WILLIAM J. BAGBY.
Prominently connected with the mining industries of Jasper county, Missouri, is William J. Bagby, the efficient
superintendent of the well known Marion mine. The birth of Mr. Bagby was in Springfield, Greene county, Missouri,
and he was a son of Samuel and Ruth (Marshall) Bagby, the fortrier of whom died when the son was but four years
old, the latter, a native of Missouri, now living in Fort Scott Kansas.
Mr. Bagby came to Joplin in 1882. For the previous nine years he had been a conductor on the St. Louis & San
Francisco Railroad, but he saw the great opportunities afforded in Jasper county and decided to locate in the mining
districts. Since that time he has been continuously engaged opening up some fine mines and acting as ground foreman
and as contractor, but in 1899 he came to the Marion mine and has opened it from the top down, the two shafts extending
one hundred and seventy and one hundred and fifty feet, respectively, and uses a one hundred and fifty ton mill.
This plant is located en Continental land and the are is of Ai quality.
Mr. Bagby married Miss Helen Robinson, who was born in Lawrence, Kansas, a daughter of Samuel Robinson, who was
one of the early settlers of Lawrence. Three children have been born of this union, namely: Benjamin, Roy and Fianna,
all of them now attending school. Socially Mr. Baghy is connected with the A. O. U. W. and Woodmen of the World.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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