Biography of Francis J. Hagenbarth
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FRANCIS J. HAGENBARTH
Francis J. Hagenbarth is of Austrian ancestry. in which country his grandfather on his maternal side was one of the imperial judges of the city of Vienna and prominent in the professional circles there. His paternal grandfather was also prominently identified in business and was a successful brewer, and thins industry his son, father of Frank took up and located in the inter-mountain country, having a very extensive business in Denver, Virginia City. Salt Lake City, and throughout the inter-mountain States. He settled first in Wisconsin in 1859, the possibilities of which State were at that time attracting the attention of men who had the courage to brave the hardships and privations of pioneer life and the intelligence to foresee the promising future of a section of our country so rich in natural advantages. Having received a military training in his native land, and being a man of patriotic impulses, Mr. Hagenbarth, shortly after the breaking out of the Civil War, was instrumental in raising a company for service on the Union side. He served as captain of the Ninth Wisconsin Regiment of Volunteers during the period of hostilities, and won honorable distinction. He died at Loon Creek, Idaho, in 1870, and his widow, Catherine Hagenbarth, subsequently married the late J. D. Wood, who was an Idaho pioneer widely known, highly respected and successful in the mining and livestock business in the intermountain region.

Francis J. Hagenharth was born at Leesburg. Lemhi County, Idaho, and was favored by a liberal education by his step father by whom he was much beloved He took a course in mining and engineering at Notre Dame University in Indiana. and upon his graduating he entered the employ of the Salmon River Smelting Company of Clayton, Idaho, as mining engineer, and in 1897 he accepted a similar position at Custer, Idaho.

The following year he left the mining profession and entered the live stock business in Idaho and Montana, in which industry he rapidly rose to a leading position, becoming vice president and general manager of the Wood Live Stock Company In 1902 he bought the Palomas Ranch in Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico, in association with J. D. and H. C. Wood and W. S. McCornick, and organized the Wood-Hagenbarth Cattle Company, owning 2,500,000 acres of land and about 37,000 head of cattle, and he was made vice president and general manager. In 1903 Mr. Hagenbarth was elected president of the National Live Stock Association at Portland, Oregon. succeeding Hon. John W. Springer, of Denver, and he was subsequently reelected in 1904 for a second term. Mr. Hagenharth declined the tendered honor of a reelection to that important office. Mr. Hagenharth took an active interest in protecting the wool interests of Idaho during the discussion of the Wilson Tariff Bill in 1902-1909, and has always been a moving spirit in all the activities of his time, although he never occupied a political position excepting the office of Labor Commissioner in Idaho in 1903-4, and as a Presidential elector from Idaho in 1905.

He is a director of the Daly-West Mining Company of Park City, president of the Yerington Consolidated Copper Company vice president and member of the Executive Committee of the Continental Life Insurance and Investment Company, and president of the Western Securities Company, of Salt Lake.

The Wood Live Stock Company is the largest wool growing company in the United States. It was this company which originated the shipment of lambs in large quantities from the Western ranges to the Eastern markets. It is also the only company in this country which grades its wool on the range on the Australian plain, so that the product goes directly from the sheep's back into the woolen mills. The Wood Live Stock Company installed the first plant in the United States for the shearing of sheep by machinery and many innovations hi the handling of mutton were introduced by Mr. Hagenharth. The annual product of the Wood Live Stock Company is upwards of $500,000. Mr. Hageenbarth is prominently and favorably known in social life, as he is in the business world. He is a member of the University, Alta, Country and Commercial Clubs of Salt Lake City, and of the Athletic Association of Chicago. Jonathan Club of Los Angeles, Toltec Club of El Paso, Texas, the Y. M. C. A. of Salt Lake, and the Rocky Mountain Club of New York.

He was married at Melrose. Montana. to Miss Mary A. Browne daughter of General James A, Browne. one of Montana's oldest pioneers. They have four children, Mary Catherine. David, Catherine and Francis Hagenbarth.

At this time Mr. Hagenbarth is president and manager of the Wood Live Stock Company, president of the Wood-Hegenbarth Cattle Company. president of the J. D. Wood Company. and vice president and director of the Union Stock Yards, Portland, Oregon.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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