Descendants of John Baptist (1) Wagner

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN BAPTIST (1)1 WAGNER was born 01 Jan 1828 in Immendingen, Baden, Germany, and died 06 Jul 1888 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married CATHERINE DICKMANN 05 Oct 1854 in Cleveland, OH. She was born 29 Jan 1833 in Waslenheim Elsas (Strasbourg), Germany, and died 29 May 1909 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Notes for JOHN BAPTIST (1) WAGNER:

John and Catherine (Dickman) Wagner - were married in Cleveland, Ohio. They moved to Galien, Ohio in 1859. In 1869 they moved to Cedar Springs, Michigan where Grandfather was a pioneer in the lumber business. Where his sawmill was located is still called Wagner's Corners.

When his sawmill burned down and he lost everything, he moved his family to Grand Rapids in 1871. The street was destroyed when the expressway was built.

After moving to Grand Rapids, Grandfather was a machinist.

John Baptist Wagner became a naturalized citizen of the U. S., 12 September 1860.

Part of Article from White's Personal Biographies, 1924 -John B. Wagner, was born in Germany in 1829, and his mother, Catherine Dikman, was born in Paris, France. John Wagner came to the United States with his parents in 1839. He did not settle in Michigan, however, until 1858, when he went to Sand Lake. There he operated a sawmill until 1862, selling the mill in that year to come to Grand Rapids, where he entered the employ of the Leitelt Iron Works as master mechanic. He was employed by that concern thirty-two years, or until his death in 1894. His widow died in 1908. John Wagner and his wife were the parents of twelve children as follows: Julius, Gustave, Amelia, Albert, Charles, Arthur, Matilda, Caroline, Ida, Edward L., Minnie, and Walter.

Catherine Dickmann emigrated to the U. S. in 1852 located in Cleveland, Ohio. She sailed from Germany on 8 Sep 1852 and arrived in U. S. on 15 Oct 1852.

In Grand Rapids they resided at 48 Livingston.

They were married at the German Evangelical Protestant Church, Cleveland, Ohio

Grandma's brother, Louis Dickmann, and her sister, Carrie Dickman, arrived in the United States on 16 June 1854. On 4 July, 1854, Uncle Louis went swimming at a resort near Cleveland on Lake Erie and was drowned. Grandpa Wagner was an excellent swimmer and he volunteered to dive to recover the body. Grandma was so grateful to the young man that recovered her brother's body that she wanted to meet him to thank him. A romance developed between them and they were married a few months later.

Grandma came from a part of Germany close to the French border, Alsace-Lorraine. She came to the United States as a French governess for some children of a wealthy family in Cleveland.

 

Notes for CATHERINE DICKMANN:

Obituary of Mrs. Catherine Wagner - aged 77 years, widow of the late John B. Wagner, died Saturday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C. DeBoe, 288 Crescent Avenue. Mrs. Wagner came to America from Germany in 1852 and had resided in Kent county and Grand Rapids since 1869. Her husband was one of the pioneer lumbermen of the state. She was a member of the Evangelical German Lutheran Church of Emmanuel on East Bridge Street (now Michigan Street). Her many friends will always remember her as a cheerful and charitable woman, always ready to help those in distress.

Surviving Mrs. Wagner are eight of the 12 children born to her. Julius, Gustave, Edward and Walter Wagner; Mrs. C. DeBoe and Mrs. R. DeBoer, all of this city; Mrs. D. E. Beebe of Homestead, PA; and A. G. Wagner of Denver, Colo. A sister, Mrs. George King of Cleveland, OH; and a brother, August Dickman of Newport, KY., also survive. The funeral will be held Tuesday from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. DeBoe, 288 Crescent avenue, at 2 p.m. and at the church on East Bridge street at 3 p.m. The interment will be made at Oak Hill cemetery.

