This microfilm copy of a notebook kept by Swiss immigrant August Fussenegger from 1879 to 1901 provides access to a notebook still in private hands. The notebook records details of the chronology of Fussenegger's passage to the United States, his poetry and philosophy, notes relating to fellow soldiers and military equipment during Fussenegger's army service, and incidental family information. Although there are occasional English entries, most of the notebook is written in Fussenegger's native Swiss-German dialect. Fussenegger was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1856, immigrating to the United States in 1875. Four years later he enlisted in the U.S. Army's Seventeenth Infantry Regiment, serving two years before deserting. He later enlisted in the Seventh Cavalry C Troop under the alias of August Finder. His service occurred in Dakota Territory and Wyoming. Following his discharge in 1886, Fussenegger became a stonecutter in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and helped construct the St. Meinrad Abbey Chapel. In 1892 Fussenegger moved to Louisville where he opened a saloon and grocery at 317 South Nineteenth Street. He was employed as a clerk in a milk depot prior to his death in 1903.
[Identification of item], August Fussenegger notebook, Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/110 Accessed January 23, 2020.