Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Wagner family letters

Abstract

The Wagner family letters (dated 1876-1948; 0.35 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters between members of the Wagner family that document their lives, education, families, and business in Ohio during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Wagner family letters
Creator
Wagner, Lawrence Cable, 1883-1958
Extent
0.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Business enterprises
Commerce -- United States
Family.
Letters.
Recreation -- United States.
St. Mary's Institute
Tourism -- United States.
Travel costs.
Travel -- Personal narratives.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient's last name. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0174: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Wagner family letters, 1876-1948, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lawrence Cable Wagner (1883-1958) was born in Sidney, Ohio to William H. Wagner (1855-1929) and Sophia Cable (1854-1883); he was known by his middle name, Cable, rather than his first name. His father owned Wagner & Son, which was a shelf and heavy hardware enterprise that sold merchandise all over the country. His parents married in 1880, and Cable's mother passed away in 1883 shortly after his birth. Cable's father remarried in 1887 to Ina M. Graber (1862-1912), and had six children together, Mathias, Robert, William, Alfred, Richard, and Rose. Cable graduated from St. Mary's Institute (now the University of Dayton) in 1904, and spent three months touring the western part of the United States and conducting business for his father's company. About 1909, Cable married Anna Louise Fitzgibbon (1886-1982), with whom he had three children, Mary Jane (1909-1981), James E. (1911-1980), and Lawrence C. (1916-1992). In 1914, after the passing of his step-mother, Cable's father remarried a third time to Esther Owens (1881-1963).
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Wagner family letters (dated 1876-1948; 0.35 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters between members of the Wagner family that document their lives, education, families, and business in Ohio during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The majority of the letters are from Cable Wagner to his aunt, Mary E. Wagner; grandmother, and father after his graduation from St. Mary's Institute that discuss his sightseeing trips in the West, business dealings for his father's company, people he encountered, his finances, and the weather in the various places he stopped in. There are also letters to Cable's mother, Sophia and her sister, Carrie, from their father that discuss social visits, his work at a bank, and checks sent to his daughters. There are a variety of letters to William Wagner and his first two wives, Sophia and Ina, which convey condolences for the loss of a child and discuss housing prices around Sandusky, Ohio. Additionally, there are letters to Sophia Cable from friends and family, mostly prior to her marriage to William, that describe social visits, asking her to come visit them, and events on St. Mary's Institute campus.
The Wagner family letters ares part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Letters to Carrie and Sophia Cable, 1881-1882

  • Box 251, folder 1
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Letters to Lawrence Cable Wagner, 1929-1948

  • Box 251, folder 2
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Letters to Mary E. Wagner [aunt] and grandma from Cable Wagner, 1904-1905

  • Box 251, folder 3-4
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Letters to Sophia (Cable) Wagner, 1876-1881

  • Box 251, folder 5
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Letters to Mr. and Mrs. William Wagner [Ina M. Graber], 1895

  • Box 251, folder 6
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Letters to William and Sophia Wagner, 1882

  • Box 251, folder 7
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Letters to William Wagner, 1878-1908

  • Box 251, folder 8-9
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Wagner family letters, 1904, undated

  • Box 251, folder 10
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