William Wagner, engineer of the fireboat J.M. Hutchinson, was born in Buffalo January 24, 1863, a son of Charles and Margaret (Dower) Wagner. He obtained his education in the public schools of his native city, and commenced his practical life as fireman on the tug W.H.Goodman, owned in Buffalo. He continued for four years in that capacity on various tugs.
In 1886 Mr. Wagner became second engineer on the steamer Moore, which place he held four months. The balance of the season he worked in Chicago, and remained in that city until the fall of 1889, when he returned to Buffalo. On April 19, 1890, he was appointed engineer on the fireboat G.R. Potter, and remained there until June 8, 1893, when he was transferred to his present position, where he has remained continuously up to the present time. Fraternally, Mr. Wagner has been a Mason for four years, and a member of the Firemen's Beneficial Association since January or February, 1891.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.