The Valley of Heart's Delight


Mountain View Pioneer
Fremont Township

Coming to American when only sixteen years of age, William F. Hagg has by hard work and charcteristic thrift built up a fortune that has been earned by intelligent managerment and strict economy.  Born in Wittenberg,  Germany, February 4, 1868, sixteen years later he left for America to seek his fortune in the new country of greater opportunities. Arriving in California he settled in Mountain view, and for a a number of year worked on farms throughout the neighborhood.  His educational opportunites were very limited, but by practical expericence he has become an excellent manager and capable business man.

In 1902 Mr Haag was married to Miss Elise Rengstorff, a daugher of the late Henry Rengstorff, and at her father's death she inherited the home place of 167 acres on Sterling road, one and half miles north of Mountain View.  Mr. and Mrs. Haag prior to ther removal to Mountain View had lived at Los Altos and had developed a fine orchard home, but in 1911 this place was sold and they removed to the old Rengstorff homeplace.  The father, Henry Rengstorff, passed away in 1906 and the mother made her home with Mrs. Haag until her demise is 1919.  Mr. Haag rents 155 acres of the ranch to a dairy farmer, but for six years Mr. Haag ran it as a grain and hay farm.  The place is kept in fine condidtion and Mr. and Mrs. Haag are enjoying the success that has come to them through intelligent plannng and consrvative investment.  Mrs. Haag is one of a family of seven children, only three of whom are still living.  She is a prominent member of the Eastern Star lodge of Mountan View.  Mr. and Mrs. Haag are stockholders in the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Mountain view and they willingly give their support ot matters for advancement of the general good of the comunity and are enthusiastiv boosters for Santa Clara County.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 585