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Frank Myron Nagel

Frank Myron Nagel, a worthy native son and enterprising young agriculturist of Allamakee county, is the owner of a well improved farm of one hundred and seventy-seven and a half acres on section 21, Franklin township, and devotes his attention to its operation with excellent results. His birth occurred at Hardin on the 29th of July, 1889, his parents being Julius J. And Clara (Dunning) Nagel, the former a native of Garnavillo township, Clayton county, Iowa, and the latter of Franklin township, Allamakee county. Julius J. Nagel was born on the 1st of October, 1858, while his wife’s natal day was February 9, 1863. A sketch of the former, who is a prominent agriculturist of Franklin township, appears on another page of this work.

In the acquirement of an education Frank M. Nagel attended district school No., 3 of Franklin township. He remained under the parental roof until he had passed the age of twenty and then rented a farm, which he cultivated for one year. On the expiration of that period he purchased a farm of one hundred and seventy-seven and a half acres on section 21, Franklin township, which has since remained in his possession and in the operation of which he has won success. The land is rich and productive and annually yields bounteous harvests. Mr. Nagel raises the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also devotes considerable attention to live stock, finding both branches of his business remunerative.

On the 11th of May, 1910, Mr. Nagel was united in marriage to Miss Leta Renpage, who was born at Wheaton, Illinois, on the 20th of February, 1890, her parents being Henry and Effie (Thornton) Renpage. The father’s birth occurred in Germany in 1854, while the mother was born in Franklin township this county, in 1864. Henry Renpage worked as a blacksmith in early manhood but after coming to Iowa turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits. At the end of seven years’ residence here, in 1909, he removed to Ottertail county, Minnesota, purchased a farm and has operated the same continuously since. Our subject and his wife have two children: Chalmer Gilbert, whose natal day was November 23, 1911; and a son, not yet named.

Mr. Nagel gives his political allegiance to the republican party but has not sought nor desired office, preferring to devote his attention exclusively to his business interests. He is a substantial young agriculturist of his community and has won many friends by reason of his upright and honorable life.

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

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