Edward Hamann


Edward Hamann owns and operates a fine farm of eighty acres on section 34, Franklin township, constituting the homestead upon which he was born, July 2, 1885. He is a son of Christof and Louisa (Haas) Hamann, natives of Germany, born in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the former July 18, 1843, and the latter December 17, 1851. The father worked at farming in the employ of others in his native country and in 1871 crossed the Atlantic to America, locating at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he remained for one year. At the end of that time he came to Iowa, settling in McGregor, and after six years he removed to Monona, renting a farm in the vicinity of that city. Upon the expiration of ten years he purchased land on section 34, Franklin township, an entirely unimproved tract, which he had to clear of a heavy growth of timber before beginning the work of cultivation. This work, however, he carried forward with characteristic energy and determination, improving the farm with modern and substantial buildings and installing the necessary equipment. Here he remained an active and able agriculturist until he retired form active life, removing to Monona, where he and his wife now reside. They are the parents of four children: John who is engaged in carpentering; Charles, a mason by occupation; Christof, a resident of Mason City, Iowa; and Edward, of this review.

The last named was reared at home and from an early age assisted his father with the operation of the homestead, learning the best agricultural methods and becoming a progressive and able farmer. He continued to help with the work of the home property until 1913, when he purchased a farm whereon he has since carried forward the work of development along progressive and modern lines. He keeps everything about the place in excellent condition and its neat and attractive appearance reflects everywhere his careful supervision and careful management. His parents frequently drive form Monona and spend the night upon the old homestead, assisting Mr. Hamann, who is unmarried with the household duties. This assistance, although appreciated, is not very badly needed, for Mr. Hamann has proved very capable in the management of his home, being able to bake a loaf of bread and provide a meal worthy of comparison with those of a most competent housewife.

Mr. Hamann is a stockholder in the Luana creamery and the Luana Shipping Association, and is recognized as a resourceful, progressive and able business man. He gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and is a member of the Lutheran church. Although still a young man, he has attained a gratifying measure of success and his record is a credit to a name that has long been an honored one in this locality.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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