223 - Gustave SAUER (1843 - 1886) [1]


Theodor Franz Alexander Gustav SAUER was born on 28 March 1843 in Trier, as son of an Advokat-Anwalt.

‍ He settled in Luxembourg and in 1872 he acquired the Luxembourg nationality. [2]

‍ In 1876 SAUER founded with MULLER the company « Wollspinnerei mit Tricotfabrik Sauer & Muller » and took over the mill in Walferdange from his uncle (Oheim) Jacques Dieudonné CLESSE. [3]

Soon after, on 28 February 1878, he married Marie Françoise Sophie FISCHER in Luxembourg-city. FISCHER was the daughter of Eugène FISCHER, Tierarzt, Schöffe der Stadt Luxemburg, Präsident der Ackerbau Commission. [4]

Emmanuel SERVAIS, at the time, was Bürgermeister in Luxembourg-city and the witnesses at the wedding ceremony were of high standing:

Jacques Dieudonné CLESSE, Rentner, 83, Luxembourg, Oheim des Bräutigams;

Rudolph MATTFELD, Geschäftsführer, 49, Mettlach, Schwager des Bräutigams;

Adolph FISCHER, Oheim der Braut, 50, Cessange, Bürgermeister der Gemeinde Hollerich

Jules FISCHER, Ingenieur, 23, Rodange, Bruder der Braut.

The relationship of CLESSE to SAUER, as so-called Oheim (Onkel) needs some explanation:

CLESSE's sister-in-law Anne Marguerithe BRÜCK was married to Guillaume SAUER whose brother Jean Pierre SAUER was the father of (Theodore Franz Alexander) Gustave SAUER. In other words CLESSE was a sort of an "oncle" over three "family line jumps".

On 13 September 1878 SAUER applied for a 15 year patent for an invention entitled:

Nouveau système de moulin à chicorée, céréales, moutarde etc.

The patent was not examined and issued almost 2 years later under the 1880 Patent Law, on 11 September 1880. [5]

‍ Gustave SAUER died in 1886 and his partner MULLER carried on the Tricotfabrik in Walferdange under the name of MULLER & Cie. [3]


[1] FamilySearch database

[2] Mémorial 1873, page 146

[3] industrie.lu

[4] FISCHER was the examiner appointed by the Chambre de Commerce who rejected HENGEL's patent application for a « Moulin à concasser l’orge et l’avoine » for lack of novelty in 1866 (see No 92a).

[5] LU patent No 61