Augustus “Gus” Lantow was born in 1870 or 1871 in Missouri.
His mother Kate was born in 1846 in Switzerland and immigrated to the United States.
Gus married Gertrude in 1900, and in 1907 they had a son, Delphin.
In 1910, the family lived in Johnson County, Missouri, about 65 miles southeast of Kansas City.
Delphin died on July 30, 1916 of appendicitis. He was nine years old.
By the end of the 1910s, Gus and Gertrude had moved to central Missouri.
Gus sent this postcard on April 8, 1919 from Mexico, Missouri. His mother lived about 65 miles southeast of Mexico, in Truesdale. She lived with her daughter Josephine and her family. The postcard was sent on the occasion of Kate’s 73rd birthday.
In 1927, Gus and Gertrude were recorded living in Topeka, Kansas, where Gus was an instructor at the Capital City Commercial College
Gus worked several jobs in his life. He was a teacher of penmanship, a plasterer, and a penman.
Gertrude died on February 15, 1930 in St. Louis, age 55. She and Gus had lived in St. Louis at the time, and he continued to live in the city for some time. After Gertrude’s death, Gus married a woman named Viola, and they moved back to central Missouri.
Kate died on February 25, 1937, age 91.
Gus died on February 3, 1954, age 83. He lived in Warrenton, adjacent to Truesdale, where his mother lived. He is buried with Viola.
Gertrude, Kate, and Delphin are buried near Gus in the Warrenton City Cemetery.