Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 00:33:08
Hans Hagge, belongs to one of the old and prominent families of Boone county and has resided within its borders since 1872. As his name indicates the family is of German lineage and our subject was born in the fatherland on December 1 1844. He as a young man of twenty-four years when he severed the ties which bound him to that country and crossed the briny deep to the new world. On reaching American shoes he at once continued his journey overland to Calumet county, Wisconsin, where he remained for a year and a half. On the expiration of that period he went to Clinton county, Iowa, where he was employed on farms for two years, and on the expiration of that period he removed to Dallas county, where he engaged in farming for one year. His next removal brought him to Boone county and in 872 he took up his abode upon his resent farm in Yell township. This district was evidently such as he sought, for he has never had a desire to change his place of abode since that time. His energies have been given to his farm work and as the years have passed he has become one of the substantial and respected citizens of the community.
Mr Hagge was united in marriage to Catherine Kuhl, also a native of Germany, born January 20, 1851. Her father who was a mechanic died in that country. The home of Mr and Mrs Hagge has been blessed with seven children as follows: Henry at home, Annie the wife of Louis Hasstedt, a resident of Amaqua township, by who she has town children, Johnie and Menhardt, Maggie at home, Johnie who is learning the drug business in Ogden, Willie, Katie and Hans all at home. In all the work of the farm Mr Hagge is ably assisted by his sons. He now owns 640 acres of valuable land, which is largely operated by the aid of his boys. He is also extensively engaged in stock raising, having over seventy head of fine stock upon his place. His land lies in both Yell and Amaqua townships.
In politics Mr Hagge is a Democrat. He served as road supervisor for some time, was also school director for two terms and was the incumbent of the same office in Des Moines for one term. He and his wife hold membership in the German Lutheran church of Ogden, in which he is serving as director. In 1896 Mr and Mrs Hagge visited the old country, Schleswig Holstein. Very successful in his business career, he owes his advancement entirely to his own efforts and may truly be called a self made man. Starting in this world without any capital, he has steadily advanced to a prominent position among the representative farmers of his community. He carried forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes and his efforts have been so vigorously prosecuted that as the years have gone by he has won a property that is among the most valuable farms of this portion of the state.
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