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Bagby, George F.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 187-188


George F. Bagby, deceased was a prominent fanner and stock-raiser of Hardin township, who owned about one thousand acres of land at the time of his death, which occurred September 5, 1897. His life was one of intense and well directed activity, crowned by successful accomplishment, as was indicated by his extensive land holdings. He was born upon the old Bagby homestead farm in this county, May 8, 1851, and was reared and educated here, attending the village school of Time. He remained with his father through the period of his boyhood and youth and afterward assisted in carrying on the home farm for his mother until her death, when he succeeded to the ownership of a part of the place.

On the 5th of April, 1895, Mr. Bagby was united in marriage to Mrs. Eva M. Cannon, a native of this county. Her father, Franklin Ransom, was also born in Pike county and his people removed from Indiana to Illinois, settling among the early residents of Pike county. The Ransom family is of English lineage and was founded in America at a very early day in the colonization of the new world, the progenitor of the line in this country having come to the new world on the Mayflower. Franklin Ransom was reared in this county and was married here to Mrs. Martha Cooper, a widow, whose former husband was Robert Cooper. She was also born in this county. Mr. Ransom was a soldier of the Civil war, valiantly aiding the Union cause, and later he was a farmer of Hardin township, being connected for many years with agricultural pursuits, but he now resides in the village of Time, enjoying a well earned rest from business cares. In his family were four children: Isabelle, now the wife of T. H. Mills, a resident of Armona, California; Mrs. Bagby, of this review; Sarah Lou, the wife of S. C. Brown, of Los Angeles, California; and Lucy A., a young lady residing with her sister, Mrs. Bagby.

Following his marriage Mr. Bagby settled upon the old homestead and remained an active and prosperous farmer of the county up to the time of his death, which occurred here September 5, 1897. He was reliable in business, energetic and ambitions, and he was carefully conducting his work along well defined lines of labor, so that his efforts were being attended with a gratifying measure of prosperity. Following her husband's death Mrs. Bagby took charge of the farm and business, held a public sale and paid off a large indebtedness. She has proved very successful in her control of business interests and although she has sold off some of the land she still retains four hundred acres and gives her supervision to its improvement and cultivation. She has built a good, neat and substantial residence and has three tenant houses and three large barns upon her farm. The place is neat and thrifty in appearance vindicating her supervision to be of both a practical and progressive nature. She employs a good foreman who attends to the work of the fields and the care of the stock, of which she raises considerable, finding this a profitable source of income.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Bagby was born a son, George Forrest Bagby, and by her former marriage Mrs. Bagby had a daughter, Lila Cannon. Mr. Bagby was a strong republican, but never cared for office, his time and attention being devoted to his farm and business. He was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church and although he did not become a member of the denomination he displayed in his life many sterling traits of character, being a reliable as well as conscientious business man, thoroughly honest in all of his dealings. He was also loyal and progressive in citizenship and in his home was a devoted husband and father. He belonged to the Knights of Pythias lodge of Pittsfield and to the Modern Woodmen camp. Mrs. Bagby is a member of the Christian church at Time and has many warm friends in the community where she lives, the hospitality of her home being greatly enjoyed by those who know her.

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