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By Peter Biggins

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In 2016, Wyatt Markus, who lives in Au Sable Fiorkes, New York, sent me sheet music hand written by John Adam Schickell (1795-1879). He discovered it at a sale of sheet music. A batch of music that he bought had the name John Adam Schickell written on one piece. He Googled the name and found PetersPioneers.

The auctioneer said the sheet music came from the estate of Michael Musket of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

John Adam Schickell, my great great great grandfather, was a music teacher. He was born in Bavaria in 1795. He and came to America in 1834 on the sailing ship Johannes with his wife Maria Eva and their four children. The family took their horse and wagon from Bavaria to Bremen with all their belongings, including musical instruments. The horse was sold and the wagon was taken aboard ship. They settled in Tiffin, Ohio. In 1853, they moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the Civil War, two of their children, Peter and Joseph, were Regimental band leaders.

O du lieber Augustin, with transcription and translation by Ursula Armbruster

O du lieber Augustin

Transcript of Text

Ein Schneider in Wien,
war auch Musiker,
er war nun Wittwer, seine Frau war gestorben,
und er ergab sich dem Trunk.
Sein treuer Lehrling verliess ihn.
Er kam so tief, daß es ihm hart ging
heraus zu kommen,
aber ganz geduldig fing er an zu singen:

„O du lieber Augustin alles ist hin.

Geld ist fort, Frau ist fort,

Augustin, alles fort,

o du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin.

O du lieber Augustin alles ist hin

Geld mag beim Teufel sein,

Wär nur die Frau noch mein.

O du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin.“



A taylor in Vienna,
he was also a musician,
was a widower now, his wife had died,
and he started drinking.
His faithful apprentice left him.
He sank so deep that it was hard for him
To get up again,
But very patiently he started singing:


“Oh, dear Augustin, everything is lost.

Money gone, wife is gone,

All is lost, Augustin,

Oh, dear Augustin, everything is lost.

Oh, dear Augustin, everything is lost.

Money is gone,

If I only still had my wife,

Oh, dear Augustin, everything is lost.”

Following are copies of the materials prepared by John Adam Schickell.