Biography of John Wagner
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This leading farmer of Pleasant township, Henry county, comes from the Fatherland, and the most creditable characteristics of the Teutonic race have been marked elements in his life, having enabled him to win success in the face of opposing circumstances. He possesses the energy and determination which mark the people of Germany, and by the exercise of his powers he has steadily progressed, not only winning a fair competence, but commanding universal respect by his straightforward business methods.

Mr. Wagner was born in Prussia, November 30, 1833, and when a lad of seventeen years he accompanied his parents on their emigration to America, first locating in Avon, Lorain county, Ohio, whence they removed to Henry county in 1862. Both died in Pleasant township. Our subject continued a resident of Lorain county until January 28, 1881, when he, too, came to Henry county and located upon the farm in Pleasant township, where he still lives. Prior to his marriage he followed the lakes for seven years; but since then he has successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits, and now has a fine farm of one hundred and twenty acres, improved with good buildings and under a high state of cultivation.

In January, 1860, in Lorain county, Mr. Wagner married Miss Helena Kiefer, who was born in Germany, August 5, 1833, and died October 15, 1878. To them were born twelve children, namely: Emma, who was born December 1, 1861, and is now the wife of Michael Limbaugh; Douglass; Katie, wife of Frederick Oakley; Jacob; Mary, who wedded Joseph Traxier, and died at Leipsic, Ohio, July 31, 1895; John; Joseph; Maggie, wife of John Mangus; Josephine, wife of Wendell Oakley; Mathias; Peter; and Lena, who died at the age of fifteen years.

Mr. Wagner was again married, this time in 1883, in Henry county, to Mrs. Anna Mary Laubenthal, who was born in Germany, September 20, 1830, and came to America in 1846. On November 19, 1849, in Lorain county, Ohio, she gave her hand in marriage to Adam Laubenthal, who died in Putnam county, this State, March 10, 1877. By this union she had eleven children, namely: Mary, Gertrude, Peter, Mathias, John, Frank, William, Frederick, Michael, Adam W., and Joseph M. She died January 23, 1898.

Since coming to Henry county, Mr. Wagner has become prominently identified with its public affairs, and is recognized as one of its valued and useful citizens. He has been elected a member of the board of education, served as its president one year, is treasurer of the Pleasant Township Oil Company, and for several years has been presiding judge of election in that township. For three years he served as township trustee. Since casting his first vote he has been identified with the Democratic party, and in local political affairs has always taken a prominent and active part. In religious belief he is a Catholic, and Church work also receives much attention from him.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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