In 1865 August Kiel immigrated from Germany aboard the Iris, departing Bremen, Germany, and arriving New York City November 11, 1865 with a destination of Chicago, Illinois. He was a naturalized citizen of the United States. Kiel settled first in Schaumberg Township of Cook County, Illinois, where he worked as a wagon maker. By 1900 he had moved to a rented farm in Plato Township of Kane County, Illinois; and by 1910 he was a dairy farmer living on a rented farm in Burlington Township of Kane County, Illinois.
Johanna and August Kiel (in chairs) and on the ground L to R: their granddaughter Rose (daughter of August Jr.), their daughter-in-law Emma (wife of Emil) and their son Emil.