John Hoaglund -- Born 22 May 1832 -- Died 23 Jan 1911
ANOTHER PIONEER GONE
Died, at his home in our city on Monday afternoon about one o'clock John Hoaglund at the advanced age of 79 years. Death resulting partially from diabetes and from a fall on the street as chronicled in our last issue. He was born in Varmland, Sweden, on May 22nd, 1832, emigrating to this country in 1865 and located in Fayette County, and coming to Crawford County in 1869 locating at the old homestead now owned by Nels Larson. In 1886 he moved to Arthur, Iowa, and entered upon the mercantile business, remaining there until 1902 when he came to our city and built a store, the business was run under the name of J. Hoaglund & Son. Old age compelled him to retire from active business and he spent these last few years leisurely.
His wife died four years ago this fall. He leaves 2 children and thirteen grandchildren to mourn him. He was a man of generous impulses, loved and respected by all, uniting sound sense with strong convictions and a candid outspoken temperamentally fitted to mould the rude elements of pioneer society into form and consistence, and aid in raising a high standard of citizenship in our young and growing state. How much our community owes him and such as he, it is impossible to estimate though it would be a grateful task to trace his influence through some of the more direct channels, to hold him up in the degenerate days, in his various characters of husband and father, and neighbor and friend, to speak of the sons and daughters he has reared to perpetuate his name and emulate his virtues. But it comes not within the scope of this brief article to do so. Suffice it to say, he lived nobly and died peacefully.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Baptist Church at one o'clock, conducted by Reverends A. J. Youngberg and A. Anderson.