J. A. WAGNER, SR., farmer, Section 34, P. O., Salem, settled on present place in the fall of 1881. Has 560 acres in the home farm and 160 acres adjoining. Mr. Wagner's intention is to work into stock-breeding and raising. Mr. W. was born in Hagerstown, Washington Co., Md., June 18, 1818. His parents were old residents of that section. They moved to Illinois in 1837 and settled in Ogle County. J. A. was educated in his native State, and on the way West finished his studies at the Springfield, Ohio Academy. Was engaged in Illinois in teaching and also in farming; was also for some years engaged in fishing for market. He held the position of Town Treasurer and Collector several terms. Left Ogle County in 1881 and settled in present place. Mr. Wagner was married in Ogle County, Ill., April 13, 1843, to Miss Mary Stover, of Ogle County. They have nine children living: John A. Jr., David, Clay, Daniel, Ernest, Frank, Amanda (now Mrs. A. Fridley), Mary (now Mrs. L. W. Phillips), Mattie. Mr. W. is a member of the German Baptist Church.
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