- SAMUEL H. HAMAN is one of the prosperous farmers of Sylvester
township, Green county,
- owning a finely improved farm of 200 acres, located within
five miles of the pleasant little city of Monroe.
- Frederick W. HAMAN, his father, was born in Saxony, Germany,
June 20, 1808, and came to
- America in his youth, settling at Reading, Penn. In 1834,
in Berks county, that State, he married Mary EDELMAN, a daughter
of Peter EDELMAN, the latter one of the early German settlers
of the county. Mr. and Mrs. HAMAN removed to Green county, Wis.,
in 1852, their family consisting of two children: Margaret C.,
Mrs. C. MEYTHALER, died in April 1899, in her fifty-ninth year;
Samuel H. is the only survivor. The death of the father took
place in Monroe in 1884, and Mrs. Mary HAMAN died in July 1885,
aged seventy-five years.
- Our subject was born in Berks county, Penn., Aug. 6, 1844,
and was reared to manhood on the
- farm in Green county, where he attended the district schools,
and where he has been engaged almost all his life. During the
war of the Rebellion he was among those who volunteered to preserve
the Union, on Aug. 10, 1862, entering Company H, 3d Wisconsin
Cavalry, under Capt. Stout; he was principally connected with
the Army of the West as a scout, being honorably discharged on
June 10, 1865, at Little Rock, Arkansas.
- Returning to his home in Sylvester township, Mr. HAMAN resumed
farming, and has attained
- great success, his fertile land, brought to a perfect state
of cultivation, his fine house, and excellent barns and buildings,
testifying to the success which has rewarded his efforts. He
is quite extensively engaged in dairying, and in 1894 built a
cheese factory on his farm, which is still in successful operation,
being liberally patronized by many of his neighbors. Although
he started in life a poor man, he has by his own efforts accumulated
possessions, and at the same time has retained the esteem of
the neighbors among whom his life has been passed.
- Mr. HAMAN's first marriage, to Miss Angeline STAUFFACHER,
of Green county, took place
- on Jan. 6, 1870. She was a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth
(SPEICH) STAUFFACHER, of Sylvester, who were born in Canton Glarus,
Switzerland, and were among the old settlers of Green county.
Seven children were born to this union: Jacob F., born in 1870,
is station agent of the Illinois Central Railroad at McConnell,
Ill.; Mary E., born in 1872, is the wife of Edward KUNDERT, a
hardware merchant of Monroe; John W., born in 1873, is studying
theology in the Evangelical College at Naperville, Ill.; Samuel
W. was born in 1876; Levi H. was born in 1878; Lydia A. born
in 1880, is a teacher in the common schools of Green county;
and George L. was born in 1883. Mrs. HAMAN died Oct. 24, 1885,
and our subject was married (second) to Miss Minnie C. SCHAFFER,
of Monroe, Wis., on Feb. 16, 1887. Mrs. HAMAN is the daughter
of Karl G. and Augustina L. (GIESE) SCHAFFER, who were natives
of Germany, and came to America about a half century ago, settling
in Monroe, where Mr. SCHAFFER followed the trade of blacksmith
for many years. Of this union have been born four children: Karl
H., in 1888; Howard M., in 1890; E. Eugene, in 1893; and Theodora
L., in 1897.
- Mr. HAMAN is a stanch and ardent Republican, and has been
called to serve in many of the local
- offices of the town, efficiently performing the duties of
school director, treasurer and member of the township board.
For thirty-seen years he has been a member of the Evangelical
Church of Juda, giving freely to every good cause, and by precept
and example testifying to the honesty of his professions. His
aim has been to thoroughly equip his children with good educations,
and he has taken a deep interest in the progress of everything
looking to the advancement of his section, being justly regarded
as one of the best citizens of Sylvester township.
- Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of
the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette, Wisconsin"
(c)1901 Union Publishing; pp. 526-527.
- Courtesy of Carol.