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Wagner, James 1875


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 5/12/2015 at 09:39:58


Jackson township has its full quota of progressive farmers who have contributed in substantial measure to the upbuilding and development of the county. Among their number is James Wagner, now living on section 3, where his time and energies are fully occupied with the care and further improvement of a farm of one hundred and thirteen acres, which presents a neat and attractive appearance and is a visible evidence of his life of well directed thrift. Mr. Wagner is a native of Iowa, born in Spillville in 1875, a son of Antone and Catherine Wagner, natives of Bohemia. They came to America in 1872 and located in the vicinity of Spillville, where the father turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, developing a fine farm, upon which he resided until he retired from active life, moving to Fort Atkinson, where he now resides. In this family were six children: Mary, the wife of Frank Martinek, of Calmar, Iowa; John, of Jackson Junction; Frank, living in Ridgeway; Joseph, who makes his home in Fort Atkinson; Charles, who resides in Spillville; and James, of this review.

The last named spent his childhood upon his father*s farm near Spillville and at an early age had mastered the details of farm operation, dividing his attention during his youth between his duties at the district school and work upon the home property. When he was thirty years of age he purchased one hundred and thirteen acres of land on section 3, Jackson township, and upon this fine property has since continued, carrying on general farming and stock-raising, success steadily attending his well directed labors. He has made substantial improvements upon the place, erecting a new and modern residence and fine barns and outbuildings, none of the accessories of a model farm being lacking. In all of his business dealings Mr. Wagner has shown good judgment and marked enterprise and has made all of his efforts count to the utmost, utilizing every opportunity to the best advantage.

On the 30th of October, 1905, Mr. Wagner was united in marriage to Miss Mary Schedestka, and to their union have been born three children: Mary; James, who has passed away; and Clarence. Mr. Wagner is a member of the Catholic church and gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He is a man of high moral character, industrious and enterprising and his honesty and uprightness have always merited for him the confidence and respect of his neighbors.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark Publishing Company 1913


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