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RG3408.AM:  Augustus Theodore Haase, 1835-1920

Papers:  1870-1896

Dakota City, Dakota County, Neb.:  Builder; city official

Size:  0.75 cu.ft.


Augustus Theodore Haase, born in Hanover, Germany, on May 5, 1835, came to the United Sates in 1848 and settled first in Virginia where he learned the carpenter trade beginning in 1850. He moved to Dakota City, Nebraska, on June 12, 1858, to pursue his trade. He became a reputable builder and contractor for Dakota City and the surrounding area. He constructed the first Lutheran Church at Dakota City in 1860, and built the Dakota County Courthouse, 1870-1871. Mr. Haase was treasurer of Dakota City for twenty-five years, a member of the Dakota City Improvement Company, president of the Pioneers and Old Settlers Association, and chairman of the committee in charge of the Dakota County exhibit at the Sioux City, Iowa, corn palace in 1890. He was a founder and trustee of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dakota City. Haase married Louisa Eckhart on December 8, 1864. They had a daughter, Mrs. D.M. Neiswanger, and two sons, George H. and Frank F., both of Emerson, Nebraska. Mr. Haase died on August 27, 1920.


This collection of the papers of Augustus T. Haase, consisting of two folders and several oversize items, is arranged in four series: 1) Drawings and Specifications; 2) Maps; 3) Records of the Phoenix Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut, 1893-1896; and 4) Miscellany, 1870-1892. The bulk of this collection consists of architectural drawings and specifications for buildings in Dakota City, Nebraska and Sergeant Bluffs, Iowa. Also included are a plat map of Dakota City, Nebraska, n.d., as well as a map of the Dakota City cemetery. In the records of the Phoenix Life Insurance Co. of Hartford, Connecticut are application forms and instructions for agents. Among the miscellany are an account book for caskets, probably kept by Haase, and a letter describing the construction of beehives written to C.L. Eckhart.


Series 1 – Drawings and Specifications

Oversize folder

Architectural drawings and specifications, n.d. (19 items) including:

Drawings for residence of George Westcott, Dakota City (some signed by F.L. Clark, Architect, Covington, Nebraska)

Plans for Dakota County Courthouse

Plans for an office desk

Specifications for house of Mr. Woodford at Sergeant Bluffs, Iowa

Series 2 – Maps, n.d.


  1. Plat map of Dakota City, Nebraska, and surrounding area (see oversize)

  2. Map of plots in cemetery, Dakota City, Nebraska (see oversize)

Series 3 – Phoenix Insurance Company (Hartford, Connecticut), 1893-1896



  1. Instruction Book of the Phoenix Insurance Company, Hartford Connecticut, 1893

    Notice of rates for tornado insurance, 1896

    Application forms

Series 4 – Miscellany, 1870-1892

  1. Account book of caskets and robes, 1883-1891

    Letter on construction of beehives, 1870

    Deed to plot in Dakota City cemetery assigned to William Dierking, Sr., May 11, 1892



Architects — Nebraska

Architectural drawings

Cemeteries — Nebraska — Dakota City

Clark, Frederick L.

Dakota City (Neb.) — History

Dierking (Sr.), William

Germans in Nebraska

Haase, Augustus Theodore, 1835-1920

Phoenix Life Insurance Company (Hartford, Connecticut)

Sargeant Bluffs (Iowa) — History

Westcott, George


APD/ct   07-16-1975

Encoded TMM   04-13-2010