BIO_ID: 24
BORNDATE: 1835-01-01 00:00:00
BIOGRAPHY: DANIEL GAGEN, fur trader, pioneer lumberman, picturesque leader in the first Langlade County Board meeting, was born in England in 1835. In the early 60's he came to Eagle River, Wisconsin, where there was a small settlement of English and Scotchmen. Here he established a trading post and bought furs of the Indians. He engaged in logging operations during the winter. He was the first man to log on the Eagle Waters. Dan Gagen took the pick of the pine which grew on the banks of the lakes and streams and, instead of hauling them for miles, rolled them into the River of Lakes.

About the year 1877 he moved to Pine Lake (Hiles, Wis.) which was the headwaters of the Wolf River. Here he farmed and logged until about 1902 when he moved to Three Lakes, Wis. He died in November 1908, at Three Lakes Wis. His son, James Gagen, real estate dealer and abstract man, resides at Hudson street and Seventh avenue, Antigo, Wis. Dan Gagen represented Gagen township in Langlade County until that territory north of the present limits of the county was detached in 1885. His place in county history is with those other sturdy men who came into the forests of this country between 1853 and 1870. They were: Louis Montzfeldt, Hiram B. Polar, Henry Harvey, Charles Larzelere, Old Dutch Frank, David Getchell, Henry Strauss, Williard L. Ackley, and S.A. Taylor, all leaders of their time.

p. 266. History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau: Berner Bros. Publishing CO. Antigo, 1922.