Herman August Klages, an insurance and steamship agent of 513 Columbia street, Utica, was born in Fultonville,
Montgomery county, New York, and is a son of Dr. Frederick William and Dorothea Willielmine (Von Westerhagen) Klages,
he being a native of Clausthal, Hanover, Germany. Frederick William Klages, who was a physician, completed his
professional studies in Hildeshein, Hanover, and in 1844 emigrated to America to engage in practice. Upon his arrival
in this country he first located in Harlem where he followed his profession for four years. In 1848 he removed
to Fultonville, where he established an office which he maintained until 1854 at which time he settled in Utica,
where for many years he was successfully engaged in practice. Owing to an accident which he sustained he was compelled
to give up his profession in 1878, and established a fire insurance and steamship agency business, being made local
representative of some of the leading insurance companies as well as the White Star, Holland American and Red Star
steamship lines. Dr. Kiages continued to be identified with this business until his demise which occurred on the
31st of December, 1901.
Herman August Kiages was a very little lad when his parents located in Utica and he acquired his preliminary education
in the public schools of this city, after the completion of which he went to New York city where he spent two years.
From there he went to Chicago for a similar period, returning to Utica in 1880. He subsequently became associated
with his father in the business which the latter had founded and has ever since continued to be identified with
it. In 1880 they erected the building they now occupy adding a foreign exchange department to their business.
On the 1st of September, 1870, Mr. Klages was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth N. Schaefer, of this city. Fraternally
he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, being past chancellor of Samuel Reed Lodge, No. 378, K. of P., and
for two years he was trustee of the Utica Maennerchor and the Utica Turn Verein. Mr. Kiages, who has capably and
intelligently directed the business founded by his father is one of the well known and highly regarded citizens
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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