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Biography of Rufus J Bagby -
from “History of Tulare County, California” by Kathleen Edwards Small, published 1926, by S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago.
Rufus J. Bagby
Rufus J. Bagby, one of the oldest contractors and builders in Visalia and a citizen who commands the highest meed of respect throughout this community, was born on the 3d day of September 1860, near Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of J. W. and Jane (Edwards) Bagby, both of whom also were natives of North Carolina.The family is of Scottish origin, Rufus J. Bagby’s paternal grandfather, Abner Bagby, having come from Scotland to North Carolina in an early day.J. W. Bagby was drafted by the Confederate army during the Civil Ware, but his sympathies being with the northern cause, he escaped through the lines and enlisted in the Union army, in which he saw much active service.After the close of that struggle, having lost all of his property, he went to Iowa, where he became a minister of the Presbyterian church, and later of the Seventh Day Adventist church, and filled a number of leading pulpits through the middle west.His death occurred in 1882.
Rufus J. Bagby received a good education, having passed through the common schools, the high school and a normal college at Clay Center, Kansas.He then served an apprenticeship to the plastering and brick-laying trades and became a contractor in those lines.He has followed this business intermittently all his life and has handled a number of large and important contracts in Kansas and California.He came to the latter state in 1888, locating first in Fresno where he followed his trade, and in 1890 came to Visalia, where he has since resided.He has been very active in many ways since location here and no man in the entire community stands higher in the confidence and esteem of the people generally.In 1901 he was elected a member of the city council, but resigned from that body in order to take charge of the construction of Visalia’s first sewer system.It involved the building of nineteen miles of sewers and was a two-year job.He served a foreman on the construction of the city hall, the Catholic church and the Goldstein building, and was city superintendent of the construction of the mill Creek conduit, which required a year to build.In July 1913, Mr. Bagby was appointed postmaster of Visalia, holding that position until June 1922, a period of nine years, and giving to both his official superiors and the public, faithful, and painstaking and conscientious service.This was a trying period, as during the period of the World war much extra labor fell to the postmaster.Since retiring from the postmastership Mr. Bagby has not taken a very active part in business affairs, his health having become somewhat impaired.
Mr. Bagby was married to Miss Elizabeth Hughes, a native of England who came to the United States in girlhood.Mr. And Mrs. Bagby have a son, Earl A., who is a graduate of the law department of Michigan State University and is now chief counsel for the California Transit Company at Oakland. Mrs. Baggy is a lady of many commendable qualities of head and heart and is active in local lodge and social life.In May 1925, Mr. Bagby was elected to the city council, being one of four candidates for two places, and was elected by one hundred twenty-five majority over the next high man.Mr. Bagby is a democrat in his political affiliation and has served as a delegate to many state and county conventions.He has also served on school and election boards many times, always with entire satisfaction.Fraternally, he is a member or the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and the Loyal Order of Moose.
Biography of Earl A. Bagby –
From “American Biography and Genealogy” by Robert J Burdett, published 1919 by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago
Pages 432 - 436
Earl A. Bagby.Engaged in the practice of his profession in the city of Visalia, the judicial center and metropolis of Tulare county, where he is also incumbent of the office of justice of the peace, Mr. Bagby merits recognition in this publication as one of the leading attorney of the younger generation in the county that has been his home from childhood, and in which he has won professional success and marked personal popularity through his well directed efforts and his sterling characteristics.
Mr. Bagby claims the Sunflower state as the place of his nativity.He was born in Clay county, Kansas, on the 8th of January, 1887, and is a son of R. J. And Elizabeth *Hughes) Bagby, the former of whom was born in the State of North Carolina, and the latter in England.The father started his business career in the humble capacity of hod-carrier, and served a through apprenticeship at the trade of stone and brick mason.Energy, thrift and ambition dominated his course and he has attained to definite success as a business man, the while he has ever commanded the unqualified confidence of esteem of those with whom he has come in contact in the various relation of life.He removed with his family to California in 1888 and shortly afterward established his permanent residence in Visalia, where he and his wife have since maintained their home and where he is now a prosperous contractor and builder as well as a contractor for cement and concrete work for architectural and other purposes.He is one of the leading representatives of this line of enterprise in Tulare county and that his ability and sterling integrity have not lacked objective appreciation in the community is shown by the fact that he has been called upon to serve as inspector and superintendent in connection with many important municipal works.He is a Democrat in his political proclivities and both he and his wife hold membership in the Christian church.
