HON GEORGE V HAGAMAN
Since 1867 Mr. Hagaman has been a resident of Doniphan county and has figured conspicuously in business and political circles as a representative citizen whose devotion to the public good is above question. He is now successfully carrying on agricultural pursuits in Wayne township and at the same time is prominent in political circles. A native of West Virginia, he was born in Berkeley county on the 6th of May, 1845, the same year in which Texas was admitted into the Union. His father, M. Hagaman, was born in Pennsylvania and was of German lineage. Having arrived at years of maturity he married Miss Elizabeth A. Couchman, who was born in West Virginia and was also of German descent. During the early boyhood of our subject they removed to Indiana and for many years Mr. Hagaman has been a resident of Doniphan county, his home being now in Highland. He is seventy-nine years of age and is one of the respected and honored old settlers of the community. His wife died in December, 1861. She was a lady of many excellent qualities, who reared her children with conscientious regard to their future welfare, instilling into their minds lessons of industry and honor, which have proved of incalculable benefit to them in later life. In their family were five children, namely: George V., of this review, Mary, Joseph, Ella and Nettie.
Hon. George V. Hagaman, whose name heads this sketch, was only four years of age when the family removed to Indiana and accordingly he spent his youth on a farm in the Hoosier state, where he early became familiar with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He obtained his literary education in the public schools and added to his knowledge by practical experience in the affairs of life. During the civil war he joined the Union army as a member of the boys in blue of Company A, One Hundred and Fifty-first Indiana Infantry, with which he served until the stars and stripes were victoriously planted on the capitol of the Confederacy. He then received an honorable discharge and returned to his home.
In 1867 Mr. Hagaman was united in marriage to Miss Anna M. Wyncoop, a lady of culture and refinement, who has proved to her husband a faithful companion and helpmeet on the journey of life. She was born in Pennsylvania, but was reared and educated in Indiana and is a daughter of David Wyncoop, a prominent and well-to-do citizen of Atchison. She has two brothers, who are leading and popular citizens of Wayne township, Doniphan county, where they enjoy the respect and confidence of all who know them. Unto our subject and his wife have been born six children: Cora May, Maud, Pearl and three sons who died in childhood.
In 1867 Mr. Hagaman came to Doniphan county and is here the owner of a very valuable farm, comprising one hundred and sixty-five acres of rich and arable land. By well-kept fences it is divided into pasture and meadow land and fields for cultivation. There is a good residence upon the place, large barns and cribs and other necessary outbuildings. Water is supplied to the place through the motive power of a windmill. There is an excellent orchard and a beautiful grove, all which add to the value and attractiveness of the place. He raises good crops and keeps on hand a large number of cattle for dairy purposes, being one of the stockholders of the creamery at Bendena. His business is carried on along lines of progress and advancement and he is accounted one of the most progressive and successful agriculturists of his community. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party and is active and zealous in his advocacy of the principles and in support of his friends who seek office. His own worth and ability have frequently led to his selection for political honors. He has served in different township offices and in 1880 and 1881 represented his district in the state legislature, where he gave a loyal and conscientious support to all measures which he believes to be of public benefit. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and in that fraternity, as in all other walks of life, enjoys the confidence and respect of those with whom he is associated. his success may be attributed entirely to his own efforts and is therefore well merited.