Posted By: Jean Kramer (email)
Date: 3/29/2004 at 16:00:21
Biography reproduced from page 666 of Volume II of the History of Kossuth County written by Benjamin F. Reed and published in 1913:
Theodore Haase is one of the industrious and prosperous farmers of Fenton township, Kossuth county, Iowa, and owns and operates one hundred and twenty acres of well improved and valuable land near the village of Fenton. Mr. Haase is a native of Iowa, his birth having occurred in Kossuth county, April 5, 1875. He is of German ancestry, his father, John Haase, having been born and reared in the fatherland. He came to the United States when he was a young man and settled immediately in Iowa, where he took up a homestead claim of eighty acres which he improved and cultivated. He added to his holdings from time to time and now owns a half section of land. He is now living retired after an active, useful and honorable life and makes his home with his children.
Theodore Haase received his primary education in the common schools of his native district and supplemented this by a term in the schools of Charles City. His early life was identified with agricultural pursuits as an assistant to his father in the work of the farm. He was married in 1896 and in that year started on an independent agricultural career. He bought the tract of land on section 20, Fenton township, where he now resides and began the development of this property which was then only slightly improved. He built a comfortable house upon the land, erected granaries and outbuildings, and in 1911 completed one of the finest barns put up on the section. He has fenced his property into convenient fields and he has his land well tiled and drained. A portion of his acres is under cultivation in timber and orchard trees and some of it affords pasture for large herds of high-grade cattle and horses. He also specializes in the breeding of hogs for market. He does some dairying and sells his product to the Fenton Creamery Company in which he is a stockholder. In 1900 Mr. Haase rented a portion of his holdings in order to move with his family to Oklahoma on account of his failing health. Here they located upon a farm in Canadian county near El Reno, where they resided for one year. In 1901 Mr. Haase had entirely regained his health and returned to Kossuth county where he has since been actively carrying on the work of his farm. Besides his farm interests he is also a stockholder in the Farmers Elevator at Fenton and the Fenton Opera House.
On November 4, 1896, Mr. Haase was married to Miss Anna Widdel, a native of Black Hawk county, Iowa. Mrs. Haase is of German parentage and spent her early life in Black Hawk and Kossuth counties. She and her husband are the parents of three children: Clarence, who is assisting his father in the operation of the farm; and Harry and Leonard.
Politically Mr. Haase is identified with the democratic party and has served as township clerk for many years. He was appointed to this position in order to fill a vacancy and after two years’ efficient and capable service was elected to succeed himself and has now been four years in office. His remarkable legible handwriting and his active and energetic mind well qualified him for this position and his success was immediate and has been continuous. Mr. Haase is a careful and conservative business man, and an active public-spirited citizen. He has lived his entire life in Fenton township and is identified with the growth and development of the section. He is a member of the homestead and Yeoman fraternal societies and with Woodmen. He has been successful by reason of his early familiarity with farming in all its methods of operation. He possesses a shrewd and conservative mind, a capacity for detail work, combined with a comprehensive grasp of modern agriculture and a knowledge of the best methods of farm cultivation.
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