Earl A. Bagby was a child of about one year at the time of the family removal to California and in interests, enthusiastic loyalty and appreciation of its manifold attractions, he is essentially “to the manner born” so far as his relations to the magnificent commonweath of California are concerned.He is indebted to the public schools of Visalia for his early educational discipline, which included the curriculum of both the grammar and high schools, in the latter of which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1904, duly receiving his diploma being but seventeen years of age at the time.Curing the progress of his school work his ambition had been on of definite purpose and active resourcefulness, as from the age of eight years onward he employed himself earnestly in connection with the fruit-growing industry in his home county during his vacations and carefully horded his earnings for the purpose of securing a college education.He finally formulated definite plans and determination to prepare himself for the legal profession.In this connection he had the good judgment to avail himself of splendid advantages of the law department of the great and celebrated University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, but, owing to the fact that the requirements of the institution demand that a student must be at least eighteen years of age to be eligible for matriculation, he was unable to enter the university, on this score, until one year after his graduation in the high schoolAt the age of twenty-one, after encountering the vicissitudes and financial difficulties which are the portion of those who endeavor to complete a collegiate course on limited capitalistic reinforcement, he realized the next stage in progress toward the goal of his ambition, as he was graduated in the law department as a member of the class of 1908 and duly received his well earned degree of Bachelor of Laws.He was simultaneously admitted to the bar of the state of Michigan and forthwith returned to California, whither he brought, among other collegiate trophies a Jeffersonian diploma of merit, the same having been conferred upon him by the Jeffersonian Society of his alma mater – an organization that was incorporated in 1862.Comparatively few have earned and received this mark of scholastic recognition, and the diploma, awarded to him on the 1st of May, 1908, is justly prized by Mr. Bagby, who is full appreciative of the words of praise and commendation thereupon inscribed.As he himself has facetiously state, Mr. Baggy “bumped about from one law office to another while braving the starvation novitiate of the young professional man,” and during this period he received valuable experience through his association with Stanton L. Carter of Fresno, who was one of California’s most able and best known attorneys.
On the 1st of July, 1909, he opened the professional fight single-handed in his present offices, which are located in the First National Bank building in Visalia, and he has already proved the wisdom of his choice of vocation, as he is gradually building up a substantial and representative practice, based upon his excellent natural and acquired ability and earnest devotion to the work of his profession, to which he subordinates all other interests.On the 8th of November, 1910, he was elected justice of the peace of Visalia township, and he assumed the duties of the office on the 2d of January, 1911.In the primary election he secured not only the nomination of the Democratic ticket, that of the party to which he accords allegiance, but he was also given the distinction of being made the nominee of the Republican ticket, so that his election was practically compassed without opposition.From an article appearing in a local newspaper at the time of his candidacy for the office of which he is now incumbent are taken the following pertinent statements: “Mr. Bagby is a rustler and hustler every minute, and he personally attended to the preliminary arrangements for the Democratic rallies and meetings of the campaign.”Mr. Bagby is undoubtedly one of the youngest magistrates in the state and is certain to give most effective service as justice of the peace.
He has been earnest and indefatigable worker as a member of the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals, of which he is a legal advisor and the active representative in his home city.He has been both secretary and legal advisor of the Tulare county organization of this society since July, 1909.He is identified with a number of representative fraternal orders, including Visalia Camp, No. 320, Woodsmen of the World, of which he is counsul commander at the time of this writing, besides which he is chaplain of the Visalia Aerie, No. 1081, Fraternal Order of Eagles.