Joseph J. Slagel1883 - 1915 (32 years)
Name Joseph J. Slagel Nickname Joe
Born 12 Feb 1883 Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States  Gender Male Birth 12 Feb 1888 Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States 
Census 1900 Indian Grove, Livingston, Illinois, United States 
Occupation 1900  Farm Laborer
Occupation Abt 1901  Built a shop near his home; there did mechanical work for his father's and other nearby farms
Moved Sep 1903 Moved into Fairbury
Occupation 1903–1906 [6, 7] Bought machine shop on corner of Main and Sixth
Political Abt 1909 Republican
Census 1910 Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States 
Moved Sep 1914  Moved to New Mexico from Fairbury
Died 5 Sep 1915 Deming, Luna, New Mexico, United States  Address:
Death 6 Sep 1915 Deming, Luna, New Mexico, United States 
Name Joseph J. Slagle  Buried Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States [1, 3] Address:
- April 18 1910 Fairbury City Indian Grove Twp Livingston Illinois Sup 8 E
um 28 Ward 1 Sheet 4B
107 107 Slagel Joseph J Head M W 27 M1 3 Illinois Wisconsin Ger German E
glish Proprietor Machine Shop OA yes yes O F H 10 0 4 3
---Emma Wife F W 24 M1 3 0 0 Iowa Fr French Fr French English none yes y
Excerpt from "The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Li
vington County, Volume II, c. 1909 (page 1048-1049)", reprinted in The P
antagraph, Feb. 29, 1984:
by The Pontiac Public Library
We have just passed over the threshold of the "horseless age."
Of course the horse will have his place in the world's economy, bu
t the average horse is destined in the future to have an easier life th
an the average horse has had in any highly civilized country for severa
The motor vehicle even now renders his service unnecessary for man
y of the tasks he has long been accustomed to perform.
The invention of light or buggy automobiles would now be recognize
d as a long step in that direction, were it not for the fact that it ha
s been practically impossible to fit them with sufficient motor power a
d still keep them in the class of light vehicles.
Joseph Slagel, son of Samuel and Mary (Demler) Slagel, was born in F
airbury, February 12, 1883. His father, who was of German ancestry, wa
s born in Iowa. His mother was of German birth and first saw the light o
f day of Baden, Germany.
Samuel Slagel was a farmer and blacksmith. Besides being a good b
usiness man, he is exceptionally gifted as a mechanic and the products o
f his little "smithy" never failed to satisfy his most exacting custome
In 1871, he disposed of his interests in Iowa, and removing to Liv
ingston County, bought a farm in Indian grove Township on which and [si
c] his good wife are living at the time.
Their son Joseph passed his boyhood on his father's farm, and befo
e he was done with the district school began to develop a mechanical a
d inventive talent which was doubtless to some extent inherited.
When he was about eighteen years old, he was supplied with tools a
d permitted to build a shop close by his home, in which he did the mec
hanical work for his father's farm and the farms round about.
In 1903, when he was twenty years old, he invented an oil pump for s
team engines, which has found much favor.
In September, 1903, he removed to Fairbury and bought his present m
achine shop at the corner of Main and Sixth Streets. Here he has built u
p a manufacturing plant which, for its purposes, is not surpassed by an [
sic] in Central Illinois.
It is equipped with lathes, drilling machines, planers, milling ma
chines and all necessary appliances, and is truly a novelty shop in whi
ch it is possible to make repairs of any kinds to machines of any descr
Mr. Slagel employs none but workmen of the highest class, and work t
hat cannot be done in his establishment certainly cannot be done anywhe
Mr. Slagel married Miss Emma Wagler, May 23, 1906. She is a nativ
e of Pulaski, Davis County, Iowa, a daughter of Joseph Wagler who died i
1902. Her mother is living at Pulaski.
Mr. Slagel adheres to the policies and principles of the Republica
party. As a citizen he is emminently [sic] public-spirited and helpf
ul, and among the many to whom he is favorably known there is not one w
ho does not admire his ability and enterprise and wish him abundant suc
Death of Joseph Slagel
The remains of Joseph Slagel, a mention of whose death was made in t
his paper last week, arrived here from Miesse, N. M., last Friday Eveni
g, and the funeral was held fromt he German Apostolic church Sunday af
ternoon, at one o'clock. The funeral services were largely attended, a l
arge number being present frm the surrounding towns. The remains were l
aid to rest int he Fairbury cemetery.
Joseph Slagel, son of Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Slagel, of this city, w
as born on the old home place, south of this city, Feb. 12, 1883, and p
assed away at the Ladies' Hospital, Deming, N. M., Sept. 6, being at th
e time of his death aged 32 years, 6 months, and 24 days. With the exc
eption of a year spent at Miesse, N. M., he had lived in this vicinity p
actically all his life. On May 24, 1906, he was united in marriage to M
iss Emma Wagler. They resided in this city up to about a year ago, Mr. S
lagel conducting a machine shop on east Locust street. Failing health, h
owever, caused him to give up his business here, and he purchased a ran
ch near Miesse, several years ago, and in September of 1914, with his w
ife, went there to live.
During his life here, "Joe," as he was familiarly known to his fri
ends, had made a host of friends. Always honest and upright, he held t
he esteem and respect of all who knew him, and in their hour of sadness t
he bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community.
