Biography of Richard and Charles Plagmann
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Richard and Charles Plagmann, who are well known and successful farmers of Hilton township, are both natives of this county, born in Sumner township. The birth of the former occurred on the 21st of January, 1877, and that of the latter on the 1st of March, 1878. Their parents, Jochim and Dora (Steffen) Plagmann, were natives of Germany, whence the father emigrated to the United States in 1867 as a young man. The mother accompanied her parents to this country two years later when she was a girl of fifteen years. Upon his arrival in Iowa county, Iowa, the father worked as a farm hand and was so employed until his marriage, which occurred in 1875. He then bought one hundred and twenty acres of land in Sumner township, on which he resided for thirteen years. At the end of that time he purchased another farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres in Hilton township, and the family removed to that place, which he continued to operate until his demise, which occurred there on the 12th of June, 1907. He also bought a farm on section 20, Hilton township, which is now operated by his sons Richard and Charles. It originally comprised three hundred and thirty three acres, but twenty acres have been disposed of. The father was a man of indomitable energy and much business ability and acquired title to seven farms in this county, aggregating eleven hundred and forty three acres, being one of the most extensive landowners in Iowa county. In his family were the following children: Richard and Charles, of this review; Emil, a resident of Keokuk county, Iowa; Bertha, the wife of H. E. Geiger, living at Conroy; Frank, of Marengo township; G. H., of Hilton township; Minnie, at home; Henry G., of Hilton township; Edward R., at home; Arthur A., of Hilton township; and George, at home.

Richard and Charles Plagmann were educated in the public schools of the county and as boys became familiar with practical methods of agriculture. Upon reaching manhood they, with their brother Emil, bought two hundred and fifty three acres of land from their father, which they farmed in partnership, but subsequently Richard and Charles bought out the interest of Emil and later purchased an adjoining sixty acres, so that they had three hundred and thirteen acres. They also own one hundred and twenty acres, the original homestead in Sumner township. They are heavy stock feeders and derive a handsome income from their activity in that line. They have studied carefully the problems of animal husbandry and understand the proper feeding and care of stock and are always willing to utilize the discoveries of investigators who are endeavoring to solve the problems that confront stock raisers. Their farm is one of the best developed places in Iowa county and they have made all of the improvements thereon. They have erected a circular barn, eighty six feet in diameter, built of hollow blocks, which is said to be the finest barn in the western part of Iowa, and the other buildings are in keeping with this structure. The residence is thoroughly modern and is equipped with hot water heat. They believe that the farmer should have the same comforts and conveniences that the city dweller has and have spared no expense in making their home one of the model country residences of the county.

Both Richard and Charles Plagmann are democrats and take the interest of good citizens in political affairs but do not seek nor desire office. Their mother resides with them and has charge of the work of the house, and they have many friends who enjoy their hospitality. The name of Plagmann has long been held in high respect in this county and Richard and Charles Plagmann are considered two of the most energetic and progressive farmers of this county. Their example is a factor in the growth of the scientific fanning and stock raising in their locality. They are as well known for their honesty and rectitude as for their enterprise and all who have been associated with them, either in business or social relations, hold them in high esteem.

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


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