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BAGULEY, Richard

Richard BAGULEY, a leading tailor and the popular postmaster of Van Orin, Illinois, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1828, a son of Charles and Anna BAGULEY, who for many years made their home in that state. By trade the father was also a merchant tailor, which business he followed, both in Wheeling, West Virginia, and in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. He had learned his trade in the old world, but in his early days served as a sailor, and traveled around the world, visiting Africa and all the eastern countries. His death occurred in 1864, at the age of seventy-four years, and his wife died in 1844, at the age of fifty-three years. In religious belief they were Presbyterians.

During his youth our subject learned the trade of a tailor, but for six years was engaged in the drug business at Wheeling, West Virginia, with his brother-in-law, James REED. He is one of a family of twelve children, three still living, his sisters being Fanny, who has now reached the age of eighty-two years, and is the widow of William J. JOURDAN of Muscatine, Iowa, and Mary, aged seventy-six years, who is the wife of James REED of Wheeling.

On coming to Illinois Mr. BAGULEY engaged in the grain business in Henry, and subsequently carried on the same business in Van Orin for ten years. In 1885 he was appointed postmaster, which position he has since efficiently filled, his duties being discharged in a most creditable manner, and to the satisfaction of the many patrons of the office. He is an ardent democrat in politics, is a man of undoubted integrity and honor, and enjoys the esteem and confidence of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

In 1864 Mr. BAGULEY was united in marriage with Miss Malvina HULBEN, a daughter of George and Mary HULBEN, of Pennsylvania, and they have two children – Clara and Edith. Mrs. BAGULEY, a most estimable lady, is a consistent member of the United Brethren church.

Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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