B. H. Hakes, of Williamsburg, who accumulated three hundred and sixty acres of land but has now disposed thereof
to his son, is living retired, enjoying the fruit of his former labor. His birth occurred in Peoria county, Illinois.
on the 1st of February, 1846, and he is a son of William A. and Priscilla (Philips) Hakes, natives of the state
of New York, who in 1845 located in Peoria county, Illinois. The father purchased land and to the cultivation of
his property devoted his energies until he was called by death. His wife has also passed away. Three of their five
B. H. Hakes began providing for his own support at the early age of ten years by working upon neighboring farms.
In the spring of 1865, when nineteen years of age, he came to Iowa county, Iowa, and worked as a farm hand for
three years, after which he bought land in Hilton township, upon which he resided until 1910. He added to his original
purchase and became the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of excellent land which he has since sold to his
son. Since 1910 he has lived retired, and none begrudges him the leisure which he enjoys as it has been most worthily
won. While actively engaged in agricultural pursuits he made a specialty of raising hogs and shorthorn cattle of
In 1867 Mr. Hakes married Miss Elizabeth Ramley, who was born in West Virginia. Her parents, John and Anna (Rodgset)
Ramble, were both born in Virginia but in 1855 came to Iowa county, Iowa, and located upon a farm which subsequently
came into the possession of the father. Both passed away in this county. They were the parents of six children
who grew to maturity but only two survive. Mr. and Mrs. Hakes have become the parents of five children, namely:
Anna E., the wife of W. W. Lenker, of South Dakota; William R., who resides on the homestead; Mary D., who gave
her hand in marriage to O. G. Jones, of Williamsburg; Charles, deceased; and Cora E., the wife of R. L. Evans,
of North English.
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Hakes has supported the republican party but has never
sought public office in reward for his fealty. Both he and his wife attend the Presbyterian church and support
all measures that have as their object the advancement of the community welfare.
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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