August Locke, the master mechanic for the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc
Company, LaSalle, is a native of Prussia, Germany, and was born November 15,
1840. When he was a child of two years his mother died, and thus deprived of
a mother's loving care he was taken into the home of an uncle in Dresden,
Saxony, Germany, and there he was reared to manhood. His boyhood days were
spent in attending the common schools and learning the trade of machinist.
He worked at his trade as a journeyman for some time in the old country, and
also held the position of foreman there in machine shops.
In 1872, at the age of thirty-two years, Mr. Locke came to America and located in Chicago, where he remained until the spring of 1875. In March of that year he came to LaSalle and entered the employ of the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company, as a machinist, and in November, 1877, he was promoted to the position of master mechanic, which important post he still holds.
Mr. Locke was married in Germany to Miss Caroline Batzlapp, and they have had seven children, four of whom are still living.
On coming to this country Mr. Locke espoused the faith of the Republican party, and has given it his support ever since. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Turnverein.
Extracted 13 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, page 648.