BIRT ARTHUR WAGNER
Vol. 5, p. 1854-1855
During the past fifteen years Mr. Wagner has played an important part in the public affairs of Woodward and Ellis counties. He is now filling the office of court clerk of Ellis County and has his home at Arnett. Mr. Wagner is one of the genial and popular citizens of Ellis County, a man of undoubted integrity, and exercises both competence and honesty in all his public and private dealings.
He was born Jan. 8, 1877, on a farm in Nemaha County, Kansas, a son of Arthur H. and Cynthia (PEAVER) Wagner. The Wagners came originally from Germany. His paternal grandfather was George Wagner, a native of Germany. Arthur H. Wagner was born March 12, 1853, in Putnam County, Ohio, and has spent all his active career as a farmer and merchant. In 1874 he moved out to Kansas and became an early settler on a farm in Nemaha County, close to the northern line of the state. He lived there and cultivated the soil until 1892, and then went to Kansas City, Kansas, where he engaged in business eight years. In 1900 he came to Oklahoma and set up business at Woodward, in 1901 moved to Shattuck, where he was likewise one of the first merchants. In 1902 he was appointed postmaster of Shattuck and held that position seven years. Arthur H. Wagner was married in Union County, Ohio, October 8, 1874, to Miss Cynthia PEAVER. Her father was, John Peaver, who married a Miss POLING, and both were born in Virginia. Mrs. Wagner was born May 14, 1864, in Union County, Ohio, and she died at Kansas City, Kansas, October 21, 1915. She was a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was devoted to church and home and children. She was the mother of seven, five sons and two daughters, namely: Harry, born August 27, 1875; Birt A.; John Peaver, born September 17, 1878; Elsie, born July 9, 1879; Grace, born August 25, 1881; George, born August 12, 1883; Roy Foster, born August 12, 18885.
The early training Birt A. Wagner was acquired in the public schools of his native county and in Kansas City, Kansas. After leaving school he served an apprenticeship at the bakerÂ’s trade, and that was his regular work for five years. Not long after his father came to Oklahoma he followed on January 1, 1901, and was soon taking an active part in local affairs in Woodward County. He served two years as deputy county clerk of that county. On coming to the state he had taken up a claim in Woodward County near Shattuck, and he is thus to be considered among those who have helped to develop the land in this new state. For a few years he also was assistant postmaster under his father at Shattuck and for one year carried mail on a rural route. On the organization of Ellis County he was soon active in its affairs, and served as deputy clerk in 1910-11-12. During 1914-15 he was clerk of the Shattuck branch of the Ellis County Court at Shattuck. In November, 1914, he was elected on the republican ticket court clerk of Ellis County and is now giving all his time and attention to those responsibilities. Fraternally Mr. Wagner is a Mason.
On January 18, 1908, at Shattuck, Oklahoma, he married Miss Kathryn Lee EWING. She was born March 4, 1881, in Buchanan County, Missouri, a daughter of William J. and Cassie (PATTON) Ewing, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Missouri. Mrs. Wagner in addition to the training of the public schools attended the Synodical College at Fulton, Missouri, graduating with the class of 1902. She was an active ember of the Presbyterian Church. Her death occurred April 6, 1910, at Shattuck. She is survived by one child, Charles Edward, who was born February 11, 1910.
Transcribed by Earline Sparks Barger, January 28, 2000
SOURCE: Thoburn, Joseph B., A Standard History of Oklahoma, An Authentic Narrative of its Development, 5 v. (Chicago, New York: The American Historical Society, 1916).