George A. Wagner for a number of years has been identified in a progressive and enterprising way with the agricultural affairs of Franklin Township, DeKalb County, is a native of that township, but for a considerable period of his lifetime lived in the West and laid the basis of his fortune as a farmer there.

He was born in Franklin Township September 7, 1867, a son of Fred and Maria (Healy) Wagner. His father was born in Germany February 14, 1834, was educated there, and at the age of twenty came to the United States and settled in Ohio and later moved to DeKalb County. He married in DeKalb County and then settled on a farm in Franklin Township, where he lived out his industrious career until his death on August 2, 1902. His widow survived him until February 8, 1914. He was a Dunkard in religion and a democrat in politics. There were six children: Lena, wife of J. E. Firestone; Ada, wife of John Rohrbaugh ; George A. ; Cora, wife of Ora Hiner; Essie, wife of Luther Bryan; and Jesse, of Butler.

George A. Wagner grew up in Franklin Township. He was educated in the district schools and at the age of nineteen left home and went out to the states of Nebraska and Kansas, where he spent altogether thirteen years. He acquired a quarter section homestead and after developing and improving that bought 160 acres more. After selling his lands in the West he returned to DeKalb County and bought the forty acre farm where he lives today.

In 1904 Mr. Wagner married Kate Chambers. She was born in Wisconsin May 10, 1864, but came to Indiana with her parents at the age of six years and was reared in Steuben County, attending school at Fremont. She was one of the nine children, seven of whom are still living, of Nicholas and Mary J. (Noyes) Chambers.

Mr. Wagner is a past grand of Butler Lodge No. 282 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is also a member of the Encampment, and he and his wife are affiliated with the Rebekah Lodge at Butler. They are also members of the Wilmington Grange, of which he is a past master. For some years he has been prominent in the democratic party in DeKalb County, has served as a member of the election board and has also been a township supervisor. He is a trustee of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Butler.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)



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