James Hahesy, a representative, progressive and enterprising agriculturalist of
Milo township, owns and operates a farm of one hundred and forty acres on
section 6. His birth occurred In Ireland on the 15th day of May, 1856, his
parents being William and Bridget (Holihan) Hahesy, who were likewise natives of
that country. In 1862 they crossed the Atlantic to the United States and took up
their abode in Prairie township, Delaware
county, Iowa, here spending the remainder of their lives. They had seven
children, four of whom survive.
James Hahesy, who was a little lad of six years when brought to this country
attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained with
his parents until their deaths. He then disposed of the home farm and purchased
a tract of one hundred and forty acres on section 6, Milo township the operation
of which has claimed his time and energies continuously since. Mr. Hahesy
carries on general farming and also conducts a dairy, meeting with excellent
success in both branches of his business. His place is well improved in every
particular and is situated within a mile and a half of Manchester. He may truly
be called a self made man, for his prosperity has come as the direct and
deserved reward of untiring energy and intelligently directed effort.
In 1893 Mr. Hahesy was united in marriage to Miss Johanna Penny, a native of
Jackson county, Iowa, and a daughter of James and Elizabeth Penny, who were born
in Ireland and Pennsylvania respectively. Our subject and his wife had ten
children, as follows: Katherine, Mary, William H., Margaret, Agnes, John J.,
Edward J., Percy, Thomas and Irene Josephine. The wife and mother died in June,
1910, and was laid to rest in Manchester Catholic cemetery.
Mr. Hahesy gives his political allegiance to the democracy, but
has never sought nor desired office as a reward for his party fealty. The period
of his residence in Delaware county covers more than a half century, and he has
long been numbered among its prosperous agriculturists and respected citizens.