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Bagby, Richard D.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 263-264


Richard D. Bagby, a representative of agricultural interests, was born in Pike county, November 1, 1848, and is a son of Larkin and Rachel (Kinman) Bagby, the former a native of Montgomery county. Kentucky, and the latter of Pike county, Indiana. The parents were young people when they came to Pike county, Illinois, the father arriving here in 1837. He resided for a considerable period near the village of Time, although after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bagby began their domestic life in Highland township. Some years later they removed to Pittsfield township and Mrs. Bagby died during the period of the Civil war when forty-seven years of age. She was the mother of eight children, of whom two sons and three daughters are yet living, namely: George L., a resident of Iowa; Richard D., of this review; Nancy, the wife of David Kurfman, living in Pike county, Illinois; Mrs. Susan West, whose home is in Kansas; and Mrs. Lucy Hornida, also of Pike county. After losing his first wife the father was married three times and died upon his farm in Pittsfield township at an advanced age.

Richard D. Bagby pursued his education in the common schools and in the public schools of Pittsfield and enlisted for service in the Union Army, in March, 1864, when only fifteen years of age; becoming a member of Company K, Sixteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the close of the war. He participated in the Atlanta campaign and went with Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea, participating in the siege of Atlanta, and the battles of Kenesaw Mountain and Bentonville, North Carolina. At one time he was in the hospital and was mustered out in Louisville, Kentucky, being finally discharged at Springfield, Illinois. Although so young he made a creditable military record which might well be envied by many a veteran of twice his years.

After the war Mr. Bagby returned home and remained with his father until the latter's death, since which time he has resided upon the old homestead farm. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of fine land which is pleasantly and conveniently located about four miles from Pittsfield. His farm is well improved and everything about the place is indicative of the careful supervision of an owner who is practical and progressive in all his methods. He built a fine house and barn on his place and has added all the modern accessories and equipments. He now leases his land, which is devoted to general farming and stock-raising and he raises Poland China hogs on an extensive scale. Mr. Bagby gives his political allegiance to the republican party, but has never sought or desired office, preferring to give his undivided attention to his business affairs, which have been capably managed, so that he has become the possessor of a comfortable competence that now enables him to leave the more arduous duties of farm work to others.

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