From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 388-389, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George Wagner, a successful farmer, was born in Hesse-Cassel, in
1825. He had lost his mother when a child, and was brought up by his
grandfather. His father came to this country in 1844, but George would
not come along, as he did not like his stepmother. In 1848 he was
drafted into the army, and after serving two years he came to the
United States, but had helped fight five hard battles. He did not like
such a dangerous life, and came away, as did many others at that period.
His father, after coming to America, engaged as a piano-maker in
New York, in which business he had made much money in Germany. George
never joined his father in this country, but came on West to try his
fortune in Cass county.
He was married in this county in a short time, to Mary Deer, a
German lady, who died in 1862, leaving five children. Mr. Wagner was a
second time married, to Catherine Dietrich, born in Hesse-Cassel, who
came to America in her youth. She has been a most devoted wife, and the
mother of six children, three of whom are married and three of whom are
yet at home.
Mr. Wagner has lived in the county since 1850. He first
purchased land at 25 cents an acre, and sold it after some improvement,
and purchased his present home. He now owns in section 4, township 17,
range 11, 100 acres of improved land, and has good farm buildings. He
has forty acres of timber land on section 3, township 17, range 11. He
purchased the home in 1868, and settled on it in 1870. He was Road
Supervisor three terms.
Mr. and Mrs. Wagner are good and well known people in the
county. He is a Republican, and both are upright, honest people.
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