Gustav F. Wagner is a representative business man of Saunders county who has been successfully engaged in merchandising
at Ithaca for the past twenty seven years. His birth occurred in the province of Pommern, Germany, on the 14th
of December, 1863, his parents being William H and Wilhehuina Wagner, who emigrated to the United States when our
subject was thirteen years of age and in the spring of 1877 took up their abode in Merrick county, Nebraska.
Gustav F. Wagner began his education in the common schools of the fatherland and after coming to the new world
spent several more years as a public school student. After putting aside his textbooks he worked on farms and in
several stores, being thus employed until the spring of 1888, when he came to Ithaca, Saunders county, and embarked
in the mercantile business on his present site. He has remained proprietor of an establishment of this character
during the intervening twenty seven years and has been accorded a liberal and gratifying patronage, for he carries
a large and well selected stock of goods at reasonable prices and has won a merited reputation as a progressive,
enterprising and thoroughly reliable merchant.
Mr. Wagner was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Schiefelbein, a native of Germany and a daughter of Frederick
and Pauline Schiefelbein. She was brought to the United States in childhood and by her marriage has become the
mother of six children, as follows: Ona, who is a school teacher; Earl, who works in his father's store; Fred,
who also follows the profession of teaching; and Glenn, Lloyd and Ralph, at home.
Politically Mr. Wagner is a stalwart democrat, exercising his right of franchise in support of the men and measures
of that party. His religious faith is that of the German Evangelical church, while fraternally he is identifled
with the Modern Woodmen of America. In every relation he has been found true and loyal to the trusts reposed in
him and his life has been in conformity with a high standard of conduct.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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