Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/11/2009 at 16:30:35
Claus Hagge, A successful business career has been that of Claus Hagge and 400 acres of rich land of Boone county is now in his possession. He is also a member of the firm of Hennings & Hagge, grain merchants of Ogden. Through thirty years he has resided in this county and is familiar with the history of the town from the period of its inception. He came to America from Germany, his birht having occurred in the fatherland on September 19, 1847. His parents, Henry and Anna Hagge, Were also natives of Germany and the father there carried on agricultural pursuits until 1868, when he resolved to seek a home and fortune in America and made his way across the Atlantic. On landing on the shores of the new world he immediately proceeded westward to Jackson county, Iowa, where he resided for two year and then went to Dallas county, where he also spent two years. On the expiration of that period he came to Boone county, settling in Yell township where he continued to reside up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1875. His wife survived him for a few years and was called to the home beyond in 1881. In their family were eight children and three of the number are yet living in Boone county and are connected with its agricultural interests.
Claus Hagge is indebted to the common school system of his native land for the educational privileges he enjoyed. He remained at home until twenty years of age and then began farming in Yell township, Boone county, renting a tract of land in that locality. In 1877he removed to Amaqua township and purchasing a tract of land at once began its further development and improvement. IN 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Henson, a daughter of Dietleb Henson, of Boone county. Seven children have been born of this marriage, Henry, Elizabeth, Jerry, Alvina, Mary, William and Wilhelmina.
After his marriage Mr Hagge took his bride to his farm, where he resided continuously until 1893. During that period he place his land under a high state of cultivation, his will tilled fields bringing to him golden harvests. He also added many improvements to the place, but at length he decided to retire from farm life and removed to Ogden, where he entered into business relations with Mr Hennings, as a member of the firm of Hennings & Hagge. They were now well known grain merchants and buy and sell on an extensive scale. They also handle lumber and agricultural implements and their business is increasing yearly.
Mr Hagge and his wife are devoted members of the German Lutheran church of Ogden, and he is a Democrat, having continuously supported the party since attaining his majority. Upon that ticket he was elected township trustee of Amaqua township and served continuously in the office for nine years, while for seven years he was school director. He is now serving as school director in the town of Ogden and is also a member of the city council. His life has been one of industry and enterprise and his prosperity is merited reward of his own labor. In addition to his business and his home in the town he still owns 400 acres of the rich land of Boone county. All has been acquired through is capable management and diligence of his life should serve as a source of encouragement to others who are forced to enter upon a business career with out capital.
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