Besides the bereaved wife and parents, he leaves one sister, Mrs. E
mma Hoffman, and one brother, Daniel Slagel, both residing south of tow
, to mourn his loss.
Killed by Explosion of Prestolite Tank
The first word received here was to the effect that Mr. Slagel had b
een killed by the explosion of a shot gun, but such was not the case. T
he following letter, which we received from C. C. Hollenback, who forme
ly resided here, but who also moved to Miesse about a year ago, gives t
he particulars of the accident. We received the letter last Friday but t
oo late for publication. The letter also tells of the high esteem in w
hich he was held in that community.
Miesse, N.M., Sept. 7th, 1915. Editor Blade:
Knowing that the friends of Joseph J. Slagel would like to know th
e particulars as to the cause of his death, I will give a short account o
f the same.
He passed away at the Ladies Hospital in Deming, New Mexico, Sept. 6
th, at 12:15 o'clock a.m., being conscious to the end. The immediate c
ause of his death was due to an explosion of gas Saturday afternoon at a
bout 4:30 o'clock, while he was charging a prestolite tank for his auto
mobile with acetylene gas. The generator exploding with great force. J
oe was standing with his hands resting on the machine and received the f
ull...of the shock, it breaking his...about three inches long...left si
de following around his body striking the spinal column.
Although he was thrown several feet by the force of the blow he ha
d gotten to his knees when reached by friends and later walked to his c
ar with assistance and from the car into his home. A physician was cal
led at once and every care given him that was possible.
Mr. Slagel moved to New Mexico last September one year ago and lik
ed the country very much and enjoyed much better health than he had for s
everal years past. He had just completed a beautiful new home, of whic
h he and his wife were justly very proud. He was very much interested i
his work of farming, and we had studied the problems of a new irrigat
ed country together on many occasions.
As a friend we had learned to love him. As a neighbor to esteem h
im highly. As a citizen he was above reproach. We will miss him. His w
ife, father, mother, brother and sister have the sympathy of the entire c
Yours very truly,
C. C. Hollenback."
Joseph Slagel Killed
Expires at Meisse, N.M., after being hurt when gun explodes--one arm to
off and both eyes.
Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Slagel, of this city, received a telegram from C. C
. Hollenback early Sunday morning stating that their son, Joseph Slagel
, had been terribly injured by the explosion of a gun. The telegram bo
e the intelligence that his left arm had been torn away by the force o
f the explosion and that both eyes had been blown out. Rev. and Mrs. S
lagel left Sunday evening for Meisse, but another telegram was received h
ere Sunday night stating that the injured man had passed away. His par
ents, however, were not apprised of this fact until they reached their d
No other particulars than the above are obtainable at this time. The r
emains are expected to arrive here today andt he funeral will be held S
Joseph Slagel bought land near Meisse, N.M., about four years ago, and a
bout two years ago he sold out his machien shop here and with his wife l
ocated on his ranch in the hopes of bettering his health. He had one o
f the best pieces of land in that section. He loved to hunt and stated b
efore leaving here that he intended to put in his spare time at this sp
ort, and it is thought perhaps that it was while on a hunting expeditio
the accident occurred.
Besides the bereaved wife and parents the deceased is also survived by a s
ister, Mrs. Paul Hoffman, and a brother, Daniel Slagel, both of whom re
side south of Fairbury.
Person ID I802 Megan's Big Tree Last Modified 31 Dec 1969
Father Samuel Slagel, b. 30 Nov 1849, Wisconsin, United States
, d. 29 Nov 1937, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States
(Age 87 years)
Mother Mary Demler, b. Jan 1855, Switzerland
, d. 3 Feb 1928, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States
(Age ~ 73 years)
Married 24 Nov 1875 Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States  Married 28 Nov 1875 Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States [9, 10, 11]
Married 30 Nov 1875 Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States 
- SCHLEGEL, SAMUEL DEMLER, MARY LIVINGSTON 11/30/187
5 F /182
Photos Samuel Mary.jpg Samuel Mary.jpg Family ID F368 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Emma Wagler, b. 20 May 1885, Pulaski, Davis, Iowa, United States
, d. 14 Jul 1926, Chariton, Lucas, Iowa, United States
(Age 41 years)
Marriage License 22 May 1906 Iowa, United States 
Married 23 May 1906 Pulaski, Davis, Iowa, United States  Married 24 May 1906 
Last Modified 17 Jun 2022 Family ID F371 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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- [S520] Obituary of Joseph Slagel
- [S720] The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Livingston County
- [S256] Graceland Cemetery Records
- [S16] 1900 Census
- [S18] 1900 Census (Illinois, Livingston County)
- [S23] 1910 Census
- [S2224] Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1951 and 1880-1940
- [S560] Obituary of Mary Demler Slagel
- [S722] The Hoffman and Slagel Families
- [S614] Obituary of Samuel Slagel
- [S3181] Slagel Services
, Slagel Services; 1 December 1937; Samuel Slagel Obituary; online; 9 December 2018
- [S341] Livingston County, Illinois Marriages Up to 1900
SCHLEGEL, SAMUEL DEMLER, MARY LIVINGSTON 11/30/1875 F /182
SCHLEGEL, ULRICH BRECHER, EMMA LIVINGSTON 01/31/1884 G / 1854
- [S520] Obituary of Joseph Slagel .