John Wagner has been a resident of DeKalb
County for over half a century, spent many industrious years as a farmer, and is now enjoying his
well merited comfort and retirement on his home
place in Franklin Township.
He was born in Germany October 8, 1842, a son
of Jacob and Elizabeth (Jacobs) Wagner. His
parents on coming to America spent a short time
in Ohio and then settled in Indiana, north of Waterloo, and their last years were spent in Franklin
Township. They were buried at Hamilton, Indiana.
Both were active members of the Reformed Church,
and the father voted as a democrat.
John Wagner is the only one of eight children still
living. He was twelve years old when he came
to this country and received most of his education
in the common schools of Germany. He began
earning his own living as a youth in DeKalb County
and has pursued a straightforward and industrious
In 1869 he married Catherine Anthony, who was
born in Stark County, Ohio, and was educated in
the district schools there. After their marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Wagner settled on a farm in DeKalb
County, and their home life was uninterrupted until
her death more than thirty years later, in 1901. Mr.
Wagner still lives on the home farm of eighty acres.
There were seven children, six of whom are still
living: Sarilla, wife of John Timbleson; Lewis;
Minnie E., wife of William Sanders, of Fort Wayne;
Charles; Clarence, who married Lottie Walter and
has five children, named Homer, Frank, Bessie, John
and Dorothy, and Vernie, wife of Glenn Moughler,
of Wilmington Township. Mr. Wagner is a democrat in politics and has served as a member of the
Township Advisory Board of Franklin Township.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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