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Laage, George Joseph
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George Joseph LAAGE, born in Hopsten, Westphalia, November 26, 1819, came to this country by way of Baltimore in 1837. From there, he, with other immigrants, went overland to Pittsburgh, and then by boat to Louisville, where he remained for a short time. German workmen being in demand in an earthenware factory in Troy, Indiana, be went there to work. Later he went to Cincinnati where he learned the hatter's trade. In the course of time he became business manager of the hat works. Visiting Quincy on one of his trips, he decided to locate here, and settled in this city in 1840, buying a lot on Hampshire, between Fourth and Fifth streets. Later he opened a factory at the Quincy Bay, where he made felt hats; besides he made silk hats, caps and fur goods. . Thus he became the pioneer hatter and furrier of Quincy. In 1844 George J. LAAGE took a trip to Cincinnati where he married Elizabeth KESSING. After her death he in 1846 married Anna Katherine HEINE. For more than fifty years he was engaged in business, finally retiring. March 4, 1904, he departed this life, his wife having preceded him in death years before. One son, George J. LAAGE, Jr., located in St. Louis many years ago. There were two daughters, Mary, who remained single, and Clara, wife of Rudolph HUTMACHER, Jr., both residing in Galesburg, Illinois.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 350-351.

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