The following data is extracted from The Book of Clevelanders, A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland, Burrows Book Company, 1914.
Wagner, Jacob; born, Switzerland, 1840; son of John R. and Mary Weltz Wagner; educated, Cleveland public schools; married, Cleveland, Aug. 4, 1870, Elizabeth Fontins; issue, two sons, Frank A. and Charles J.; served three years in Rebellion; enlisted Co. B, 128th O. V. I., January, 1862; discharged, March, 1865; guarded rebel officers at Johnson's Island and transported them for exchange to Vicksburg, Miss.; two different times under a flag of truce inside the rebel lines 300 miles; also to Ohio Penitentiary at Columbus, O.; pres. The Wagner Manufacturing Co., the firm was started in 1866, and the present company incorporated in 1890; the company manufactures tents, awnings and flags; a specialty of the house is the Wagner chain and tube roller owning; do a big business in furnishing outfits for encampments; during the Spanish War they had more tents in stock than any concern in the country and supplied the state with full equipment for the Ohio State Militia; furnish camping outfits, canopies and floor covering for weddings and large social functions; handle the best goods and own and control all of their own patents; member Swiss Beneficial Society, Grand Army of the Republic, Army and Navy Post; came to Cleveland in 1853, having lived in Buffalo for three years. Recreations: Fishing and Motor Boating.
Source: The Book of Clevelanders, A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland, Burrows Book Company, 1914