Marquette’s Historic Wagner Home 229 N. Fourth Street

Wagner Home 229 Fourth St. Marquette Michigan

The Wagner Home at 229 N. Fourth St. Marquette

One of the most noticeable historic homes in Marquette that is not officially in the historic residential neighborhood of Arch and Ridge Streets, although it’s on the corner of West Ridge, is the Wagner home.

This home was built by Honorable George Wagner, who was born in Prussia, Germany in 1834 and came to Marquette in 1854. He served the community in numerous capacities including justice of the peace, township treasurer, and alderman. In the early 1890s, he represented the First District of Marquette County as a member of the Michigan Legislature and introduced the Upper Peninsula Insane Asylum bill. In 1855, as a contractor, he laid the first tram road from the Jackson Mine to the Cleveland Mine. He erected sawmills in Alger County and in 1881, he discovered the Breitung Mine of which he became superintendent. Mr. Wagner was married to Gertrude Dolf in 1869, who was a relative of a relative on the Zryd side of my family. Consequently, my great-grandmother Barbara McCombie White used to visit the Wagner family in the early twentieth century. The last Wagner to own the home was Nettie Wagner, who later went to live with her Dolf family relatives. My distant cousin, Dorothy Dolf Drozdiak remembers when she was a little girl in the 1930s that Nettie Wagner used to toss her pennies from the tower’s windows. Today, the home is divided into apartments.

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3 Comments on “Marquette’s Historic Wagner Home 229 N. Fourth Street”

  1. Richard Holzman Says:

    I have been researching the Wagner family from the perspective of Wagner Falls in Munising. My main interest is showing the change of the falls over the years. Originally named Silver Falls, it was Clotilda G Wagner (Tellie) that had a 40 acre homestead granted in 1897. About 1935 a portion was sold to the state as a scenic site. Was hoping to find a press release about the dedication at the Alger County Historical Society but they had nothing on the falls nopr does the DNR. I have not found any info on Tilly or Nettie; have a copy to a 1975 letter from Helen Haviland (great-grand daughter of George Wagner) that notes the name change. Have a long undated biography from the Cyclopedia of Michigan on George Wagner but have found when he died nor when Tilly and Nettie died. Can send what info I have on the family. Can you fill in the gaps?


  2. Katy Says:

    I live in the tower apartment. It is beautiful! The history of it always fascinated me! Thank you for sharing!

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