 

John B. and Catherine (Dickmann) Wagner daughters
Left: Emilie, Top: Carrie (Caroline); Bottom: Minnie, Right: Tillie

Children of JOHN WAGNER and CATHERINE DICKMANN are:

2. i. JULIUS JOSEPH (2)2 WAGNER, b. 08 Aug 1855, Cleveland, Ohio; d. 25 Sep 1924, Grand Rapids, Michigan; resided 225 Hastings St..

3. ii. GUSTAV JOHN (2) WAGNER, b. 14 Jan 1857, Cleveland, Ohio; d. 12 Aug 1926.

4. iii. EMILIE CATHERINE (2) WAGNER, b. 19 Mar 1858, Galien, Ohio; d. 16 May 1902.

5. iv. ALBERT GEORGE (2) WAGNER, b. 23 Aug 1860, Galien, Ohio; d. 06 Jul 1931.

v. MATILDA SALOME (2) WAGNER, b. 09 Apr 1862, Galien, Ohio; d. 27 May 1938; m. EUGENE BEEBE.

vi. KARL (2) WAGNER, b. 19 Feb 1863, Galien, Ohio; d. Aug 1864, Galien, Ohio.

vii. IDA JOSEPHINE (2) WAGNER, b. 15 May 1865, Galien, Ohio; d. 15 Nov 1874, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

6. viii. CAROLINE LOUISE (2) WAGNER, b. 02 Sep 1867, Galien, Ohio; d. 25 May 1951.

7. ix. EDWARD LOUIS (2) WAGNER, b. 02 May 1871, Grand Rapids, Michigan; d. 12 Apr 1924, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

8. x. MINNIE SOPHIA (2) WAGNER, b. 27 Jul 1873, Grand Rapids, Michigan; d. 07 May 1956.

xi. CHARLES (2) WAGNER, b. 21 May 1876, Grand Rapids, Michigan; d. 21 May 1876, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

xii. WALTER FREDERICK (2) WAGNER, b. 11 Feb 1878, Grand Rapids, Michigan; d. 21 Jul 1918; m. JENNIE KIPP.

 

Grocery Store on Michigan Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan
On the steps - Julius, Minnie and Edward Wagner

 

                 

Julius Joseph Wagner and Minnie (Schroeder) Wagner

Julius Wagner Home at 225 Hastings NE

 

Julius and Minnie (Schroeder) Wagner Family
Left to Right: Julius, Eddie, Gerald, Louise, Ralph, Minnie

 

Generation No. 2

2. JULIUS JOSEPH (2)2 WAGNER (JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 08 Aug 1855 in Cleveland, Ohio, and died 25 Sep 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan; resided 225 Hastings St.. He married MINNIE SCHROEDER.

Children of JULIUS WAGNER and MINNIE SCHROEDER are:

9. i. GERALD (3)3 WAGNER.

10. ii. RALPH (3) WAGNER.

iii. EDWIN (3) WAGNER, m. MARY.

iv. LOUISE (3) WAGNER.

 

3. GUSTAV JOHN (2)2 WAGNER (JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 14 Jan 1857 in Cleveland, Ohio, and died 12 Aug 1926. He married JULIA SMITH.

Children of GUSTAV WAGNER and JULIA SMITH are:

11. i. WILLIAM (3)3 WAGNER.

12. ii. HAZEL (3) WAGNER.

 

4. EMILIE CATHERINE (2)2 WAGNER (JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 19 Mar 1858 in Galien, Ohio, and died 16 May 1902. She married WILLISM E. HUELSTER.

Children of EMILIE WAGNER and WILLISM HUELSTER are:

i. WALTER (3)3 HUELSTER, d. Died young.

13. ii. LORRAINE (3) HUELSTER, d. Resided Greenville, Michigan.

 

5. ALBERT GEORGE (2)2 WAGNER (JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 23 Aug 1860 in Galien, Ohio, and died 06 Jul 1931. He married LAURA.

Child of ALBERT WAGNER and LAURA is:

i. FLORENCE (3)3 WAGNER.

 

6. CAROLINE LOUISE (2)2 WAGNER (JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 02 Sep 1867 in Galien, Ohio, and died 25 May 1951. She married JOHN DEBOE.

