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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


H. C. Haeberle

County Officer





       H. C. HAEBERLE is a native of Germany, having been born in the town of Goeppingen, Wurtemberg, February 8, 1847. He comes of German ancestry, his father, John Haeberle, and his mother, Barbara Kaiser, both having been natives of the same place and descendants of the ancient stock of Wurtemberg. These immigrated to the United States about 1849 or Ď50 and settled early in the "fifties" in Dubuque, this state, where the father died in 1860, at the age of forty-three, and the mother in 1869, at the age of forty-nine. They were the parents of fifteen children, only two of whom, however, now survive, the subject of this sketch and a sister, Emily, now wife of Rev. George Goebel, of St. Charles, Mo.


     Our subject was quite young when his parents came to America. He grew up mainly in Dubuque. He received the rudiments of an ordinary English education in the public schools of Dubuque, quitting school, however, at the age of eleven, when he started out to make his own way in the world. At the age of thirteen he entered the banking house of Gelpke & Co., of Dubuque, as a teller, which position he held till the opening of the Civil war. At the date most of the banking institutions of the country were closed in consequence of the beginning of hostilities between the sections, and Gelpke & Co. closing their house, young Haeberle was again turned adrift to seek his fortunes wherever and at whatever his hands might find to do. Taking a practical view of the situation he decided that the best thing for him to do was to learn a useful trade and he accordingly set about to do it. He entered a harness shop in Dubuque, served his time and received his credentials, after which he took employment as a journeyman and worked at his trade in Dubuque and a number of other towns in northeast Iowa. In 1870 he opened a shop of his own in Delhi, Delaware county, continuing there two years. In 1872 he quit business, and, accepting a place in the office of J. B. Boggs, county auditor, worked in the auditorís office till January, 1873. He then received the appointment of deputy county clerk of Delaware county, which he filled for two years. Taking a position in the abstract office of Henry Harger, at Delhi, he discharged the duties of clerk in it during the year 1875. In January, 1876, he became deputy county treasurer, a position he held and the duties of which he discharged for eight years. In November, 1883, he was elected treasurer of Delaware county, which office he took charge of the first of January, 1884. He has held this office since, having been re-elected for three successive terms.


      Mr. Haeberle is one of the most efficient officers Delaware county has ever had. Avoiding the feverish haste with which too many men rush into public life, he did not seek the position he now holds until he was thoroughly qualified to fill it, having familiarized himself with all the details of the position and established himself in the confidence of the people. He is attentive to the duties of his office, giving them his own strict personal attention, is careful and painstaking in his work, turning it off with neatness and dispatch, and is withal kind and accommodating, exhibiting that thoughtful solicitude in respect to the wants of the public that insures every man having business in his office a gentlemanly reception and such assistance as he is able to render. He has been prompt in the settlement of his accounts and has faithfully accounted for all public moneys which have come into his hands. In politics Mr. Haeberle is a republican, being a strong believer in the principles of his party, and possesses considerable influence in its councils. He has many warm friends, however, outside of his party, and while he has been elected on the republican ticket in all his races for county treasurer, he has nevertheless received some support from these friends. Coming to this county when a young man, Mr. Haeberle married here in 1875, taking to share his fortunes a young lady who was born and reared here, Miss Clara P. Heath, a daughter of James Heath, an old settler of the county, having been for a number of years a resident of Delhi. He is well and favorably remembered by the citizens of Delhi and vicinity, where he was unfortunately killed, in 1868, by a fall from a bridge while going from his residence to his store at night. Mr. and Mrs. Haeberle have had born to them four children, three of whom are now living, the full number being--Fannie E., Louis H., Clara N. and Charles E. (the last now deceased).


      Mr. Haeberle is a man of an exceedingly sociable disposition and possesses the most charitable impulses. Few men of his age exceed him in the part he has taken in the different benevolent organizations. He is an enthusiastic Mason, having taken all the degrees up to and including that of the Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, being the thirty-second degree in Masonry. He is a member of Square Lodge, No. 286, Earlville, Iowa, A. F. and A. M.; Olive Branch Chapter R. A. M., No. 48, Manchester, Iowa; DeMolay Consistory, No. 1, at Lyons, Iowa, and El Kahir Temple, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, being the Order of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of Delhi Lodge, No. 46, I. O. O. F., and the Encampment of Odd Fellows, at Greeley, Iowa. He is a charter member of Hyperion Lodge, No. 186, Knights of Pythias; Olive Camp, No. 89, Modern Woodmen of America, at Manchester, Iowa, and Delhi Lodge, No. 21, Ancient Order of United Workmen, being a charter member of the last named.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 371-373; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson