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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.
August Kiel's wagon-making and blacksmith shop.
- ^ New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Ancestry.com retrieved May 30, 2007.