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Title: James S. Wagner
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There is little that interests one more than to observe how different men begin and continue the duties of life. Some commence in hesitation and seem to be deterred at every obstacle they encounter. Others begin boldly, but after a time show by some defect in execution that they have not properly mastered their tasks. Still others commence with steady grasp of the situation and show by their subdequent accomplishments that they have compassed the problem of life. To the last class success always come and they are the men who leave behind them good names and properties honorably won in life's struggle.

James S. Wagner, a successful and enterprising farmer of Medina township, Warren county, Indiana, was born on April 9, 1869. His parents, William Thomas and Margaret (Turman) Wagner, were also natives of Warren county. The father, born October 3, 1836, died August 23, 1900, while the mother, born May 27, 1871, aged sixty-seven years. Upon his emigration from Germany, the grandfather came direct from New York city to Warren county, Indiana, where he entered government land, which he cleared and developed into a good farm. On this place he remained until his death. The subject's parternal great-grandparents were Simon G. and Agnes Wagner, the first named dying on August 23, 1840, at the age of sixty-seven years, his wife dying on June 30, 1843, at the age of sixty-nine years. An uncle of the subject, Gen. George D. Wagner, was a noted military officer during the civil war, his death occurring on February 13, 1869. To William Thomas and Margaret Wagner were born the following children: Simon A., who died on February 18, 1857; Frances Rebecca became the wife of John Harmon, of Adams township, Warren county; John F., of Danville, Indiana; George H., now deceased, was a resident of North Powder, Oregon; Alta Belle, who was the wife of Solon Cowgill, is now deceased; James S. is the subject of this sketch; LIzzie Linn is the wife of Charles Ritenour, of Dayton, Indiana. William T. Wagner was a stanch Republican in his political faith, though never an office seeker. Fraternally, he was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and his religious membership was with the Methodist Episcopal church.

James S. Wagner secured a good practical education in the common schools of his home community and when old enough he gave assistance to the work of the farmstead. He has always followed agricultural pursuits and his efforts have been rewarded with a due measure of success. He owns seventy-five acres of the old homestead, the land having been in the Wagner family for three generations. On this place Mr. Wagner carries on general farming operations, raising all the crops common to this locality, and also giving some attention to the raising of live stock, in both of which lines he has found a fair profit.

On December 24, 1890, Mr. Wagner was united in marriage with Lizzie Umholts, the duaghter of Harvey and Jane (Ambler) Umholts. These parents were natives of Ohio, and the father, who was a soldier of the Civil war, died of small-pox in 1882. Harvey and Jane Umholts were the parents of eight children, namely: Martha, deceased; Henry, deceased; John, of Earl Park, Indiana; Sidney, of Independence, Indiana; Lizzie, wife of the subject; Jessie became the wife of Clinton Ogborn; Harvey, of Chicago, and May, who became the wife of John Benson.

Mr. and Mrs. Wagner are the parents of four children, namely: Lucy May, the wife of Ray H. Allen, of Danville, Illinois; Ruth, Charles Fletcher and Fairy are at home.

Politically, Mr. Wagner is a Republican and he has served as supervisor of his township, being the present trustee. To his official duties he is giving the same careful attention as he does to his private business affairs, thus he is earning the approbation of the public. He has always taken much more than a passing interest in the things that had for their object the general improvement of the community and county. He is a very able and successful farmer, has won his present prosperity by his own exertions, and has the confidence and respect of his neighbors to a pronounced degree.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00000948
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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