W. N. Hager Doña Ana County, New Mexico

W. N. Hager, who is engaged in real estate and ranching operations, making his home at Mesilla Park, was born in Shelbyville, Illinois, in 1859, and when but twelve years of age went to Kansas. While in that state he learned telegraphy, and in 1881 he came to New Mexico, settling at Albuquerque as operator for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He spent two years in that city, after which he went upon the road, being employed in different capacities until 1890, when he became station agent for the railroad company at Mesilla Park, filling the position acceptably for twelve years, his courtesy and consideration making him a popular official, while his devotion to the interests of the corporation was never called into question. With the money saved from his earnings he embarked in ranching and also in buying and selling hay. He is likewise engaged in real estate dealing as agent for the Rio Grande Land Company, and as its representative has erected a number of houses, which have contributed to the improvement and progress of this part of the state.

Mr. Hager was married in 1893 to Mrs. Tucker and has a son and a daughter. He is now associated with two important business interests having direct bearing upon the progress and up-building of the Territory, and at the same time they are proving a very desirable source of income to him.


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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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