IAGenWeb Project - Allamakee co. Biographies

Who's Who in Iowa, 1940
Allamakee co. Biographies


The Iowa Press Association's Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life; Pub. by Iowa Press Association, Des Moines, Iowa; 1940

Unless another county is indicated, the biographies are from the Allamakee county section pgs 42-50. The others are the biographies of persons who were born or lived in Allamakee co., but in 1940 were living in other counties.

The biographies were transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich & S. Ferrall

Hagen, Edward F.
: Physician & Surgeon; born Waukon, Iowa Aug 23, 1902; son of H.G. Hagen; educated Waukon; U of Iowa, BSc 1926 MD 1927; Alpha Kappa Kappa; married Mae L. Barthell June 11, 1929 Nashua; sons: Edward John & Paul (dec); daughter: Martha Marilyn; prac med, Deorah; Winneshiek Co Med Soc, past pres; Chamber of Commerce, pres 1937-38; Oneota Country Club, Decorah; BPOE; hobbies: golf, fishing, hunting; res 702 E Broadway, Decorah. (Winneshiek co., pg 1266)

Hager, John H., Retired; born Waukon, Iowa Aug. 30, 1871; son of Fred Hager & Minnie Helming; educated rural schools; Decorah Business School; married Grace Falby June 14, 1905 Waukon; 1893-94 assistant foreman, The Waukon Lumber Co; 1894- implement director, Waukon; 1937- retired; 1924-28 member House of Representatives 41st to 44th general assemblies & Senate 43rd & 44th; during Spanish-American War member 49th Iowa volunteers infantry, Co I Camp Jacksonville, quartermaster sergeant, discharged June 1899; United Spanish War Veterans (USWV) adjacent many years; Iowa Implement Association, charter member, past president & director; Farm Bureau, charter member, Kiwanis, charter member & past president; Waukon Golf Club, charter member; OES; AF&AM; Scot Rite 32; York Rite; Shrine; KP, past member; Presbyterian Church, trustee; Republican; past alternate to Republican convention Kansas City 1927, delegate to Iowa State convention Des Moines 1940; hobbies: travel & sports; residence17 East Liberty, Waukon.

Hansmeier, Ben T., Farmer & Dairyman; born Waukon Co., Iowa Aug 2, 1892; son of Simmon Hansmeier & Minnie Krumme; educated Waukon HS; Waukon Business College; married Elizabeth Stock Feb. 28, 1917 Baxter (deceased July 22,1933); sons: Ralph B., Harvey F. & Marvin N.; daughters: Ruth A. (Mrs Martin Nolting) & Leona J.; 1916-17 clerk B.H. Bieber Clothing Store, Waukon; 1918-20 owner & operator general store, Baxter; 1921-26 farmer, near Baxter; 1926- owner & operator dairy farm, near Waukon; Farm Bureau, Jefferson Twp. Director of board; member AAA* program; Zion Reform Church, member church board; Republican; hobby: outdoors; residence Route 3, Waukon.
*Note: the abbreviation key for AAA gives Agricultural Adjustment Administration or American Automobile Association; it isn't known to which of these organizations Mr. Hansmeier belonged, but the former is most likely

Harrison, C. C., Veterinarian; born Luverne, Iowa Sept. 15, 1898; son of Charles G. Harrison & Ida Griffin; educated Armstrong HS; Iowa State College, DVM 1921; El Paso; married Althea Opfer Oct. 8, 1928 Waukon; daughters Janet Ruth & Irene Margaret; 1921-27 & 1929- Veterinarian, Waukon; 1927-29 veterinarian, Armstrong; past member city council 2 terms; during World War enlisted Nevada, Iowa Student Army Training Corps (SATC), discharged 1918; American Legion post 62; Eastern & Iowa Veterinary Medical Assns; chair & past member Kiwanis; Iowa State Trapshooting Association of America; AF&AM; Zion Reformed Church, Waukon; Republican; hobby: trapshooting; office & residence Waukon.

