John P. Madgett is a partner in the real estate firm of Madgett Brothers and as such occupies an enviable position
in the business circles of Hastings. In this connection, moreover, he is a partner in the ownership of the Madgett
building, one of the fine structures of the city. He was born at Binghamton, New York, on the 3d of March, 1879,
and is a son of James and Mary (Hayes) Madgett, who were natives of Ireland. The father was born in County Kerry
in 1823 and died in Hastings at the very advanced age of ninety one years. The mother was born in County Cork in
May, 1845, and is still living in Hastings. James Madgett followed farming on the Emerald isle and afterward engaged
in shipbuilding in England. In 1866 he came to the United States, settling first in New York, where he engaged
in railroad work, but after thirteen years or in 1879 he arrived in Adams county, Nebraska, where he purchased
land, casting his lot with the pioneer settlers of this section of the country. His first home was a half sod house
and half dugout and there was a lean to barn upon the place. He engaged in farming with an ox team, his place being
on 32 Mile Creek in Denver township. Upon that farm he reared his family of six children, of whom John P. was the
youngest. For many years the father carried on general farming and stock raising but in 1886 retired from active
business life, although he continued to reside on his farm for some time. Later he removed to Hastings, where his
death occurred. His religious faith was that of the Catholic church.
John P. Madgett pursued his education in the district schools, in the city schools of Hastings and in Hastings
College. He started out in life by selling papers on the streets of Hastings when a mere boy and at fifteen years
of age he began work in the First National Bank. It was subsequent to that time that he attended college, for he
had come to realize the value and worth of education as a preparation for life's practical and responsible duties.
In early manhood he followed general office work and bookkeeping, remaining with the First National Bank for sixteen
years, during which time he advanced through intermediate positions to that of assistant cashier, and his long
connection with the bank plainly indicated his fidelity as well as his capability. In 1911 he joined his brother,
Mayor William Madgett, in the real estate, insurance, loan and abstract business and they have since been active
and successful along that line. They had laid out additions to the city of Hastings, have also handled lands in
Oklahoma, Texas and Canada, and in addition to his operations in the real estate and loan field Mr. Madgett is
a stockholder in the First National Bank.
As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Madgett chose Miss May Belle Parks, her parents being J.
J. and Anna B. (Barton) Parks, who are natives of New Jersey and Georgia, respectively, and make their home in
Hastings. The father, who came to Adams county in 1890, here devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits
for a decade but during the past sixteen years has lived retired. Our subject and his wife have a son; John Patrick,
Jr., who was born on the 2d of October, 1910.
In his political views Mr. Madgett is an earnest republican, well informed on the questions and issues of the day,
but has never been an office seeker. He is well known in fraternal circles, holding membership in the Masonic lodge,
the Royal Arch chapter, the council and the Knights Templar commander, in the last named serving as captain general.
He is also an active member of the consistory and he belongs to Sesostris Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Lincoln.
He is also identified with the Knights of Pythias, of which he is a past grand chancellor, having been unanimously
chosen for the position of grand chancellor for the years 1913 and 1914. He has also been grand prelate and grand
vice chancellor. His is an excellent record in the various relations of life, for fidelity to duty has been one
of his watchword and progress has characterized him at every point in his career.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
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