Great day researching "Augustine". It was a beautiful day to spend outside and we couldn't have had better luck. We set out on our journey hoping to simply identify where the spot was that Augustine and her parents settled in Jackson County Iowa after arriving from Belgium in 1894. Instead, we found to our amazement, her exact house...still standing and mostly unchanged from the time she lived in it. The family now residing there gave us the grand tour and allowed me to photograph all that I wanted. A few outbuildings and pastureland remained as well of the original farmstead. We stopped at the St. Aloysious Cemetery in South Garryowen, Jackson County Iowa to visit Augustine and Jules' graves where they rest side-by-side.
Augustine was 20 when she emigrated to the USA. She left Belgium on Feb 28, 1894 and arrived here on March 17, 1894. She and her parents traveled on the SS Pennsylvania.
Jules Hubert also left Belgium and arrived the same dates via the same ship. Did they meet onboard? Did they know each other prior to sailing? Some census records indicate that they were married and some indicate that he was the hired man. Her tombstone has her maiden name. Regardless, he stayed with her after her parents' death and tended the farm.
I grew up and currently live in Iowa. I have three beautiful daughters and a Miniature Schnauzer. I'm interested in anything that supports healthy families and healthy lifestyles.