Child of CAROLINE WAGNER and JOHN DEBOE is:

14. i. NORMAN (3)3 DEBOE.

 


Edward Louis Wagner

7. EDWARD LOUIS (2)2 WAGNER (JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 02 May 1871 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and died 12 Apr 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married FERN SMITH 1908, daughter of INMAN SMITH and EDITH. She was born in of Rockford, Michigan.

Notes for EDWARD LOUIS (2) WAGNER:

Article from White's Personal Biographies, 1924 -

Edward L. Wagner, clerk of the Kent circuit court at the present time and nominee of the Republican party for re-election to that office, is a native of Grand Rapids, where he was born 5 May 1871. His father, John B. Wagner, was born in Germany in 1829, and his mother, Catherine Dikman, was born in Paris, France. John Wagner came to the United States with his parents in 1839. He did not settle in Michigan, however, until 1858, when he went to Sand Lake. There he operated a sawmill until 1862, selling the mill in that year to come to Grand Rapids, where he entered the employ of the Leitelt Iron Works as master mechanic. He was employed by that concern thirty-two years, or until his death in 1894. His widow died in 1908. John Wagner and his wife were the parents of twelve children as follows: Julius, Gustave, Amelia, Albert, Charles, Arthur, Matilda, Caroline, Ida, Edward L., Minnie, and Walter. Edward L. Wagner attended the public schools of the city of his birth and studied for the position of clerk. With the conclusion of his educational career, he secured employment as a clerk in a grocery store, continuing in that work until the opening of the war with Spain. Answering the president's call for volunteers, he enlisted in Company E, thirty-second Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and served with that organization until the cessation of the hostilities. He returned to Grand Rapids after his discharge from the army, and there engaged in the grocery business, which he continued until 1915, when he accepted a position as deputy clerk of the Kent circuit court, filling that position until the clerk was appointed postmaster, and in July, 1923, he was appointed to fill the office of clerk of the court until the end of the un-expired term. His work was so noteworthy that at the primary election, 9 Sep 1924, he was chosen the Republican nominee for election to the office of clerk of the Kent circuit court, to which he was elected by a large majority. Such has been his record and so large is his following that he feels virtually certain of being returned to the office when the matter goes before the people in November, 1926. In 1908 he married Fern Smith daughter of Inman and Edith Smith, of Rockford, Michigan, and to Mr. and Mrs. Wagner have been born two children, Velma, born 21 Sep 1909, and Leo, born 6 Oct 1915.

Children of EDWARD WAGNER and FERN SMITH are:

15. i. LEO (3)3 WAGNER, b. 06 Oct 1915, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

16. ii. VELMA (3) WAGNER, b. 21 Sep 1909, Grand Rapids, Michigan; d. Resided California.

 

8. MINNIE SOPHIA (2)2 WAGNER (JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 27 Jul 1873 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and died 07 May 1956. She married RUFUS BOER, born about 1870, Michigan.  SEE BOER FAMILY

                    

Minnie Sophia (Wagner) Boer               Rufus Boer

 

   

      

Minnie, Helen, Catherine Boer                          Rufus Boer and ??

Rufus and Minnie (Wagner) Boer Home
236 Carroll Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Children of MINNIE Sophia WAGNER and RUFUS BOER are:

i. CATHERINE (3)3 BOER, m. WALTER FISHER; d. Died about 2002.

ii. HELEN ELIZABETH (3) BOER, b. 08 Sep 1904, Grand Rapids, Michigan; d. 09 Mar 2002, Residing Grand Rapids, MI; Oak Hill Cemetery.

Notes for HELEN ELIZABETH (3) BOER:

Helen Elizabeth Boer never married.

