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John Conrad
Naegle (Naile)

Pioneer, Rancher, Farmer,
Industrialist, Colonizer,
Mormon Polygamist, Patriarch
and Faithful Follower of the
Lord, Jesus Christ

Born in September 11, 1825 in Albersweiler, Bavaria, Germany, John Conrad Naegle immigrated to Indiana with his parents
in 1832. As a young man, he changed his surname from Nagle to Naile, legally changing it back to Naegle in 1873. Some of
the highlights in the life of this remarkable man include:

John Conrad Naegle married and established homes for seven wives. He was father of 29 children (18 sons and 11 daughters)
and grandfather of 144. By 1981, when this memorial plaque was erected, descendents of John Conrad Naegle (then in the 7th
generation numbered well over 15,000 persons.

This memorial plaque and historical vignette
provided by the John Conrad Naegle Ancestoral
Family Organization, June 13, 1981.

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1844joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) at age 19 and lived in Nauvoo, Illinois from 1844-1846.
1844took part in the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Winter Quarters in Council Bluffs, Iowa as a member of William
Clayton's Nauvoo Band Company. That same year, on advice from Brigham Young, he enlisted in the United States
Army, marching in the Mormon Battalion 2,000 miles across the plains and along the Mexican border to San Diego,
1847was at Sutters Mill in California when gold was discovered there, washing out gold worth several thousand dollars for
1848-1853purchased land in San Jose, California and engaged in profitable farming and stock-raising enterprises, supplying
the needs of the gold miners.
1853rented out his California farm, travelled by ship to Panama, crosses the isthmus by mule, and continued by ship to New
York City, then overland to Indiana where he was re-united with his family and married his childhood sweetheart, Mary
Louisa Kepple. With his wife, parents, and a younger brother he crossed the plains again, this time by wagon, arriving
in Salt Lake City on November 1, 1853.
1853purchased a farm in Lehi, Utah, and homesteaded two ranches west of the Jordan river. For 12 years Naegle carried out
ranching, farming, and fruit growing operations in Utah Valley. During this time he sold his California properties and
assisted financially in construction of the Salt Lake Mormon Temple. On assignment from Brigham Young he purchased
and placed into operation in the Salt Lake Valley a grist mill, a lumber mill, and a carding operation. He also provided
horse and mule teams and wagons to assist the Mormon Church in bringing immigrants across the plains to Utah.
1862expanded his ranching and horse-raising activities to Beaver, Utah and the Kaibab mountains in the Grand Canyon area.
1865was called by Brigham Young to assist in the colonization and development of Utah's Dixie, with the specific assignment
to establish vineyards and a wine industry. He moved his homes to Toquerville, and in 1866-68 constructed this large
sandstone building as the headquarters for his widespread operations. Toquerville was his home and headquarters for 24 years.
1873served a mission for the Mormon Church in Germany.
1880expanded his ranching activities and holdings to Concho, Arizona near the town of St. Johns, in Apache County.
1889when federal prosecution of Mormon polygamists made his Utah and Arizona operations difficult, Naegle moved to Mexico,
purchasing 180,000 acres of land along the Bavispe river in northern Sonora on which two Mormon colonies were
established, Morelos and Oaxaca.
1889-1899during his 10-year residence in Mexico, Naegle served as a Patriarch in the Mormon Church. He died and was
buried in Colonia Oaxaco, Sonora, Mexico on September 10, 1899.