Gustave H. Plagmann, a farmer living on section 19, Hilton township, is a native son of this county, born in
Sumner township on the 13th of January, 1884. Extended mention of his father, Jochim Plagmann, appears elsewhere
in this work Gustave H. Plagmann grew to manhood here and his education was that afforded by the common schools.
Upon reaching his twenty first year he rented land from his father and he and his brother Frank began operating
two farms in partnership, one in Hilton township and the other in Sumner township. The brothers carried on agricultural
pursuits together for about three years and then, as their father was unable to continue the work of the home farm,
our subject returned home and took charge of the place, which comprised three hundred and twenty acres. He operated
it for about five years and in 1910, upon the division of the estate, he purchased his present farm of one hundred
acres, on which he located December 23, 1912. He made a number of improvements thereon and his farm is said to
be the best improved one hundred acres in Iowa county. The residence is supplied with hot water heat, bath, its
own electric light plant and all other modern conveniences. The barns and sheds, which are the finest in the county,
are all painted white and planned to secure the greatest efficiency in the farm work. All of the improvements have
been made by Mr. Plagmann and his reputation for initiative and progressiveness is well deserved. Besides this
property he owns an improved farm of eighty acres in Hilton township.
On the 1st of November, 1911, occurred the marriage of Mr. Plagmann and Miss Mary Louise Hursh, a daughter of Benjamin
B. Hursh, who came to this county from New Jersey but subsequently removed to Saskatchewan, Canada, where his death
occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Plagmann have two children, Harold Elden and Dorothy Louise.
Mr. Plagmann is independent in politics, believing that the greatest good of the country requires that the yoke
of bondage to party leaders be thrown off and that the voters follow the dictates of their own judgment in casting
their ballots. He is an active member of the Presbyterian church, as is his wife, and no good cause appeals to
them in vain. He is an excellent representative of the new type of farmer that seeks to utilize the results of
scientific investigation, to place the business phases of farming upon a strictly business basis and to constantly
increase his efficiency in the work of cultivating the land and caring for stock.
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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