J. P. Haas, manager of the Farmers Grain & Seed Company of Lamoni, was born on the 10th of January, 1868,
in Henry county, Illinois, a son of Frank and Mary (Guinter) Haas, who emigrated to this country shortly after
the close of the Civil war, coming here from the vicinity of Berlin, Germany. They took up their residence in Illinois
and the father engaged in the coal business and also worked as a carpenter for some time. In February, 1880, he
removed with his family to Greene county, Iowa, where he purchased a farm, to the operation of which be devoted
his energies. He continued to reside there until his death, which occurred in 1905, when he had reached an advanced
age. His widow is still living and resides at Cooper, Iowa. She is a devout member of the Catholic church, as was
her husband, who took an active part in its work. They were the parents of five children, namely: Mrs. Maggie Myers,
of Greene county, Iowa; J. P.; Frank, who is a barber in the capitol building at Des Moines; Mrs. Ida Pittman,
who is residing at Cooper, Greene county; and Mrs. Minnie Powell, of Grand Island, Nebraska.
J. P. Haas was twelve years of age when the family removed to Greene county, Iowa, and he continued his education
in the district schools there. He remained at home until 1893, in which year be removed to Decatur county, where
he began farming on his own account. For many years he concentrated his attention upon the cultivation of land
and still owns one hundred and twenty five acres in the southwestern part of Fayette township. He also recently
purchased four hundred acres just west of Lamoni, which he operates together with his son in law, Loren Truman.
At one time he was in the hardware business in partnership with his father in law, John Hatcher, an association
that was maintained for two years. On the 31st of October, 1913, the Farmers Grain & Seed Company was organized
and Mr. Haas was made the manager of the concern. The headquarters are at Lamoni and the officers are as follows:
Eli Bayer, president; S. S. Keown, vice president; Oliver Bayer, secretary; and D. P. Steckel, treasurer. The directors
are: O. L. Weld, Robert A. Hart, John Strecker, O. M. Dew and J. S. Teale. The company is incorporated and is capitalized
at twenty five thousand dollars. It handles grains and all kinds of seed and has erected a well equipped elevator
at Lamoni. Its business has grown steadily from the start and Mr. Haas has proved an aggressive and judicious manager.
He understands all phases of the business thoroughly and is recognized as a factor in the commercial life of Lamina.
Mr. Haas was married in Greene county, Iowa, to Miss Mollie A. Hatcher, who was reared in Cooper. They have three
daughters: Flava, the wife of Loren Truman; and Myrtle and Jeannette, both at home. Mr. Haas gives his political
allegiance to the republican party and fraternally is identified with the Odd Fellows and the Yeomen. He has many
admirable traits of character and has won the respect and esteem of all who have come in contact with him, whether
in business or social relations.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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