I. A. WAGER was born in Grafton, Rensselaer County, N. Y., January 2, 1865. The original settlers of the family in this town came from Germany. The grandfather, Zachariah Wager, bought a farm, residing upon it until his death. The father of our subject, Arnold Wager, was born in Grafton, and, after receiving his education, worked for some years on the farm of his father, later removing to Poestenkill in the same county, where he died when his only child, our subject, was but eighteen months old. His wife was formerly Miss Anna C. Link; and she married for her second husband a Mr. Mason, and by him had seven children--Ulysses, John, Elva, George, Phoebe, Mary, and Harrison.
I. A. Wager left home at the age of fifteen, after having finished a few terms at school, and went to Chittenango, Madison County, N. Y., where he entered a cheese factory with his uncle, George H. Dennis. He remained here three years, and then started into business for himself at Lakeport, N. Y. He was one season in this place, and then hired out to Frank Blanding, of Hubbardsville, N. Y.,
and managed cheese factories for him in different places, among them two years in Franklin, Delaware County, three years in Brookfield in what is now called the Marsh factory, and the last year at Oxford, Chenango County. In 1890 he became a stockholder in the Temple factory in North Brookfield, and manages the factory for the company.
When he was twenty-six years old, Mr. Wager married Miss Maude E. Marsh, daughter of Smith and Tacy Marsh. Of this union there is one child, Alta. Mr. Wager began life with no other capital than an honest heart and willing hands, and since he was fifteen years of age has, by strict attention to duty, built up for himself his present position. He is master of his business, and has proven
himself thoroughly competent in every sense of the word.
Politically, he is an adherent of the Republican party. He is a Mason in good standing, and belongs to Sullivan Lodge, No. 148, of Chittenango, and Lodge No. 632, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Brookfield. The career of Mr. Wager is a potent example to the younger generation. He is an exemplification of what push and enterprising perseverance will do. Refined, intelligent, and of good social position, his
splendid qualities as a domestic and business man have made him a universal favorite.
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