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Herbert Franklin Wagner
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1903
Death: Jan. 27, 1937

Coatesville Record
January 28, 1937

A domestic quarrel culminated in tragedy, grim and stark, yesterday afternoon when a man committed suicide shortly before police sought to arrest him on a charge of beating his wife.

Herbert F. Wagner, aged thirty-five years, was the man. He fired a bullet into his brain and died instantly. The scene of the tragedy was at the Wagner home, Third and Harmony street.

Left without a father are three children, Nathan 10, Wilma, 8 and Vincent, 6, all of whom were in school when Wagner went on wild rampage.

Deputy Coroner Harry E. Williams, Jr., who conducted an investigation,issued a certificat of self-inflicted death.

Wagner was emmployed at the forge of Bethlehem Steel company here, while his wife has been workig in a farment factory. They came to Coatesville from Embreeville only about two months ago.

BEATS WIFE WITH TOY GUN

Shortly before one o'clock yesterday afternoon, Wagner attacked his wife with a toy gun,, hitting her many vicisious blows over the head and face, and inflictin deep wounds. The omwna told police she was standing at the window watchin the three children godown the street on their way to school, when the man cam up behind her and started to beat her.

Screaming, Mrs. Wagner ran out of the house. With blod streaming from numerous wounds, she ran to the nearby real estate offcie of A.R. Yearsley and asked for protection. An attache of the office telephoned the police station. Captain of Police Ralph Williams, who was on duty directing traffic in front of the High school, was summond. In the police car he hastened to the real estate office. The injured woman was placed in the police car and rushed to Coatesville Hospital. From that institution Captain Williams telephoned the office of Alderman Walter Roegers, and idrectee that a warrant be issued for the arrest of Wagner on a charge of assault and battery.

Police Patrolman Charles Keenan was give the warrant to serve upon the man. Going to the Wagner home, Keenan knocekd on the door. Getting no answer he stepped inside. On the floor, his right hand clutchin a rifle, wa Wagner. The polilceman removed the gun from the man's hand, and then discovered he was dead. Keenan hurried back to City Hall and summonded the Deputy Coroner.

WIDOW SWOONS

Meanwhile, Mrs. Wagner had undergone treatment at the hosptial,and, afraid to go home lest her husband attack her again, was taken to the home of a brother, Elam Plank, 331, South First avenue. There it was, some time later, that she was informed of her husband's sucicide, She swooned and required further medical treatment. So shocked was she that it was with difficulty she told police, between sobs, of the events leading up to the tragedy. Her brother reamined at the Watner home until the three childre returned from school, and took them to the Plank residence.

Basil MacNew, an aged man, who has a room at the Wagner home, was upstairs when the man shot and killed himself. He did not hear a report of the rifle, and neither did workmen putting a new roof on the house at the time.

Deputy Coroner Williams ascertained that Wagner worked Tuesday night at the forge and returned to his home yesterday morning. He prepared a frugal meal for the family. Part of it was consumed. During the morning Wagner went to Coatesville Hardware store and purchased a rifle, a 22-calibre weapon, with which he ended his life. he told Edgar Pennegar, who made the sale of the gun, that he wanted to shoot skunks.

Authorities in their investigation ascertained that Wagner for sometime past had been showing signs of extreme nervousness. He is said to have nagged at his wife and was said to have an intensely jealous disposition.

Mrs. Wagner's version of yesterday's attack was to the effect that it was entirely without provocation.

Wagner was a son of the late Harry Wagner, who served for years as constable in West Caln township.

Besides his wife and three children he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Amanda Wagner, Martin's Corner; and these brothers and sisters: Mrs. William McWilliams, Wagnontown; Charles Wagner, Downingtown; Wayne Wagner, Wagontown; Mrs. Frank Bernard, Jr., Wagontown; Mrs. Horace Henry, Sadsburyville; Elmer Wagner, Wagontown; Mrs. Harry Greenleaf, Honey Brook; Clayton Wagner, Downingtown; Mrs. Harold Green, West Chester; Mrs. Earl Plank, Fisherville and Mrs. Vernon McWilliams, Rising Sun, Md.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ford funeral home here. Interment will be at Hibernia.

Articles provided by Dan Oh

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Eva Plank Wagner (1908 - 1998)*
 
 Children:
  Nathan Herbert Wagner (1926 - 1979)*
  Wilma J Wagner (1928 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hibernia Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery
Coatesville
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Gina Reardon-Gaddis
Record added: Aug 20, 2008
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Herbert Franklin Wagner
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