Eva Blossom CRAWFORD William Joseph WAGNER Lula Euphemia STRANGE Opal UNCERTAIN Mini tree diagram
William Joseph WAGNER

William Joseph WAGNER1,2,3,4,5,5,8,6

11th Jul 18951,2,3,4,5,5,6 - 19th Feb 19471,7,3,8,6

Life History

11th Jul 1895

Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.1,2,3,4,5,5,6

26th May 1917

Married Eva Blossom CRAWFORD in Santa Ana, Orange, California.5,1,6

23rd Jun 1922

Death of Eva Blossom CRAWFORD in Orange, Orange, California.6

about 1925

Married Lula Euphemia STRANGE in Oklahoma.1,2

before 1925

Divorced from Eva Blossom CRAWFORD.1,2

about 1927

Birth of son William Joseph WAGNER in Arizona.7,2

before 1935

Married Opal UNCERTAIN in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.4,5

before 1940

Divorced from Lula Euphemia STRANGE in Oklahoma.7,2

19th Feb 1947

Died in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.1,7,3,8,6

after 19th Feb 1947

Buried in Chelsea Cemetery, Chelsea, Rogers County, Oklahoma.3


  • U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    William Joseph Wagner
    Residence 149 S Clark St, Orange County, California
    Birth 11 Jul 1895 New Orleans, Louisiana
    Caucasian (White)
    Employed as Machinist by H M Kinslow, 419 N Sycamore St
    Wife and child
    Medium Height and Build, Brown Eyes, Dark Brown Hair
    Registered 5 June 1917 Santa Anna, Orange County, California

    A brief comment by a family researcher gave us the name of Lula Strange's husband and their marriage date,with what appears to be a report that they wre later divorced.

    "[Lula Strange] m abt 1925 OK (William Joseph Wagner Sr. 1895-1947) Div[orced]
    --  R D Tucker, Ancestry Comment on this genelaogy 22 Sep 2014

    William and Lula moved to Arizona, where their son William Joseph Jr was born.  They were back in Oklahoma in 1930, where William was working as a machinst in a Steel Company mill inTulsa.

    1930 Federal Census, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, 2 April, Tulsa, District 72-88, page 1B, 503 S Utica St, Hse/Fam #15
    Wagner, William J Head Rents $30 No Radio M W 34 Married at age 30 LA LA LA Steel Co Machinist [b abt 1896]
    Wagner, Lula E Wife F W 25 Married at age 21 OK GA OK [b abt 1905]
    Wagner, William J Jr Son M W 3 Single AZ LA OK [b abt 1925]

    According to the Tucker comment above, Wililam and Lula were divorced and William did not die until 1947.  But in the 1940 census, Lula is reported as a widow, and has returned back home with her son to Rogers County, Oklahoma, where she is teaching school.  She may have reported herself as widowed to avoid the embarassment of saying she had been divorced.  No record for William has been found after the 1930 census.

    1940 Federal Census, Rogers County, Oklahoma, 11 May, Catoosa, District 66-2, Page 16A, Hse #294, Rents $20, Farm
    Wagner, Lula Head F Indian 36 Widow Grade C3 b Oklahoma Rural Rogers Co OK in 1935 Public School Teacher [b abt 1904]
    Wagner, William J Son M Indian 13 Single Grade 7 b Arizona Rural Rogers Co OK in 1935 [b abt 1927]

    William is in Portland for the 1940 census, remarried and with a 10-year-old daughter (or step-daughter).  The census says the daughter Barbara Wagner is 10 years old.  That would make her born about 1930.  But in April 1930 William was still married to Lula.

    1940 Federal Census, Multnomah County, Oklahoma, 17 April, Portland, District 37-292, Page 16A, 420 Ave 81 SE, Hse #271, Rents $4
    Wagner, William J Head M W 42 Married Grade H4 b Louisiana Phoenix Maricopa Co AZ in 1935 Machinist, Pump Manufacturers [b abt 1898]
    Wagner, Opal Wife F W 35 Single Grade H4 b Minnesota Rural Phoenix Maricopa Co AZ in 1935 [b abt 1905]
    Wagner, Barbara J Dau F W 10 Single Grade 4 b Michigan Phoenix Maricopa Co AZ in 1935 [b abt 1930]

    U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    William Joseph Wagnaer
    Residence 424 SE 81st St, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
    Birth 11 Jul 1895 New Orleans, Louisiana, age 47
    Opal Wagner Wife at same address
    Employed by Bingham Pump Company, E 7th at Main St, Portland
    Signed Wm J Wagner

    William died in Portland, Oregon.

    Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008
    William J Wagner
    Death 14 Feb 1947 Portland
    Certificate #622

    William Joseph Wagner, Sr
    Birth Jul. 11, 1895 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
    Death Feb. 19, 1947 Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
    Burial Chelsea Cemetery, Chelsea, Rogers County, Oklahoma
    Created by Diane Voegeli Apr 09, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #68114609, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=68114609&ref=acom&ftm=1

    After finding all the above details, the search progrm had enough details to bring up a genealogy that had the name and details of Williams first wife.

    William Joseph Wagner
    Birth 11 Jul 1895 in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Death 19 Feb 1947 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
    Frederick J. Wagner b 1872
    Fredericka Silbernagel 1879 - 1925
    Marriage 26 May 1917 to Eva Blossom Crawford Santa Ana, Orange, California
    Birth abt 1897 in California, Death 23 Jun 1922 in Orange, Orange, California
    Marriage Lula Euphemia Strange 1905 - [no details]
    [no report here of the 3rd marriage]
    --  Schaeffer & Spokes, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1152837/person/7021001738


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