western College.... He served churches in El Paso, Pierce (Maple Park) Barrington, Joliet, Ottawa Highland Park, and a church in NH."
Chicago Directory of 1891 lists August Haefele as Manager for the Deutsche Allegmein Zeitung, 31, 170 Washington. This appears to be a German newspaper.
Additional information provided is that Levi & Hannah Manbeck moved to Naperville, Illinois right after they were married and that they ran a boarding house for male college students attending what was then called North Central College. August Haefele was one of their boarders and married their daughter Ida after they both graduated from that school. Levi Manbeck raised crops on their property and traveled to Chicago, which was a day's journey via horse and wagon, to sell his harvest.