Obituary - Miss Helen Elizabeth Boer, aged 97, a life-long resident of Grand Rapids, passed away Friday, 9 Mar 2002, at her residence. Miss Boer was born 8 Sep 1904 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Rufus and Minnie (Wagner) Boer. She was preceded in death by her only sister, Catherine Fischer. Her life's endeavor was the education of youth in the Grand Rapids area. She attended and graduated from Congress Elementary School, Stron Junior High, Central High School, Michigan State Normal College where she received her Bacherlor of Science Degree, and the University of Michigan where she received her Masters Degree. She was employed as an elementary teacher in the Grand Rapids School system from 1924 to 1949. She served as Principal of West Leonard and Harrison Park Elementary Schools from 1949 to 1969. She also seved as the President of the Department of Elementary School Principals from 1956 to 1958. Her work as an educator was honored by receipt of the 1949 Nellie Stevens Travel Fund - Grand Rapids Board of Education. She received the Certificate for Outstanding Education Leadership from the Michigan Association of Elementary School Principals in 1959 and was awarded by the Highland Park Association for writing the history of the Association booklet, Highland Park Yesterday and Today. Her activities in the state and community included Life Member of Michigan Education Association, Lefe Member of the National Education Ass'n, Life Member of Michigan Ass'n of Elementary School Principles, Retired Teachers Ass'n of Kent County, Michigan Retired Teachers Ass'n, National Retired Teachers Ass'n and the Womens City Club, Grand Rapids. Miss Boer was life long active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 E. Fulton, where funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday with her pastor, the Rev. Paul Krupinski, officiating. Friends may begin gathering at the church beginning at 12:00 noon. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery. For those who wish memorials in Helen's memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Service, 4291 Cascade Rd. SE.

More About HELEN ELIZABETH (3) BOER:

Burial: Teacher, principal; Trinity Lutheran Church

 

Generation No. 3

9. GERALD (3)3 WAGNER (JULIUS JOSEPH (2)2, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) He married MAUDE.

Children of GERALD WAGNER and MAUDE are:

i. ROBERT (4)4 WAGNER.

ii. RICHARD (4) WAGNER.

 

10. RALPH (3)3 WAGNER (JULIUS JOSEPH (2)2, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) He married EDNA.

Children of RALPH WAGNER and EDNA are:

i. ROBERT (4)4 WAGNER.

ii. JEAN (4) WAGNER.

 

11. WILLIAM (3)3 WAGNER (GUSTAV JOHN (2)2, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) He married JOSEPHINE.

Children of WILLIAM WAGNER and JOSEPHINE are:

i. VIRGINIA (4)4 WAGNER.

ii. JEAN (4) WAGNER.

iii. WILLIAM (4) WAGNER.

 

12. HAZEL (3)3 WAGNER (GUSTAV JOHN (2)2, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) She married ---- THEILMAN.

Child of HAZEL WAGNER and ---- THEILMAN is:

i. CHARLENE (4)4 THEILMAN.

 

13. LORRAINE (3)3 HUELSTER (EMILIE CATHERINE (2)2 WAGNER, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) died in Resided Greenville, Michigan. She married JAMES RITZEMA.

Children of LORRAINE HUELSTER and JAMES RITZEMA are:

i. JAMES (4)4 RITZEMA.

ii. BARBARA (4) RITZEMA.

iii. SALLY (4) RITZEMA.

iv. BETTY (4) RITZEMA.

 

14. NORMAN (3)3 DEBOE (CAROLINE LOUISE (2)2 WAGNER, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) He married MARY.

Child of NORMAN DEBOE and MARY is:

i. GERRALD (4)4 DEBOE.

 

15. LEO (3)3 WAGNER (EDWARD LOUIS (2)2, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 06 Oct 1915 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Child of LEO (3) WAGNER is:

i. SON (4)4 WAGNER.

 

16. VELMA (3)3 WAGNER (EDWARD LOUIS (2)2, JOHN BAPTIST (1)1) was born 21 Sep 1909 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and died in Resided California. She married SI VANDERLAAN.

Children of VELMA WAGNER and SI VANDERLAAN are:

i. JOELE (4)4 VANDERLAAN.

ii. JUDY (4) VANDERLAAN.

 

Immanuel Lutheran (German) Church still located on Michigan Street (2005)


URL: http://kent.migenweb.net/genealogies/wagnerJBJJ.html