John Haack has for many years been actively engaged in fanning on section 4, Pilot township, but his birth occurred
in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. His natal day was the 15th of December, 1860, and he is a son of Peter and Catherine
(Meyer) Haack, also natives of that province. In 1866 they emigrated with their family to the United States and
settled in Moline, Illinois, where the father was employed in a sawmill for four or five years. At the end of that
time the family removed to Pilot township, Iowa county, Iowa, and for a decade the father engaged in farming rented
land. In the meantime he purchased a quarter section five miles south of Marengo, in Sumner township, but he never
resided thereon, eventually trading it in on a farm on section 4, Pilot township, where our subject is now living.
The father took up his abode upon that place after it came into his possession and gave his time to its cultivation
and to stockraising until about 1896. In that year he retired and removed to Williamsburg, where he is still living
at the advanced age of eighty one years. His wife died in 1914, when seventy eight years of age.
John Haack was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education in the district schools. He and his brother
Frederick, the only children born to his parents, remained at home and farmed the homestead in partnership with
their father until 1896, when the father took up his residence in Williamsburg and the brothers then rented the
farm, which they operated for five years, at the end of which time Frederick withdrew but for about a year continued
to reside with our subject and gave his attention to stock buying. He passed away on the 1st of November, 1901.
Mr. Haack of this review operated the farm independently after his brother's retirement from the partnership and
now owns two hundred and forty acres of the three hundred and sixty acres which comprises the homestead. However,
he farms the entire tract and gives particular attention to the raising and feeding of cattle, a business in which
he has been engaged for thirty years. He is feeding about five carloads and is recognized as one of the ablest
and most successful stock raisers in Pilot township.
On the 27th of February, 1901, Mr. Haack married Miss Minnie Arp, of Pilot township, a daughter of John Arp, one
of the early settlers of that township, where he is still residing. Mr. and Mrs. Haack have six children: Mary
C., Alice M., Harry F., Clarence, Raymond and Frederick.
Mr. Haack is a democrat in politics and is rendering able service as a member of the school board. Both he and
his wife attend the German Lutheran church, whose work they further in every way possible. His dominant traits
are industry, sound judgment and integrity and these have not only led to his success in his chosen occupation
but have also gained him the sincere respect of his fellow citizens.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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