Herman A. Peglow

Herman A. and Mathilda (Raasch) Peglow

Among the many sturdy, determined and industrious citizens of Allamakee county whom Germany has given to America is numbered Herman A. Peglow, whose valuable farm of one hundred and eighty acres lie on section 13, Franklin township. He has risen by his own efforts from a humble position to a place among the leading agriculturists of this vicinity and his record is one which is well worthy of emulation. He was born in Pomerania, Prussia, December 19, 1848, and is a son of Gottlieb Carl and Fredericks (Gerth) Peglow, also natives of that province, the former born October 17, 1816, and the latter, November 8, 1821. In his early life the father served in the Prussian army as a member of the noted Colberg Regiment which saw active service on the Baltic sea. The parents crossed the Atlantic in 1867 in a sailing vessel and on July 13th of that year landed in Quebec, Canada, whence they went by train to Chicago, Illinois.

They arrived in Prairie de Chien, Wisconsin, July 20, 1867, and remained residents of that city until March 12, 1869. In that year they moved to Iowa and settled upon the farm where the subject of this review now resides. This was at that time an unimproved tract but with characteristic energy the father set to work on its development and at his death in 1899 owned one of the finest farms in this vicinity. He was past eighty-two years of age at the time of his demise and had survived his wife for many years, her death having occurred in 1886. They were the parents of four children, of whom the subject of this review is the second in order of birth.

Herman A. Peglow acquired his education in the public schools of Germany and before and after laying aside his books assisted his father with the work of the farm, doing his mowing with a hand scythe. He became thoroughly familiar with practical agricultural methods and when he came to America at the age of eighteen was already an able farmer. He could speak no English at that time but all such obstacles to his success in life he met with confidence and courage. He worked as a farm laborer for one year but afterward returned to the homestead and long before the death of his father assumed entire charge of the farm, whereon he has resided since that time. He has added to it from time to time until his holdings comprise one hundred and eighty acres lying on section 13, Franklin township. Mr. Peglow has improved this fine property with substantial barns and outbuildings and has installed modern, labor-saving machinery and upon it he carries on general farming and stock-raising, both branches of his business being extremely profitable under his able management. His place is one of the model farms of this locality and everything about it is indicative of his careful supervision, practical methods and progressive spirit. Mr. Peglow is a stockholder in the Monona State Bank and the Monona Creamery Company, a member and director of the Farmers commission Company in that city and also the Shipping Association, and he is recognized and respected as a far-sighted, capable and successful business man.

On the 5th of June, 1889, Mr. Peglow was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Raasch, who was born in Pomerania, Germany, September 15, 1861, a daughter of Carl and Caroline (Gutcke) Raasch, the former a carpenter by trade. His death occurred in the fatherland and the mother subsequently married William Schwantz and with him and her children crossed the Atlantic in about the year 1881 and after residing in Milwaukee for a short time they all came to Iowa, settling in McGregor. Subsequently they moved upon a farm in Franklin township, where she passed away in 1911.

Mr. and Mrs. Peglow have two children. Clara W., who was born April 24, 1890, graduated from the Monona high school in 1908, after which she taught in the rural schools of Allamakee county for two years and is now a junior in the College of Liberal Arts at the State University of Iowa City. Fred Julius, who was born March 19, 1892, is now assisting his father with the work of the farm. He is a graduated of the Ossian public schools. He is well known in the Modern Woodmen of America, in the local lodge of which he is one of the younger members.

Mr. Peglow is a republican in his political beliefs and has held various important public offices, serving as township trustee for several terms. He is now school treasurer and has discharged the duties of this office in an able and capable way since 1883. It is, whoever, his only outside connection for he has always preferred to give his undivided attention to his business affairs since he commenced life empty-handed and dependent entirely upon his own labors and will directed energies for whatever success he might achieve. In all of his dealings he has been strictly honorable and is today one of the substantial farmers of Allamakee county, having accumulated a comfortable and gratifying fortune.

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

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