Biography of Latta H. Hagen
Decatur County, IA Biographies





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.

From:
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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