----Source: Publication Title: Investigative Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation 1908-1922

Series: Old German Files, 1909-21

Case Number: 362872

Suspect Name: Joseph Suchy

Roll Number: 798

Contact: Ken Wood

FBI Papers looking into any anti-American feeling of Otto Steinberg of Neillsville, Wisconsin 1919

 Application No. 357047


(Under Subdivision Eleven of the Act of Congress approved May 9, 1918, amending the Naturalization Laws of the United States)

To the President of the United States:

The undersigned hereby makes application to be excepted from the classification of "Alien enemy" for the purpose of obtaining the privilege of applying for naturalization as a citizen of the United States and says the following:

1. My name is Otto Steinberg

2  The following are other names used at any time by me. None

     My reasons for using the forgoing names are ________________

3   I reside at Town of Seif PO Neillsville #3 Wis Clark County Wisc

4  I have resided at this place for the following length of time fourteen years

5  I have resided at the following places since January 1, 1914 On my farm in the Town of Seif Clark County Wisconsin

6   I was born in Germany on August 12, 1879

7   I am Married  

7c   The following are the names, ages, places of residence, and places of birth of all of my children under twenty-one:

     Name                                     Age       Place of Birth                     Place of Residence    

    Martha Steinberg                     10          Town of Seif                          Town of Seif                         The name of my wife is  Laura

     She was born in Wisconsin

     And now resides at Town of Seif , PO Neillsville #3, Wis.  

8  Have you a Father?   Yes  Mother? No  Brother?  Yes   Sister? Yes  

9  Give name, relationship, age, and present place of residence of father, mother, brother, sister, and 


Frederick Steinberg             Father                    68                           Neillsville, Wis

Anna Duast (?)                    Sister                     41                           Town of Seif

Reinhold Steinberg               Brother                  37                           Hopkins, Minn.

Emma Kurth                        Sister                     34                           Neillsville, Wis

Bertha Schaffer                    Sister                     32                           Custer, Mich.

Pauline Schroenherr             Sister                     30                           Town of Weston

Theresa Foster                     Sister                    28                           Colby, Wis

Albert Steinberg                   Brother                  25                           Neillsville, Wis


10  I arrived in the United States on  April 23, 1884

11   I arrived in the United States at New York, N.Y. on India

12  I made my Declaration of Intention to become a citizen of the United States on  April 20, 1915 in Neillsville in Circuit Court, of Clark Co. Wis. I resided at that time at Town of Seif PO Neillsville #3, Wis

13 Did you ever declare your intention to become a citizen of the United States at any other time?


     (a) If so, when and where? No

14   My present occupation, my occupations since January 1, 1914, together with the places, dates, names  

       of my employer, and nature of my employment are as follows :

       I have worked my own farm ever since March 3, 1905

15  The names, places of residence, and nationality of my parents (if living) are : Father living Neillsville Wis   German

16  I applied for second or final papers of naturalization in the United States on Aug. 9, 1917  at 

      Neillsville Wis in the Circuit Court.

17 Have you ever reported or registered with a consul or representative of any country for any purpose

      Whatever?  No  State when, where, to whom, what country, and for what purpose you reported or

       Registered.  Never

18  Have you ever been naturalized, or attempted to be naturalized, partly or wholly, in any country other

       Than the United States?  No

       State when and where, and if so naturalized or not:  Never

19  From what country have you received a release or discharge from nationality?  None

20  I emigrated from the country on my birth on April 2, 1884, and since have resided in the following

       Countries for the length of time stated:

         Lived in Wisconsin since April 25, 1884 in Town of Weston until Mar 3, 1905 and in Seif ever 


21   State details of any naval or military service or employment of any kind by any government of any

        Country:  No

22   Have you ever been arrested or detained on any charge?   No

        Give particulars:   No

23   Have you nor or have you previously had any relatives in the military, naval, or other service of any

        Country ?  Yes Give name, age, relationship, place of residence, and nature of

        Service of such relatives.

         Albert Steinberg 25 Brother  Neillsville Ammunition Train

24  Have you a permit to enter prohibited areas in the United States? No Give number of permit No

25   Have you received permission from any country or State to apply for naturalization? No State

        Details:  None     

26   Have you registered as an "Alien enemy?"  Yes State when and where Neillsville Wis Aug. 9, 1917

27   Have you filed your petition for final papers of naturalization in the United States?   No

        State when and where  No

28  The following are languages which I speak, read, or write:

        Spoken     English   German

       Written      English   German

       Read         English   German


I attach hereto a statement for the purpose of establishing my loyalty to the United States and of my reasons for making this application, and the affidavits of two reputable citizens of the United States in support thereof, who are not related to me and have known me for a period of at least five years, which are marked Exhibits "A," "B," and "C," and are made a part hereof.

                                                                                                Otto Steinberg (Signature)

 United States of America

State of Wisconsin

County of Clark

Otto Steinberg being first duly sworn, deposes and says that he is the applicant in the foregoing application and that each and every statement therein is true.

                                                                                                Otto Steinberg (Signature)


Sworn before me and subscribed in my presence at Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin,  by the foregoing applicant, who is to me personally known, on this 4day of Mar, 1919

                                                                                                George A. Ure  (Signature)

                                                                                                Clerk Circuit Court

                                                                                               Clark County, Wis



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Otto Steinberg


Exhibit A

Office of Clerk of Circuit Court

Clark County, Wisconsin

Geo. A. Ure, Clerk

                                                                                               Neillsville, Wisconsin

                                                                                                     Mar. 4, 1919

 I, Otto Steinberg, make the following statement; I have purchased Liberty Bonds every time they were allotted to us.  That I have bought War Stamps and that I am treasurer of the War Stamp Committee of my School Dist., now, I have donated to the American Red Cross and I am a member of them in good standing.  I have done all I could to help our Government in our World War by word, act and deed.

I would have went and fought for this country had I been called to do so.

The reason I did not take out my Citizens papers years ago, is that I supposed my father had his Second papers and did not know any different until just shortly before I made application for my first paper, dated April 20, 1918

                                                                                                Otto Steinberg (Signature)


The Neillsville Bank

Neillsville, Wis.


State of Wisconsin                                                                                              Exhibit B & C    

Clark County      

I, Herman North and Wm. F. North, of Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin, hereby make the following statement; that I have known Mr. Otto Steinberg to be a good honorable man and know him to be a good citizen in every way for the last ten years; that he has purchased Liberty Bonds every time they were allotted to him.  That he has bought the Savings Stamps and that he is at present the Treasurer of the War Savings Committee of the School District in which he resides; that he has donated to the American Red Cross and that he is a member in good standing.

That he has done all he could to help our Government in our World War by word, act and deed.  That he is in no way related to me.

                                                                                                Herman North (Signature)

                                                                                                W. F. North (Signature)

Inscribed and sworn before me on this 7th day of April, 1919

                                                                L. Campman

                                                                Notary Public Clark Co. Wis.


 Case # 357048 

                                                                                                                                April 17, 1919

W.H. Parker, Esq.

PO Box ? (unreadable)

Madison, Wisconsin 

Dear Sir-

I enclose application of the petitioner (?), P.O. Neillsville, Wisconsin, for exemption from the classification as Alien Enemy.

In your investigation of the applicant it is required that you follow the instructions contained in (unreadable) circular of March 4, 1919.

                                                                                Remain very truly, 

                                                                                                         Acting Chief




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