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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
Among the representatives of commercial interests in Sampsell, Missouri, a prominent place must be conceded to George D. Wagner, who is the owner of a general mercantile establishment in that city. He came to Livingston county, in 1869, from Ohio, where he was born in 1857. He is a son of Frederick and Mary (Wortz) Wagner, both of whom have passed away, their last resting place being Mount Olive cemetery.
George D. Wagner was reared under the parental roof and acquired his education in the public schools of Livingston county, leaving school at the age of seventeen years. For the four following years he assisted his father in his farm work, acquainting himself with thorough methods of agriculture. In 1898 he became connected with the business which he is still conducting. A progressive man of modern tendencies, he has built up an establishment that would be a credit to a city of much larger size than Sampsell and carries complete and reliable lines of merchandise. Practically anything needed by his patrons can be found in his establishment, the trade of which has increased from year to year, bringing steadily growing financial results to its owner. Of accommodating and winning manner, Mr. Wagner succeeds in holding old patrons and winning new ones, and this in a large way is the solution of the success which he has attained. He owns his own store building and residence.
Mr. Wagner was united in marriage to Miss Paralee Walker, a daughter of Joshua Walker, who is mentioned at greater length in another part of this volume. They have five children. Charles, a clerk in the post-office of Kansas City. Missouri; Maude, the wife of Claude Tramell, an agriculturist of Livingston county; and Frank, Mary and Stanley, at home.
In his political views Mr. Wagner is a democrat, giving his stanch support to the policies and candidates of that party, and fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to the local lodge. In the truest sense of the word Mr. Wagner has made a success, for he has not only encompassed his own prosperity but has been a forceful element for betterment along moral and material lines in the community, his sterling traits of character having won for him the high regard and confidence of all those with whom he has come in contact in a business or social way.