HAEGELE, PATRICK (deceased). - The late Patrick Haegele, who passed away at his home in Springfield, Ill., January 11, 1905, was highly esteemed as a man of true worth and a public-spirited citizen. He was a successful business man and left a large number of sincere friends to mourn his loss. Mr. Haegele was a native of Rittenberg, Germany, born February 5, 1849, being a son of Patrick and Theresa (Swartz) Haegele, both natives of the same place. The father was a farmer by occupation, and both parents died in Germany at an advanced age. They had eight children, Patrick being the oldest, and the others were: Tillie lives in Germany; Mary, wife of John Bush of Chicago; Theresa, of Germany; Lena, wife of Leonard Schaefer, of Springfield; John, a Road Commissioner, and Bernard, a machinist, both of Springfield; Tardy, a successful farmer of North Dakota.
Mr. Haegele received his educational training in the schools of his native land and came to America in 1867. He engaged in the butcher business at Springfield, and later established a retail meat market on the corner of Sixth Street and North Grand Avenue. In 1889, he purchased a forty acre tract of pasture land near Oak Ridge Cemetery, and sixty acres five miles west of Springfield. During that year he engaged in dairy business, which he successfully conducted until his death. Soon after coming to Springfield, he erected a beautiful home on four city lots on what is now North Grand Avenue. A successful business manager, he was able to provide well for his family. He was a devout Catholic and was affiliated with SS. Peter and Paul Church, belonged to St. Paul's Society, and was a member of the Royal Neighbors and the Modern Woodmen of America, and in politics, a Democrat.
Mr. Haegele's marriage was celebrated in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Springfield, May 25, 1871, Father Yarley officiating when he was united with Elizabeth Zimmerman, a native of Germany, born July 16, 1850, daughter of Bernard and Barbara Zimmerman, also natives of that country. The Zimmerman family came to Springfield in 1866 and located there permanently. Mr. Zimmerman died in 1894 and his wife in 1891. Twelve children were born to Mr. Haegele and wife; four are deceased: Frank, born February 16, 1879, a successful farmer living eight miles west of Springfield; Carl B., employed as bookkeeper for the Scott Coal Company; Adolph, born December 4, 1896, at home; Minnie, born June 6, 1881, wife of Clyde A. Ralph, of Springfield; Anna born February 13, 1882, wife of Frank Gallenbeck, a farmer of Westport, Minn.; Frances, born February 19, 1884, wife of Henry E. Dressendorfer of Springfield; Elizabeth Barbara, born April 27, 1889, at home; Mary Rosie, born April 25, 1892, at home. Mrs. Haegele died March 1, 1911. Some years after the death of her husband, Mrs. Haegele disposed of the one hundred acre farm. She was a faithful member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and has reared her children in the same faith. She was a good mother to her children and was warmly regarded by many friends. Mrs. Haegele belonged to the Royal Neighbors and the Catholic Foresters.