----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
APPLICATION FOR EXCEPTION FROM THE CLASSIFICATION OF ALIEN ENEMY
(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
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
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
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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Office of Clerk of Circuit Court
Clark County, Wisconsin
Geo. A. Ure, Clerk
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
State of Wisconsin Exhibit B & C
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
Notary Public Clark Co. Wis.
Case # 357048
April 17, 1919
W.H. Parker, Esq.
PO Box ? (unreadable)
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,
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