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Theobold D. Haag

HAAG ROTH BROADSTONE

Posted By: R L Haag (email)
Date: 6/14/2013 at 17:24:55

The Life of Theobold David Haag (1852-1937)***

Theobold David Haag was born in Appenthal Bayern Germany May 11, 1852. He died April 7, 1937 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Bertha Broadstone, Montezuma, Iowa. At the age of 84yrs., 10 mo., & 24 days. His mother died when he was three years old. His father died when he was five years old. He was raised by an uncle, Jacob Roth and brought to the United States when he was 11 years old. (Note: His uncle brought both him and his brother Andrew to the US at the same time.) They settled in Cleveland Ohio. Later the family moved to Youngston, Ohio. Then they located some years later in Lincoln Township, Iowa County, Iowa. When he was old enough he worked for a man named Adam Hahn. When he worked for Mr. Hahn he got 50 cents a day plus his keep in the winter. Later he got some land from the government in Lincoln Township Iowa County. At that time it was prairie land. He cut post in the winter from Mr. Hahnís timber and in the spring he put a fence around it. He then hired a man from Millersburg with six head of oxen to brake the land for farming. He also started building a little at a time. Later on he married at the age of 27 yrs. He was married Oct 4, 1877 to Christina Roth in Iowa County. They were the first couple to be married in St Johnís Lutheran Church. He also helped build the church. It burnt down later. In 1904, they moved to Deep River and lived there until their deaths. They both died at Montezuma, Iowa. To this family there were seven children born all in Iowa County. Mary, Freddie, John, Edward, Lottie, Bertha and Wessel. He also had two brothers here in the US. Adam of Ohio and Andy of Grinnell, Iowa. He also had half brothers and sisters over in Germany that he never knew. His brother Andy came over at the same time. They came by sailboat. They were weeks coming over. At one time their ship hit a big rock or something and tore a big hole in the bottom of the ship. They almost sank but they got it fixed. He had a hard time making it when he was little. Never had went to school at all. He was a good father to his children and a good husband to his wife.

*** This narrative is original as transcribed from handwritten notes left to the Wessel P. Haag (1895-1978)family. The grammar and spelling are original. Both David and Christina are buried in the Goldenrod Cemetery, Deep River, Poweshiek County, Iowa.


 

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