Kaege, David (1767-1846)

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David Kaege (1767-1846) was an outstanding Mennonite farmer of Offstein, Rheinhessen, Germany. With great ingenuity he increased his paternal inheritance (Backhaushofgut), by raising anise, rape, and cabbage, besides grain, potatoes, and clover, by distilling whisky and vinegar, and by purchasing farms in the vicinity. He also owned ten Morgen of vineyard, which he cultivated by advanced methods. He was always ready to help his neighbors, friends, and relatives with advice and deed, always striving to raise the agricultural level. He urged the raising of cattle and horses. He was known for his benevolence, and was respected by all. Though he was open to the world socially and intellectually, in church affairs as deacon of the church at Heppenheim a.d.W., he opposed all innovations and with Johann Galle he resisted the progressive course of the churches in the Palatinate and Hesse, including the employment of trained, salaried preachers.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 449.

Mennonitischer Gemeinde-Kalender (1925): 39-63.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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