Joseph Haegelin, deceased, was a member of the well-known brewing firm of Ziebold & Haegelin at Atchison, Kansas. He died at his residence in that city January 25, 1893, at the age of forty-six years, ten months and twelve days, after an illness of only ten days.
Mr. Haegelin was born in Guinner, amt Staufen, Baden, Germany. in the year 1846, March 14. He learned the brewer's trade at Ettenheim, Baden, beginning an apprenticeship at the age of fourteen. In May, 1867, he emigrated to America, coming immediately west, and for two years was employed by H. Nunning, now deceased, at St. Joseph, Missouri. He left that city in 1869 to accept a position as foreman for Frank Young, who was at that time a leading brewer of Atchison and with whom he continued until 1871, when with Herman Ziebold, he bought the brewery of A. Stern. This partnership continued until the death of Mr. Ziebold and ever since that time the business has been conducted under the firm name of Ziebold & Haegelin.
The young firm immediately improved the old brewery plant and erected a new brewery, with every modern improvement then known to the trade. They were very successful and later, when Kansas adopted prohibition, the firm became famous throughout the country by the persistence with which they fought that law through every stage and phase of litigation up to and through the United States supreme court, where the case was finally decided against them. Mr. Ziebold, an active and energetic man, died at Atchison July 20, 1891.
Mr. Haegelin attended the conventions of the National Brewers' Association, of which he was a member, to the last time it was held at Washington, after which he took a pleasure trip to his old home in Germany, -- one of the very few recreations in which he indulged during his busy career. At his death he left a widow and eight children, the eldest being twenty-one years of age, the youngest six years old. His estate is valued at twenty thousand dollars.
Mr. Haegelin was a man of great energy and business ability, and his course since Kansas adopted prohibition shows his steadfastness of purpose and strength of will. All his business transactions were characterized by straightforwardness and the strictest honesty while his free-handed benevolence and his pre-eminent social instincts brought to him the regard and esteem of all classes of society. He was easily in the front rank of the most prominent German-American citizens of Kansas.