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Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 10/3/2021 at 20:52:59

MRS, MARY NAGEL, proprietress of the prosperous and extensive brewery located on Fourteenth street, between Main and Blondeau, Keokuk, owns and occupies a fine residence on the latter street at No. 1416, which she erected in 1880. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Nagel has conducted the business successfully, and is a lady of more than ordinary intelligence and business talent.

The subject of our sketch comes from an old family of excellent German ancestry, her parents being John D. and Connie (Brakel) Maybauer, natives of Germany. They spent their entire lives in their native land, the father carrying on a successful business as a blacksmith and wagon manufacturer. He departed this life in 1847, two years after the decease of his faithful and affectionate wife. The parental household consisted of six children, only three of whom are living: John is a resident of Johnson County, Iowa; George lives in Linn County, and Mary, Mrs. Nagel in Keokuk.

Miss Mary Maybauer was united in marriage with John Nagel in 1853, at Keokuk. He was a native of the same country as herself, and came to America in the same year as his wife, 1852. After their marriage they located upon a farm in Charleston Township, Lee County, of which Mr. Nagel had become the possessor, which consisted of 120 acres and had but very few improvements. Here they established a comfortable home, but after four years sold the farm and moved into Keokuk, where for three years Mr. N. was variously engaged, after which he became connected with the brewery business, which he followed for the remainder of his life. Their household included seven children, three of whom are deceased. The living are Elizabeth, Mrs. Loffler, of St. Louis, who is the mother of three children - Charles, Edward and Dora; John is manager of the brewery in Keokuk, and associated with him is his younger brother, Charles; Amelia, the youngest of the family, now Mrs. Wooley, lives in Keokuk. The husband of our subject departed this life in 1872. He was an excellent business man and a good citizen. In politics he voted the straight Republican ticket, and socially belonged to the Druids. He was also a prominent member of the Brewers' Association.


Transcription typed/proofed as article was originally published in 1887


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