Hastings, Elmer W., Dentist; born Waukon, Iowa Apr. 23, 1890; son of Harvey A. Hastings & Laura S. Shuffleton; educated Waukon HS 1912; University of Iowa, DDS 1915; married Helen Evelyn Miller Dec. 8, 1915 Iowa City; son Wayne E; daughters Dorothy L. & Helen Eleanor; 1915-16 dentist, Urbana; 1906- dentist, Waukon; 1926- member school board, Waukon; during World War in government service checking teeth of drafted men; American Red Cross (ARC), past president county chapter, county chairman roll call, director since 1930; past member Salvation Army; Dubuque District Dental Society, past committee member; Allamakee Co. Dental Society, president; NE Iowa Dental Study Club, president 1934, secretary 1937; Iowa State Dental Society, American Dental Assoc. (ADA); Kiwanis, president 1939; Boy Scouts of America (BSA), committee member, past member IOOF; OES; AF&AM; Scottish Rite 32, Clinton; Methodist Church, board member since 1920, past Sunday School superintend, past Sunday School teacher; Republican, precinct committeeman; hobbies: fishing, hunting, gardening, woodwork; office 24 W. Main; residence 25 W. Liberty, Waukon.

Hausman, Fred L., Merchant; born Allamakee Co., Iowa Feb. 12, 1900; son of W. F. Hausman & Anna Troendle; educated Allamakee Co.; Waukon HS 1917; married Bernice Rost Aug. 6, 1929 Winona, Minn; son John F.; daughter Barbara A.; 1914-17 while attending HS shoe clerk in firm Anderson & Straatte, Waukon, 1917-20 employee with Anderson & Straatte Waukon; 1920-27 partner of Mr. Anderson in Anderson Shoe Co., Waukon; 1927- partner of Herman Haehlen in shoe firm Hausman & Haehlen, Waukon; past member Iowa Shoe Retailers Assn; charter member Kiwanis; past member Waukon Golf Club; Waukon Gun Club, AF&AM; Scottish Rite 32; Methodist Church; Republican, hobbies: fishing, hunting; office H & H Shoe Co.; residence Waukon.

Haxmeier, G. L., Clergyman; born Jackson Co., Iowa Sept. 20, 1856; son of Henry Haxmeier & Susan Memmers; educated Jackson Co.; St. Lawrence College, Calvary Station, Wis; St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, Wis; Grand Seminary, Montreal, Canada; ordained Dec. 22, 1879; gave 1st mass Dec. 27, 1879, St. Donatus Church, Jackson County; 1880- pastor, Lansing; given title Right Reverend Messenger; dean Allamakee Co. since 1925; office & residence Lansing.

Hegeman, Mrs. Jeannette, Homemaker & Free Lance Writer; born Waukon, Iowa June 11, 1886; daughter of John F. Dougherty & Catherine McGarrity; educated St. Patrick’s Parochial School; Waukon HS; married William H. Hegeman June 20, 1905 Waukon; sons Donald William & Robert William; daughters Mary Frances & Catherine; 1905- homemaker, Waukon; contributor to Socialist, This Week, Catholic Digest, Buick Magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, American Historical Magazine, Ava Maria, Jr Catholic Messenger & Listen My Children, most of her articles are illustrated by photographs by her husband & concern places of interest in the middle west; National Catholic Council of Women; PEO; Nineteenth Century Club; Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs (IFWC); member local Girl Scout council, member recreation board; member Waukon public library board; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church; hobbies: history research, collecting items about Mark Twain, hooked rugs; residence 404 W. Worcester, Waukon.

Helming, Robert Bruce: Veterinarian; born Waukon, Iowa Feb 20, 1907; son of Benjamin David Helming & Winifred May; educated Waukon HS 1926; Iowa St. Coll 1926-28; Kansas St. Coll, DVM 1931; Pi Kappa Alpha; jr ch AMMA; married Winifred Ruth Mitchel Oct 6, 1933 Cresco; son Bob Hager; daughter Sharron Lee; 1931- veterinarian, Cresco; Howard co Conservation league; Iowa St Veterinary Med Assn; Eastern Iowa Veterinary Med Assn, chmn advisory com 1938-39; Tri-State Veterinary Med Assn, past pres; Amer Veterinary Practioners Assn; Chamber of Comerce; Kiwanis, chmn agr com 1938-39, 1939- dir; Methodist Ch; Republican; hobbies: hunting, purebred Percheron horses; office 118 1st Ave W; res 121 6th Ave E, Cresco. (Howard co., pg 569)

Hendrickson, Abner Alexander: Superintendent of Schools; born Waterville, Iowa June 2, 1904; son of Henry A. Hendrickson & Caroline Tysland; educated Waukon HS 1922; Luther Coll, Decorah, BA 1926; U of Minn, MA 1940; married Olivia Camille Vik June 19, 1929 Clarkfield Minn; son: Roger Vik; daughter Carmen Suzanne; 1926-29 music tchr & HS prin, Livermore; 1929-34 supt of schs, Chester; 1934- supt of schs, Lime Springs; 1934- dir city band, Lime Springs; Howard Co Schoolmasters Club; Iowa State Teachers Asoc.; Lime Springs Citizens & Mchts Club, past secy 3 years; Boy Scouts of America, chmn of com of Lime Springs since 1937; AF&AM 214, master since 1940; Lutheran Ch; Republican; hobby: music; off High School; res Lime Springs. (Howard co., pg 569)

