TANGEMAN, MYER, KOONTZ
Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 8/8/2005 at 08:17:44
A.G. Tangeman (1902), a progressive merchant of the town of Steen, is a native of Benton county, Iowa, where he was born August 28, 1864. His father, A. Tangeman, was a native of the Buckeye state, born December 25, 1838. As a boy of eight the father of our subject moved with his parents from Ohio to Clayton county, Iowa, remaining there until reaching his majority. Going then to Benton county, in the same state, he resided there until 1871, his next move being to Allamakee county, which was his home for a good many years. He left Iowa for four years, locating at Lewiston, Michigan, but returning at the end of that time to his early home in Clayton county. There he died November 26, 1909. During his many years of active labor he was alternately engaged in farming and in the milling business. The mother of our subject, Henrietta (Myer) Tangeman, died in 1876 in Allamakee county, Iowa.
A.G. Tangeman of this biography lived in the county of his birth for the first seven years of his life. At that age he accompanied his parents in their removal to Allamakee county, where he resided for a good many years. He secured an education in the country schools, and up to the time of his coming of age he assisted his father on the farm and in the mill. At twenty-one his career in the mercantile business began. For five years thereafter he clerked in a store at Volney, in his home county, later accepting a similar position in the town of Postville.
His residence in Rock county dates from the year 1902. Locating in Steen that year, he bought the general store of W.E. Bauer, which continues to be under Mr. Tangeman's management and control. Since coming into posession of the business he has increased the stock of goods to about double the original size and has made many up-to-date improvements. He is a stock-holder in the Farmers Elevator company of Steen. During the summer of 1910, Mr. Tangeman erected a fine home in the village.
At Waukon, Iowa, on September 17, 1889, occurred the marriage of Mr. Tangeman to Mary Koontz, the daughter of Elias and Martha Koontz, both deceased. Mrs. Tangeman's native county is Freeborn, Minnesota where she was born March 1, 1867. Five children have been born to these parents, as follows: Leo, born April 18, 1891; Clifford, born July 25, 1892; Ruby, born June 10, 1898; Earl, born May 27, 1901; and Dwight, born November 21, 1906. Mr. Tangeman is a member of the Methodist church and of the A.O.U.W. lodge of Postville, Iowa, and the M.W.A. lodge of Steen.
-source: An illustrated history of the counties of Rock and Pipestone, Minnesota; Rose, Arthur P., Luverne, Minn.. Northern History Pub. Co.; 1911, pg. 614-615
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