John H. Hagener
Biography

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 320, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  John H. Hagener, of the firm of Hagener & Bros., was born January 7, 1850, in Beardstown, where he has lived all his life. His father, William Hagener, was born in the kingdom of Hanover, Germany, and in 1841 he crossed to St. Louis, and upon his arrival he married Eleanora Peters, who had come over on the same vessel from the same province that he had. Shortly after their marriage they went to Beardstown, and here resided until Mr. Hagener's death, which event occurred in the fifty-eighth year of his life. Mr. and Mrs. Hagener were leaders among their class, and Mr. Hagener was instrumental in the building of the Lutheran Church, and he and his wife were among the first members of it. Mr. Hagener purchased a piece of land in 1842, which has become very valuable since that time. He followed his trade of mechanic, and later began contracting and building, and in 1861 entered into the lumber business. He continued the latter business until the time of his death. He was a good and influential man, and his loss was felt by all who knew him. His wife is still living at the age of seventy-three, but is very feeble.
  Mr. John Hagener is in a business that was established in 1875, and he and his brother do a large and thriving business in the lumber and house-furnishing supply trade, and also a large grain buying and selling business. They have a large mill and their elevator has a capacity of 50,000 bushels. They are doing a 300,000 bushel-grain business. They have warehouses at Concord, Arenzville, Browning and Hagener, and they keep local agents at the places mentioned. Their milling trade is well represented in the two leading brands of flour known as Best Patent and Four Leaf. Part of their goods are shipped to Europe. Both brothers are stockholders and directors in the First National Bank of Beardstown, and John Hagener is the vice-president, and has occupied that position ever since the bank was organized, in 1887. The bank is capitalized at $50,000 with a surplus of $20,000, and J. H. Harris is the president, and Thomas K. Condit occupies the position of cashier. Mr. John Hagener is a School Trustee and a Director in the Mutual Loan and Savings Association. He is a Republican in politics and is a hard working, industrious citizen, ready to promote anything tending to the improvement and development of his town.
  He married Miss Kate Pappmeier, of Beardstown. She was born and reared in Beardstown, and her father is in the store of Pappmeier & Sons. Mr. and Mrs. Hagener are leaders in their society, and are Lutherans in religious beliefs. They have five children, all of whom are living at home: Nora, Fred R., Emma, Lewis and Arthur.




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