Biography of Daniel Wagner
Marion County, IA Biographies





Daniel Wagner, deceased, who resided near Dallas, was the Downer of seven hundred and twenty acres of fine land, although he began his business career empty handed. He was born in Germany on the 14th of February, 1831, a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Feight), Wagner, who came to America in 1832 when their son Daniel was an infant of eighteen months. The family first located in Pennsylvania, but subsequently removed to Indiana and thence to this county, arriving here in 1848. They located near the site of the village of Dallas and Henry Wagner entered land from the government. He remained upon his farm until his death and gave the greater part of his time to its operation, although he was a tailor by trade. His wife also passed away upon the homestead. They had three children, those beside the subject of this review being John and Mrs. Elizabeth Morelock, both of whom are deceased.

Daniel Wagner was reared to manhood in this county and here received his education. Mr. Wagner was one of the forty niners who went west across the plains to California during the gold rush. He spent about ten years freighting across the country, making several trips, and then returned to Marion county and took up farming, to which occupation he had been trained in his boyhood as he early began to assist in the operation of the homestead. He began for himself with no assets, save his knowledge of farm work and his strength and industrious habits. He first secured land near Bauer, this county, where he resided for three years, after which he removed to a farm six miles north of Dallas. His hard work, thrift and wise management of his affairs were rewarded, as he became the owner of seven hundred and twenty acres of land which he operated until a very short time previous to his death. In addition to the cultivation of the fields he raised high grade stock and found both branches of his activity profitable. At one time he held stock in the Pleasantville Bank. His demise, which occurred in 1907, deprived the county of one of its industrious and highly successful agriculturists and was sincerely deplored. The farm is mainly owned by his widow, who makes her home at Knoxville.

On the 14th of March, 1867, Mr. Wagner was united in marriage in this county to Miss Deborah Clark, a native of Dade county, Tennessee, born on the loth of December, 1844. Her parents were John and Eliza (Carroll) Clark, the latter of whom is still living at Dallas at a very advanced age, her birth having occurred on the 25th of January, 1822. In 1849 the family removed to this county and located near Dallas, where John Clark entered land. He farmed for many years, but upon retiring from active life removed to Knoxville and died there a year or two later, on the 17th of April, 1891. His widow later removed to Dallas, her present home. He was a Baptist, but Mrs. Clark is a member of the Christian church. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Wagner was Rev. James Thomas Clark, a Baptist minister of Tennessee. Mrs. Wagner has five brothers living, namely: Frank and George, twins, the former living in Pleasantville, this county, and the latter in Oklahoma; William, of Montrose, Colorado; Hiram, of this county; and Benjamin, who resides with his aged mother. Two sisters died young, Susie in infancy and Mary Catherine when fourteen years of age. Mrs. Wagner grew to womanhood in this county, as she was but a child of four years when the family settled here. For the past five years she has made her home in Knoxville, where she has built a fine residence on Montgomery street. To her union with Mr. Wagner were born five children: two deceased; Mrs. Harry Yetter, a resident of Knoxville; Mrs. J. A. Hartley, also of Knoxville; and Paul, a farmer of Johnson, Minnesota, who is married and has two children. A stepson, John, resides at Audubon, Iowa, and is married and has three children. Another stepson, Henry, died when a youth of sixteen.

Mr. Wagner was reared in the faith of the Lutheran church and his wife is a member of the Christian church. In politics he was a democrat and manifested at all times a commendable interest in matters of public concern. He was well known throughout the county and was esteemed not only for his material success in life, but also for those fine qualities of character that command honor wherever found.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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