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Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I found them on the 1870 census, which shows Julius, aged 37 and “Mary” aged 29. The census shows they have several children: Laura, Richard, Oscar and Matilda. The form also shows a Edward Wagner – with an age of 10/12 (which makes me wonder if he was not their child, but another relation), and Frederica Smith, aged 14. Frederica is listed as their domestic (which makes me think she helped keeping house and with childcare).
By the 1900 census, Julius (age 66) and Marie (age 56) are sharing their household with Richard Wagner and Milton Wagner (Richard’s son), Maria Fuchs, Kittie Siegert, Julius P. Wagner and Richard Wagner. Julius and Richard are listed with the occupation of bridge builder. Maria and Kittie are both listed as servants. It makes me think that the Wagners were doing pretty well, financially, at least.

So, in doing more research, I learned more about them — Julius apparently owned an iron/bridge building company in Milwaukee, which I think is the Wagner Company, begun in 1870, and which still exists today.

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