Latta H. Hagen, who is a well known farmer of Burrell township, was born in that township, June 7, 1860, a son
of John and Eve (Asbach) Hagen, both natives of Germany, who upon emigrating to the United States, settled in Decatur
county, Iowa. The father served in the Austrian war and was taken prisoner and held for a long time Eventually
he made his escape with some comrades and soon afterward came to the United States. He purchased land in Burrell
township, this county, and devoted the remainder of his life to agricultural pursuits. He passed away in 1881 and
his wife died in 1865.
Latta H. Hagen was reared and educated in this county and remained at home, farming in partnership with his father
until the latter's demise. The estate was then divided and our subject received one hundred acres for his share.
He operated his farm until 1889, when he sold it and purchased eighty acres on section 34, Burrell township, which
he has since improved. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres which he rents to others and derives a gratifying
income from his land.
Mr. Hagen was married on the 30th of January, 1886, to Miss Emma Pruyn, a daughter of Theodore and Marietta (Pickle)
Pruyn, natives of New York and Illinois respectively. The father removed to Wisconsin in early manhood and farmed
there until 1882, wnen he came with his family to Decatur county, Iowa, and purchased land in New Buda township
which he operated until his demise in September, 1904. His widow is still living at Lemoni. Mr. and Mrs. Hagen
have five children: Dora, at home; Roscoe, a rural mail carrier residing in Davis City; and Anna, Ernest and Gilbert,
all at home.
Mr. Hagen is a republican and is stanch in his support of the candidates and measures of that party. He is identified
with the local lodge of Modern Woodmen of America and his church membership is held in the Reorganized Church of
Latter Day Saints He is known as a man of sterling worth, as a good citizen and as a successful agriculturist and
has many warm friends.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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