William Hauber is a native of Indiana, his birth having occurred in Clark county on the 31st of October, 1838. His parents, Frederick and Barbara (Fiechter) Hauber, were both natives of Baden, Germany, where they spent their youth and were married. In 1835 they crossed the Atlantic to the new world, landing at New Orleans, after a voyage of forty days. Thence they proceeded up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, taking up their abode in Jeffersonville, Indiana, but in 1840 removed to Andrew county, Missouri, and in 1857 became residents of Brown county, Kansas. The father pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land in Hiawatha township and continued its cultivation until his death, which occurred in 1887, when he was seventy-seven years of age. His birth occurred in 1810. His first wife died in Missouri in 1848, and he afterward married Catherine Hoffman.
William Hauber, of this review, was only two years of age when taken by his parents to Andrew county, Missouri, and since his nineteenth year he has resided in Kansas. He has therefore been a witness of much of the wonderful progress that has been characteristic in the development of this section of the commonwealth and has given an active support to the many measures, which he believed to be for the public good. When the country became involved in civil war he joined the Union army in August, 1862, and was assigned to Company E, Thirty-fifth Missouri Infantry, under Colonel Samuel A. Foster. The regiment was ordered to Arkansas and participated in the battle of Arkansas Post and Duvall's Bluff. Later he took part in the sieges of Fort Pemberton and Vicksburg and the battle of Helena, Arkansas, after which it was ordered to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Mr. Hauber remained until June, 1865, when, the war having ended, he received an honorable discharge. His two brothers, John and Charles, who were members of the Thirteenth Kansas Infantry, died while in the service.
After being mustered out, Mr. Hauber, of this review, returned to Brown county, Kansas, and began farming. In 1868 he purchased railroad lands to the amount of one hundred acres and began to improve the property, transforming the wild tract into rich and fertile fields. He added to his farms in Hiawatha and Mission townships from time to time until his landed possessions aggregated three hundred and eight acres, which constitutes one of the valuable farming properties of the locality. He has made excellent improvements upon the place, including the erection of a beautiful residence and splendid barns and outbuildings. He is also engaged in the raising of hogs and cattle, and in both branches of his business has met with good success, for he conducts his business with energy and in a most capable manner.
In 1870 occurred the marriage of Mr. Hauber and Miss Lizzie Maylott, a daughter of John and Catherine (Meisenheimer) Maylott, of a prominent old family of Brown county. They now have seven children, all sons, namely: John F., George E., Martin H., Daniel C., Oscar, Walter B. and Charles L. Mr. Hauber is a member of Hiawatha Post, No. 130, G. A. R., and his faithful service when he "wore the blue" was but an indication of the fidelity which has characterized his discharge of all the duties of citizenship that devolved upon him. He is known as an industrious, honorable representative of the agricultural interests of Brown county, and one of the most respected adopted sons of the United States.
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