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A.W.G. Farms Inc. was incorporated as a family farm corporation in 1975.  Alvin Wagner (father), Wayne Wagner (son) and Gary Wagner (son), (i.e. A.W.G.) were the principle stockholders.  Because of the value of the assets each owned, Alvin controlled 66% of the corporation and Wayne and Gary each controlled 17%.

Alvin died in 1976, leaving 17 % of his stock to Maxine Wagner (wife), the balance of the stock then went into a trust, which Maxine controls until her death. Maxine then gifted her 17%, to Daryl Wagner, (son), in 1987 to 1993.

Currently, the stock holders are Wayne, Gary, Daryl Wagner, and Alvin E. Wagner Trust.

 

When did the farm begin?

Alvin & Maxine Wagner

Alvin & Maxine Wagner 1946

Original Wagner Farmstead

Original Farmstead



Alvin Wagner and Maxine Jobe were united in marriage in 1946, and took residence in a farmstead located in Lowell Township, section 15, in the county of Polk.  The first year of there marriage, they rented the land and
house.

In 1947 Alvin and Maxine had the opportunity to purchase the section of land (less 80 acres) from Bert Ruetell, a clothing store owner in the town of Crookston, MN.  They settled on a price of $90.00 per acre. (Alvin often told the story that he could have purchased the land for $45.00 per acres, but a large potato farmer from North Dakota raised the price). In order to for Alvin and Maxine to close the deal they needed help from their parents. 

Henry Jobe, (Maxine's father) sold a quarter of land in Roome Township and gave the money to the newly married couple. Amos Wagner (Alvin's father) traded a quarter-section of land in Fisher Township with the quarter in Lowell Township.  Alvin and Maxine were then able to acquire enough cash to make the down payment on the additional 240 acres, thus the beginning of the Alvin Wagner family farm. 

 

Family History before Alvin and Maxine
Production agriculture in the United States can be traced back 4 generations.
more coming soon...

 

Henry & Irene Jobe

Henry & Irene Jobe

The Jobe connection
Rudolph Jobe, coming from Germany, settled in the Alexandria, Minnesota area, in the late 1890's.. The families proceed to farm this region. In 1924, Henry Jobe (Rudolph's oldest son) married Irene Wachter, and moved to Eldred, MN.  They settled in Roome Township, where Maxine was born.

 

 

The Wagner connection

Julius & Wife Wagner

Julius & Wife Wagner

Amos & Martha Wagner

Amos & Martha Wagner

Julius Wagner, coming from Germany,in 1902, settled north of Fisher, MN. Deciding living by the river was better (especially for firewood in the winter), moved just east of Fisher, MN.  Julius had 7 sons; one who was Amos married Martha Ross, in 1919. They moved to a farmstead less than a mile away in Fisher Township, where Alvin was born.

 

 

Willis Wagner

Willis Wagner
U.S. Army

Alvin Wagner family

Willis, Amos, and Alvin Wagner 1952

Willis, Amos, and Alvin Wagner 1952

Amos and Martha had 3 children, Lucille, Alvin, and Willis. Alvin started farming in 1933, Willis being 5 ˝ years younger started later, they both worked with their father until 1946, when Alvin was married.

In October of 1946, Willis elected to join the United States Army, had Willis not decided to join the Army, Alvin would have been drafted. Willis was released from the Army in the Spring of 1948. Alvin and Willis farmed together from 1948 to 1971.  (In the summer of 1970 Alvin suffered a Stroke (at the age of 45), this left his left arm un-useable.)  In 1972, Alvin and Wayne (son) farmed together, and Gary (son) joined the operation in 1974.  Alvin passed away in September 1976, leaving the operation in the hands of Wayne and Gary. 

 

Crops Grown
Both the Jobe family and Wagner family, were pioneers in the growing of sugar beets in the Red River Valley.  As of 2002 sugar beets have been grown in the family for over 66 years. 

The main stay crops grown on the farm are sugar beets, spring wheat, confectionary and oil sunflowers, and barley.  Since 1994, (a major out break disease in the spring wheat crop), other main stay crop are soybeans and dry edible beans. Other crops grown in the past have bee potatoes, peas, lentils, flax, rape seed, but these are no longer grown for various reasons.

 

Today's Farm
Daryl Wagner, Eldo Jobe, Howard Gudvangen, Gary Wagner and Wayne WagnerAWG Farms Inc Farmstead
A.W.G. Farms in a crop production farm.  They manage approximately 4200 acres, spread over a 18 mile radius of the farmstead with sales of crops exceeding $1.5 million dollars.  Employ's 1 full time hired man (Howard Gudvangen), (besides the 3 principle owners) and one part-time employee (Eldo Jobe), and up to 18 seasonal employees for the crop harvest. 

Slide Show

The following slide show is about the “Evolution of a Farm House”. It starts back in the late 1800’s and goes through what it is today. The house in the pictures was the one bought by Alvin and Maxine Wagner. It was located where the current farm yard is today.

 

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