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Julius J. Nagel


One of the finest farms in Allamakee county is that owned and operated by Julius J. Nagel. It comprises two hundred acres lying on section 2, Franklin township, and is strictly modern and up-to-date in buildings and equipment. It is a large and valuable tract of land which Mr. Nagel has acquired through his own exertions and it is today a monument to his ability and energy. He was born in Garnavillo, Clayton county, on the 1st of October, 1858, a son of Charles and Mary (Meyer) Hittle. When Julius was about three years of age his father died and his mother married Fred Nagel, a widower with three children, who adopted Julius in the family, giving him his name. Both stepfather and mother was natives of Germany, the former born in Frankfort or vicinity, in 1822, and the latter in the grand duchy of Mecklenburg in the same year. In early life the stepfather was a journeyman shoemaker, following that occupation until he came to America, settling first in Chicago, where he conducted a shoe store on the corner of State and Randolph streets. Later he moved to Iowa and in Clermont, this state, engaged in the same business, in which, however, he continued only a short time thereafter. His health failing, he purchased land and in the year 1874 or 1875 turned his attention to farming in Clayton county. For seven years he lived upon his property, located four miles south of Postville, but at the end of that time moved to Franklin township, Allamakee county, where he continued to operated an excellent farm until 1900, when he turned over his interests to his son and retired from active life. He moved into Waukon and made his home with his daughter, dying in February, 1911. He had survived his wife many years, her death having occurred in 1891.

Julius J. Nagel acquired his education in the public schools of Clermont and in the district schools of Chester, just south of Postville, he accompanied his father to Allamakee county and here enrolled in school district No. 4, Franklin township. During his youth he assisted with the operation of the farm. Upon attaining his majority he secured employment as a farm laborer and thereafter for three years continued thus, at the end of that time renting a farm. This property he developed for about three years and was finally able to purchase land of his own, buying a small tract near Hardin. In connection with its cultivation he engaged at this time in hauling cream but at the end of three years disposed of this business and also the property which he had purchased and came to the farm whereon he now resides. He has two hundred acres of valuable land and is today one of the extensive property owners in this part of the county. He makes a specialty of polled Angus cattle and Poland China hogs and breeds also a first-class grade of horses. He is a good judge of live stock and as he understands the details of his business thoroughly he receives the best prices for his stock.

In April, 1882, Mr. Nagel married Miss Clara Dunning, who was born in Franklin township, February 9, 1864, a daughter of Frank and Caroline (Nobles) Dunning. In early life the father was a sailor on the Great Lakes but he abandoned this occupation eventually and came as a pioneer to Allamakee county, residing in Franklin township when it was still a frontier district. His death occurred on February 7, 1907. His wife survives him and makes her home near Waukon upon a farm just adjoining the city limits. Mr. and Mrs. Nagel have become the parents of nine children: Gusta, who married Benjamin Wiethorn, a prominent landowner and automobile dealer of Monona; Addie, who is the wife of R. DeGraw, a farmer residing one mile northwest of Monona; Frank, of whom a sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Roy, who was born April 22, 1892 and resides at home; Elba, who was born June 12, 1894; Belle, whose birth occurred May 18, 1896; Mary, born May 30, 1898; Daisy, born April 25, 1901; and Velma, born February 27, 1903.

Mr. Nagel is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America of Rossville, and is a stockholder in the Monona Creamery company, his ability being widely recognized in business circles. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party but is not active as an office seeker, preferring to devote his entire time to his personal affairs which, being capably conducted, have brought him a gratifying measure of success.

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

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