A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
WILLIAM C. JAEGER. The average state capital is usually found subordination
industrialism and commerce to its function as a governmental center and
attractive place of residence but Iowa's fair capital city constitutes a
significant exception to this rule, for it has standing as one of the important
centers of manufacturing and commercial enterprise in the Hawkeye State, with no sacrifice of its prestige as the seat of government of this commonwealth. Among the well ordered industries that have contributed much to the precedence of Des Moines is the Jaeger Manufacturing Company, of which William C. Jaeger is the president.
Mr. Jaeger was born in Burlington, Iowa, December 25, 1865, and is a son of
John and Frances (Fitter) Jaeger, both natives of Germany, where they were
reared and educated and where John Jaeger served an apprenticeship that made him a skilled artisan at the trade of shoemaker. The parents came to the United States in 1840, and for a time John Jaeger followed his trade in Louisville, Kentucky. He then gained pioneer honors in Iowa, where he was long engaged in the work of his trade in the City of Burlington, both he and his wife having there continued their residence until their death and both having passed the seventieth milestone on the journey of life. Of their family of six sons and six daughters two of the sons and three of the daughters are living: Mrs. Emma Flynn still resides in Burlington, where her husband is employed in the shops of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad; Mrs. Tillie Wolf resides at Davenport, this state, where her husband is an estimator for the Rock Island Sash & Door Company; William C., of this sketch, is next younger; Mrs.
Lydia Myers resides in Burlington, where her husband is superintendent of boiler shops; and Carl is employed in railroad shops in his native City of Burlington. The parents were earnest members of the Lutheran Church, and the father was a Republican in politics.
The public schools of Burlington afforded William C. Jaeger his youthful
education, and he was but thirteen years of age when he began working in a
furniture factory in that city. At the age of eighteen years he came to Des
Moines and found employment in the furniture factory of L. Harback. He was thus
engaged seven years, and he then became associated with others in establishing the Des Moines Cabinet Company, the factory of which occupied the present site of the City Hall. After being connected with this company three years Mr. Jaeger formed a partnership with A. Anderson in the ownership and operation of what was known as the East Side Planing Mill. Three years later Mr. Jaeger assumed full ownership and control of this business, which he continued in the original location until 1913, when he removed the plant to the corner of Vine and West Eighth streets, where the business has since been successfully continued under the corporate title of Jaeger Manufacturing Company. Mr.
Jaeger being president and general manager, three of his sons being now associated with him in the business and providing efficient executives and coadjutors. This corporation now controls a substantial and well ordered business in the manufacturing of store fixtures of high grade, products being shipped into all sections of the Union and all being manufactured to order, with no
attention given to manufacturing of regular stock fixtures. Recently the company has completed important equipment contracts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana, and the wide ramifications of the business make it contribute definitely to the industrial and commercial prestige of Des Moines. Mr. Jaeger has proved a reliable and thorough-going business man, and has won success entirely through his own ability and efforts.
His political alignment is with the Republican party, and he and his wife are zealous communicants of the Lutheran Church, in which he is serving as a deacon. He was for many years a member of the Board of Directors of the East Side
In 1889 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Jaeger and Miss Susanna Juon, who
was born in Switzerland, and who was five years of age when the family came
to the United States and established residence in Polk County, Iowa, where
her father, Christian Juon, became a prosperous farmer and where both he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives. William J., eldest of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jaeger, was born and reared in Des Moines, as were also the younger children, and he is now an executive officer with the Jaeger Manufacturing Company; Lydia is the wife of C. A. Snyderm who is manager of the Roberts Sash & Door Company in the City of Chicago; Albert and Carl are associated actively with their father and their older brother in the Jaeger Manufacturing Company; Louise is the wife of Samuel Marsh, who is general manager of an electrical company in California; and Richard, youngest of the children, is, in 1929, a student in the Capital City
Commercial College of Des Moines.
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