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Marion Bailey
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Birth: Dec. 1, 1854
Shelby County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 31, 1939
Saint Petersburg
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

from pages 768-770 of The History of Hendricks County (1914): An enumeration of those men of the present generation who have won honor and public recognition for themselves in Hendricks County, and at the same time have honored the locality to which they belong, would be incomplete were there failure to make specific mention of Marion Bailey of Union Township. The qualities which have made him one of the prominent and successful men of Hendricks County have also brought him the esteem of his fellow men, for his career has been one of well directed energy, strong determination and honorable methods. Yet he has not neglected to take his part in the public life of the community.

Marion Bailey, the president of the Lizton Bank and vice-president of the Citizens State Bank at Jamestown, was born December 1, 1854, near St. Paul. His parents were John and Catherine (Emdy) Bailey. John Bailey was born in Butler County, Ohio, September 19, 1827, and came with his parents to Shelby County, Indiana, when a small boy. In 1861, John Bailey, with his family, moved to this county and settled in Union Township near Lizton, where he followed the life of a farmer and stock raiser until his death in 1902. The wife of John Bailey was a native of Shelby County, Indiana and died in 1855, when Marion was only one year of age. John Bailey was the father of fourteen children: Mrs. Elizabeth Smith; Sarah, who died at the age of two; Mrs. Eva A. Campbell , and Marion, whose history is herein delineated, are the children of his first wife, Catherine Emdy. Mrs. Mary E. Dale; George W.; Peter N.; Mrs. Ellen Hall; Mrs. Nettie Hedge; Mrs. Nora E. Lee; Edgar; William, who died at the age of three; John T., and one child which died in infancy, are children by his second marriage, to Rebecca J. Reed.

Marion Bailey was given a good education in the schools of Lizton and Jamestown and assisted his father on the farm until his marriage, at the age of twenty-three. He was married November 15, 1877, to Rachel C. Young, the daughter of Milton and Susan Young, and to this union have been born five children. The first died in early infancy: Harry E., who married Dora Brown; Harry is a farmer living near Lizton and has two children, Buford E. and Vileta; Artie M., a farmer of Boone County, who married Nora Coombs and has two children, Kenneth and Earl; Luna A., the wife of Steward Pritchett, a farmer of Boone County, has two children, Thelma and Lowell; Goldie Vesper, a farmer of this township who married Ruth Keeney and has one child, Ronald Marion. Immediately after his marriage, Mr. Bailey began farming in Union Township and has been a successful farmer from the beginning and now owns three hundred and eighty-seven and a half acres in this county and Boone County. In 1903 he made his first venture in the banking business and upon the organization of the Citizens Bank at Jamestown, in Boone County, he became vice-president and has continued in that capacity up to the present time. Pre-eminent among his many good qualities is that of sound financial judgment and an ability to grasp facts and infer their practical significance with almost unerring certainty. After once engaging in the banking business, he became interested in it and began to make a study of practical banking. In 1910 he helped to organize the Lizton Bank and has been president of that financial institution ever since its organization. Both of the banks with which he is connected are in a flourishing condition and have gained the confidence of the community which they serve.

However, Mr. Bailey's life has not always been devoted to business, for he has taken a prominent part in the public affairs of his community and state and for the past thirty years has been one of the prominent figures in Democratic politics in his county and for the last ten years a conspicuous figure in state politics. His first official position was trustee of his township, an office which he held from 1881 to 1895; he then served as a member of the county advisory board, getting his appointment through the governor, then served three years on the state board of charities and correction, this board being composed of three citizens of the state selected by the governor. Mr. Bailey's first entry into state politics was in 1906, when he was nominated by the Democratic state convention for state auditor, and although the whole Republican ticket was elected in that year, he was defeated by only thirty-two votes. In 1908 the Democratic state convention recognized in him a man of great ability and a man who would make an effective appeal to the voters of the state, and they again placed him before the Democrats of the state on the ticket for state auditor. Again, however, the fortunes of politics were against him and this time he was defeated by a vote of only one hundred and twenty-eight out of a total of nearly six hundred and fifty thousand votes. It will be seen from what has been said of Mr. Bailey that he is a man of marked ability along many lines. As a political leader his convictions of right and wrong have been sharply separated and he has always taken a positive stand for clean politics and better political conditions generally. He has always heartily endorsed the maxim that he serves his party best who serves his country best, and upon all questions involving the material, moral and educational interests of society he has always endeavored to ascertain the right involved, with a view of acting in conformity therewith.

