John Wagner

John Wagner was born in Germany May 1, 1825, a son of Andrew and Eve         
(Anderson) Wagner, both natives of Germany, the father born in 1790. His     
parents had a family of four children: Rebecca, Andrew, John and Mike; the   
two latter were twins. The father was a farmer by occupation, and served in  
the Russian War; he was a servant of King William. He died in 1855, and his  
wife in 1825, both members of the Russian Church. The immediate subject of   
this sketch was born and education in Germany, receiving a very liberal      
schooling. In choosing his occupation in life, he selected the baker's       
trade, at which he continued for three years; he then learned the weaver's   
trade, and in 1850 emigrated to the United States, coming direct to          
Arkansas. On his arrival here he had but $60. In 1865 he married Miss Martha 
Fenter, a native of Arkansas, by whom he had six children: Andrew            
(deceased), Rosa, Arto M., Willie, and two who died in infancy. His wife     
died, and he afterward married ... Rebecca Kelley ... daughter of Samuel and 
Rebecca Kelley, who bore him three children, Bismarck, Grant (deceased) and  
Lilly S. Mr. Wagner is one of the successful farmers of Caney Fork Township, 
Pike County, where he owns an extensive farm of 860 acres of land, 180 under 
cultivation. He was engaged in the mercantile business at Murfreesboro for   
twenty-two years, where he also held the offices of treasurer, assessor and  
postmaster. In 1872 he served in the Legislature of his State. He and wife   
are both members of the Church of Christ.                                    
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
County, page 344.                                                            
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