Biography of Philip Wappner
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Philip Wappner, deceased, was a highly esteemed citizen and substantial business man of Mansfield for many years. He was born in Germany, June 15, 1850, and died April 24, 1925.

When he was an infant Philip Wappner was brought to the United States with his parents, who settled in Ohio. He became interested in the furniture and undertaking business in Mansfield at an early date and was active in the business life of the city for a period of 46 years. He retired in 1918 but maintained his residence in Mansfield until his death in 1925. He is buried in Mansfield.

Mr. Wappner married Miss Catherine Ackerman, who died in 1921. To them were born 13 children, as follows: Metta, married Fred D. Sells, former sheriff of Richland County, lives at Mansfield; Margaret, married J. C. Edwards, lives at Mansfield; Anna, married Frank Longsdorf, lives at Oakland, Calif.; Charles L., mention of whom is made below; Philip, a sketch of whom appears in this history; Henry M., a World War veteran, lives at Mansfield; Herman P., a World War veteran, lives in Mansfield; Theresa, married B. F. Spicer, lives at Mansfield; Rev. Martin W., a minister of the Lutheran Church, lives at Kent, Ohio; Martha Hunt, lives at Mansfield; and George, lives at Mansfield.

Philip Wappner held membership in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He always took an active interest in municipal affairs, and was well known in the city for his business qualifications.

Charles L. Wappner was born in Mansfield, Aug. 19, 1886. He was educated in the public schools of this city, and in 1902 became associated with his father's furniture and undertaking business. In 1918 he took over the funeral home and conducted that branch of the business as Charles L. Wappner & Brother, having taken his brother, Philip, into the firm in 1919. Mr. Wappner died May 14, 1925, and is buried in Mansfield. He was married on Sept. 25, 1907, to Miss Ireila Spangler, of Crestline, Ohio. Their children were: Ralph, William, Richard, Carl, Eugene, Leonard, Margaret and Alvina. Mr. Wappner was a member of Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 35; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Grand of Richiand Lodge No 161. He held membership in St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

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History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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