Mr. Bailey is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Improved Order of Red Men and Pythian Sisters at Lizton; the Free and Accepted Masons at Jamestown and the Royal Arch Masons at Danville. He is also a member of the Indiana Democratic Club, Indianapolis. Mr. Bailey has a reputation as a hard worker and a man of good judgment and honest principles. He is a self-made man and one who has in every respect merited the high esteem in which he has been universally held. He has been recognized as a man of public spirit, intellectual attainment and exemplary character.

Marion Bailey lived across the street from the Lizton Bank in his later years. This account from page 1 of the Oct. 13, 1931 Indianapolis Times describes a robbery of the bank in which Mr. Bailey exchanged gunfire with the robbers: Awakened by the first blast (from trying to open the safe), Marion Bailey, president of the bank, who lives across the street from the institution, opened fire on three bandits in front of the bank. Bailey, who is 77, and his brother-in-law, James Young, 80, became targets for a fusillade of shots from the bandits guns. Four of the outlaws' bullets bored into the side of the house, another barely missed Young and Bailey, and a sixth ripped through a wall of the house. Persons in the vicinity of the bank armed themselves, but did not dare turn on lights or open an attack after the exchange of shots between Bailey and the thugs.

from the Republican for Feb. 2, 1939:

Prominent Lizton Resident Dies In Florida

Marion Bailey, a life-long resident of this county and prominent among business and banking circles, died Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had gone a few weeks ago from his home in Lizton to spend the winter. Mr. Bailey was eighty-five years old, and had spent the last twenty-five winters in Florida. Mr. Bailey had been president of the State Bank of Lizton since its organization in 1910, and vice president of the Citizens Bank of Jamestown since its organization in 1902. He was ever active in county and state politics, having served as trustee of Union township from 1888 to 1895, and was twice candidate for auditor of state on the Democratic ticket. In 1906 he was defeated for this office by 32 votes and in 1908 by 128 votes. He had also been a member of the State Board of Charities. Eight years ago, when bandits blasted the safe of the Lizton bank and took $ 2,000, Bailey fought a gun battle and emerged from the fight unscathed, giving up when his ammunition was exhausted. Immediate survivors are three sons and a daughter, living near Lizton. The body will be returned to his home for funeral services.
Family links: 
  John Bailey (1827 - 1902)
  Catharine Bailey (1830 - 1856)
  Rachel Caroline Young Bailey (1855 - 1920)
  Infant Daughter Bailey (____ - 1881)*
  Harry Ether Bailey (1882 - 1943)*
  Artie M. Bailey (1887 - 1968)*
  Luna Alice Bailey Pritchett (1888 - 1966)*
  Goldie Vesper Bailey (1891 - 1969)*
  Sarah Bailey (____ - 1852)*
  Elizabeth H. Bailey Smith (1849 - 1928)*
  Eva Ann Bailey Campbell (1853 - 1946)*
  Marion Bailey (1854 - 1939)
  Mary Magadeline Bailey Dale (1858 - 1944)**
  George Washington Bailey (1860 - 1943)**
  Peter N. Bailey (1862 - 1926)**
  Susan Ellen Bailey Hall (1865 - 1936)**
  Willie Bailey (1867 - 1867)**
  Minetta V. Bailey Hedge (1868 - 1949)**
  Nora Esther Bailey Lee (1872 - 1946)**
  Edgar S. Bailey (1877 - 1955)**
  John Thomas Bailey (1887 - 1923)**
*Calculated relationship
Lizton Knights of Pythias Cemetery
Hendricks County
Indiana, USA
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Marion Bailey
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