Hintz, Robert H., Dentist; born Oelwein, Iowa Apr. 24, 1896; son of Henry C. Hintz & Christine Skang; educated Oelwein HS 1924; University of Iowa DDS 1932; Delta Sigma Delta; married Leta M. Schmidt Sept. 5, 1931 Cedar Rapids; daughters Anna C. & Kay R.; 1932- dentist, Lansing; Iowa State Dental Society; American Dental Assoc. (ADA); Kiwanis, past president; AF&AM 374; Presbyterian Church; Republican; hobbies: woodworking & hunting; office & residence Lansing.

Holman, Reuben Augustus: Farmer; born Rossville, Iowa Feb 12, 1867; son of David Van Horn Holman & Sarah Sencebaugh; educated Rossville, Mason City, Rockwell, Osage & Nora Springs; married Nettie May Holman Nov 3, 1915 Bowling Green Ky; prior to 1890 farmed with father near Rockwell; 1890-97 mgr farm for father; 1897- opr farm since father's death; 1903 dir & mbr exec committee Co-op Farmers Soc of Rockwell, 1st successful co-op elevator in US, 1905 secy exec bd, 1911 VP, 1917- pres; 1931 author & publisher Forty Years of Co-Operation, a history of Rockwell Farmers Elevator of the Co-op Farmers Soc; past Dougherty twp clk; past mbr local sch bd; past dist road supvr; Dist Shipping Assn, past pres; Cerro Gordo Farm Bur, 1927 wrote & staged pageant for local Farm Bur, 1928 Iowa St Farm Bur; Iowa St Farmers Grain Dirs Assn, bd mbr 3 years, delagate to annual convs; US Grain Growers Assn, 1922 delagate conv Chicagop FEdn of Farmers Orgns, past pres 1927; Bapt Ch; hobbies: farmer co-op movement, writing; father early pioneer of Lowa locating Rossville 1852, blacksmith & farmer, made the trip as blacksmith on the gold rush "Pikes Peak or Bust"; res Rockwell. (Cerro Gordo co., pg 228)

Honn, Ray Gould: Attorney; born Allamakee Co Iowa Nov 11, 1914; son of Arthur C. Honn & Hannah B. Gould; educated Colesburg HS 1932; Dubuque U, BA 1936; U of Iowa, JD 1939; "13" Club, U of Dubuque; 1936-39 assoc with George Heins in law off, Monona; 1939- prac law, Garnavillo; atty for Farmers Mutual Ins Assn; Clayton Co & Iowa St Bar Assns; Comml Club, secy; AF&AM; Methodist Ch; hobbies: hunting & fishing; off & res Garnavillo. (Clayton co., pg 294)

Hufschmidt, Leo T., Manufacturer; born Prairie du Chien, Wis Oct. 18, 1887; son of Charles W. Hufschmidt & Julia Turner; educated Lansing HS; married Mae Brophy June 11, 1917 Dubuque; 1904- with Lansing Button Factory, 1920-31 manager, 1931- owner & operator; Iowa Manufactures Assn; director; Kiwanis; AF&AM 144; Federated Church; Republican; hobbies: boating & hunting; office & residence Lansing.

Hummel, AL P., Abstracter; born Dundas, Minn. July 28, 1895; son of John Peter Hummel & Elizabeth Hartmann; educated Dundas, Minn; Northfield Minn. HS 1913; North Dakota State Teachers College 1914-16; married Frieda Matilda Chynka Dec. 2, 1920 St. Paul, Minn; daughter Yvonne Dorothy; 1916-17 HS teacher & coach, Beach, N.D; 1917-18 partner of brother in grocery store, Dundas, Minn; 1919-32 hardware & general merchandise salesman; Hampton; 1934-36 Manager Allamakee Title & Abstract Co., Waukon, 1936- owner & operator; during World War enlisted in US Army field artillery headquarters Co. Apr. 6, 1918, Regiment band 76th field artillery, 3rd division, Camp Jackson, Overseas 14 months, band corps. St. Mihiel & Argonne Forrest engagements, discharged Aug. 28, 1919; American Legion, county auditor; Kiwanis, secretary; VP Waukon Golf Club; Methodist Church, board member, past Sunday School superintendent; hobby: golf; office & residence Waukon.


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