Biography of Hiram R. Wagner
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Wagner, Hiram R., was born in the town of Wheeler February 22, 1847. Inglehardt Wagner was a native of Montgomery county, and came to Wheeler in 1818 when he was eighteen years of age. He took 100 acres of land in the normal condition, which he cleared of wood and made a farm, and made his home there the balance of his days. He died in April 1865. His mother was Christina Collier; she died when Hiram was only old five years of age. Hiram was the next youngest son of a family of ten children that reached adult age. He was educated in the common schools, and his first occupation was a clerk in the law office of C. F. Kingsley at Bath, where he was employed eighteen months. In 1870 he came to Hornellsville and was employed with his brother in the hotel business. In 1873 he engaged in the insurance business, which he followed for two years, and was two years with Miles W. Hawley, and was then for thirteen years bookkeeper and superintendent of Terry's flouring mill. In 1892. in partnership with Edgar Boynton, he bought out the Loucks bakery and grocery store, at the corner of East Washington and North Church streets, where the firm of Wagner & Co. is still engaged. Mr. Wagner in early life was a Democrat, but now a strong Prohibitionist. In the City election of 1895 he was elected to the office of excise commissioner, the first member of temperance principles ever elected in this city. He also filled the office of collector in 1883 and 1887 and was two years a member of the Board of Health. He has passed all of the chairs of the A. O. U. W., and been three times elected delegate to the Grand Lodge. He was married in 1872 to Celestia Snell of Avoca. They have one child, Floyd, a student of Hornellsville Graded Department. Mr. Wagner has been a member of East Avenue church for seven years and five of that time a trustee, and is the present superintendent of the Sabbath school.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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