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Niels P. Hoegh

Mr. Hoegh is a fine specimen of the kind of men who have made the State of Iowa prosperous and honored. Altho a native of Denmark, he has been a progressive agriculturist of Audubon county for over forty years, having clung to his adopted State and spent his life in furthering her development--except during the years of his youth and early manhood, when he spent three years in Colorado. Mr. Hoegh emigrated to America in his twentieth year. Six years previous to his coming here he spent on a farm in his native land. Upon arriving in the land of opportunity he had one hundred dollars in gold; at that period gold was at a premium and Mr. Hoegh exchanged the above amount for $138.00 in paper currency. In 1868 he came to Davenport and spent three years on a farm. At the expiration of that time Mr. Hoegh moved to Washington, Iowa, and devoted his efforts to the construction of a railroad running as far as Sigourney, thus winning the public regard by giving this part of the state the advantages that only a railroad can bring. Mrs. Hoegh was formerly Miss Marie Noss. To Mr. and Mrs. Hoegh there have been born eight children. One of the boys, William Hoegh, is now associated with the Farmers Savings Bank in Atlantic, of which his father is President.

"Niels" remembers vividly the early struggles and privations in this region and has lived to behold a justification of his faith in Iowa.

From time to time he has added to his farm holdings until he now owns 2160 acres in Audubon county and 240 acres in Cass county, all of which is in a high state of improvement. Besides this evidence of material wealth he is interested as stockholder in two banks and is President of the Farmers Savings Bank in this city. All the success that he has accomplished is to be credited to his own individual effort. Without pull or favor he has stamped his individuality for the well being of every project with which he has been identified.

From: Industrial Edition, published by Atlantic News Telegraph, Atlantic, Iowa, 1913, pg. 74. Transcribed by Cheryl Siebrass, March, 2018.

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