DEWALT DAGUE WAS born in 1818, in West Bethlehem township, this county, on the old Dague homestead. His youth was spent on the paternal farm, of which he assumed the entire charge upon attaining the age of manhood. Although he received but a limited education in the common schools, he afterward became a well informed man, and was possessed of exceptionally good judgment. He was very successful in business, with the faculty of accumulating property, and at the time of his death owned nearly 300 acres of excellent farming land. He was married to Delilah Swagler, daughter of Jonathan Swagler, of West Bethlehem township, and they had five children: Mrs. George Keel, Jacob, Jonathan, Thomas and Elmer E. Dewalt Dague was a Republican, and held several positions in the township, such as school director and supervisor, which offices he creditably filled for several years. He was a very useful man in the community, and was much depended upon by his neighbors in sickness and death, for he never refused to aid those in affliction and trouble. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. In 1884 many sorrowing friends followed him to the grave.
Thomas Dague, one of the rising young farmers of West Bethlehem township, was born April 3, 1857, on the old homestead in West Bethlehem township. His younger days were spent at home and in attending the common schools, but being the eldest boy in the family his opportunities in that respect were comparatively limited. However, in after years he abundantly made up for his lack of schooling by considerable application to books. At the age of twenty-three he began life for himself by working his father's farm on shares, and he has been hard working and very successful. On October 2, 1879, he was married to Ella Deems, daughter of Harrison and Catharine Deems, residents of West Pike Run township. Mrs. Dague has four sisters: Mrs. John Frederick, Mrs. Amanda Hawkins, Mrs. Stanton Luce and Jennie Deems. Mr. and Mrs. Dague have one son, Charles born August 20, 1880. Our subject is a Republican, and one of the supervisors of the township He has always taken an active interest in the politics of his township, and he and his wife are both highly respected members of the Scenery Hill Methodist Church.
ELMER ELLSWORTH DAGUE, a prominent and progressive agriculturist of West Bethlehem township, was born upon the farm which he now owns, and he received a fair education at the school known as the "Nicholl's School," in West Bethlehem township. After leaving school he followed the carpenter's trade, having a natural inclination for that kind of work. He was united in marriage with Annie Morton, and to them have been born the following named children: Walter, Bertha, Collins and Mary Josephine, all of whom are living. Mr. Dague is a Republican of no little local prominence, and enjoys the respect and esteem of a wide circle of friends.
Text taken from page 1459 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed January 1997 by Neil and Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL as part of the Beers Project.
Published January 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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