Kansas History and Heritage Project- Marshall County

Marshall County Biographies


Louis I. Wagner, a well-known and successful farmer and stockman of Summerfield. Marshall county, was born in Franklin county, Indiana, on February 8, 1871, being the son of Jacob and Eliza (Crusa) Wagner.

Jacob Wagner was born in Germany in 1840 and there received his education in the public schools and grew to manhood. As a young man he came to the United States and located in Indiana, where he was married. He and his wife established their home in Franklin county, Indiana, where they continued to reside until 1880. when they came to Kansas. Here Mr. Wagner purchased two hundred and forty acres of land, which is now owned by the son, Louis J. The tract at that time was wild prairie and unimproved. A frame house was built and the task of development was at once begun. After four years of active life on his new farm, Mr. Wagner died in 1884. Eliza Wagner, who was born in Indiana in 1840, is now living a retired life in Summerfield, Kansas. She and Mr. Wagner were the parents of the following children: Harry, Louis J., Charles P., John, William and Edward. Harry is now deceased; Charles P. is engaged in general farming and stock raising on his excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Richland township; John also owns a farm in Richland township, of one hundred and sixty acres and is a well-known farmer and stockman; William is engaged in the jewelery business at Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Edward lives at Summerfield.

Jacob Wagner was twice married, and to his union before he married Eliza Crusa were born three children as follow: Todd, Katherine and Addie. Todd resides in Des Moines, Iowa; Katherine Mertes, resides in California and Addie Poffenberger lives near Fairbury, Nebraska.

Louis I. Wagner was five years of age when his parents left their home in Indiana and came to Kansas. Here he received his education in the district school and grew to manhood on the home farm, where he remained until 1910. He then moved to Summerfield, Kansas, where he engaged in the buying and selling of stock, and is now one of the largest buyers and sellers of stock in the county. Some years ago he purchased the old home farm of two hundred and forty acres which he now owns, and where he has made many substantial improvements. He now has his farm rented and devotes his attention to the buying of stock. He is also the owner of a one-half interest in the pool hall at Summerfield, as well as other property of value.

On September 20, 1898, Louis J. Wagner was united in marriage to Dora Hungate, the daughter of Dallas and Hattie (Nance) Hungate. Mr. and Mrs. Hungate were born in Illinois, where they received their education, grew to maturity and were married. They then left their home in that state and located in Missouri, and later took up their residence in Nebraska, where they lived for a time before coming to Marshall county. Here they established their home in Summerfield in 1009, and are still residents of that place.

Louis I. and Dora Wagner are the parents of two children, Fannie, born on February 8, 1901, and Cecil, born on June 8, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Wagner are active members of the United Presbyterian church and have long been prominent in the social life of the community, where they are held in the highest regard and esteem by all who know them. Mr. Wagner is a member of the Modem Woodmen of America, and has ever taken an active interest in the civic life of the township and city. He is identified with the Republican party and is now representing his ward in the city council. Few men are better known throughout the county than Mr. Wagner. His business of buying stock takes him to all parts of this section, and by his business-like methods he has won the confidence and respect of the business men and farmers of the district. His life has been an active one and he has accomplished much that is worthy of notice. By hard work and hustling qualities he has risen to a position which places him as one of the substantial and successful men of the county.

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