|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1900|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1963|
Rodney Virginuis (Virg) Bagley was born April 13, 1900 in Greenwich, Utah the third son of
Edward Carroll Bagley and Pauline Martinsen. He was only six months old when his father
accepted a mission call to the Southern States. After he had been gone for a few months, Pauline
sent him a picture of Virg and Voyle, a cousin who was about the same age, but she forgot to put
names or dates so his father had a guessing time trying to decide which little boy belonged to
In 1909 when Virg was nine years old, his father accepted a position as assistant Forest Ranger
on Fish Lake Forest. During the summer months the family lived at the ranger station at Fish
Lake, where Virg spent many hours fishing.
Virg always loved to build things. At Fish Lake when the family was returning from a trip they
would pass a sawmill. Virg would jump off the horse-drawn wagon and gather up all the scrap
ends he could carry. His dad slowed the wagon just enough so Virg could ran and catch up.
Merrill, his brother, remembers him with his arms full of wood and running to catch up with
the buggy. His sister, Ila, said that when he was a few years older, he practically lived with a
hammer and saw in his hands. His father set up a tent in the back yard for Virg's carpenter shop.
Doll houses and toys soon gave way to furniture, cabinets and repairs. Haying time found him
busily sawing and building. In order to get him involved with tromping hay or driving horses,
his older brothers, Merrill and Ellis, would carry him out of his tent bodily, one holding his legs
and feet, the other one his head and shoulders. When he attended the Snow Academy in Ephraim
he made a dining room set (table and six chairs),
a desk and two rocking chairs with leather
bottoms for the Koosharem home. He remodeled
the old house and built extra rooms and a bath.
After he was married, he often returned to do
He also enjoyed sports and played baseball,
basketball, and also wrestled on the home team
and at Snow Academy. He also liked to fish the
lakes and streams of Grass Valley and Fish Lake.
There was a saying, "If there's fish in the water,
Virg will catch them."
In 1929, while he was helping build the lodge at
Fish Lake, his girl friend, Vivian Jensen moved
to Ogden with her parents. After several months
and many letters, he made the pilgrimage to
Ogden and asked her to marry him. He bought a
new one-seated Ford Model "A" and they drove
to the Salt Lake Temple on a cold wintry day,
January 9, 1929 and were married.
Virg remodeled the upstairs of the Jensen home
in Ogden and made a cozy apartment. They
lived there a little more than a year when he was
called on a mission to the Northwestern states.
Virg's father, Edward Carroll, who was a bishop
in Koosharem at that time probably called him.
Although his early aspirations were
to be an architect,because of the difficult
economic times, he was never able to
finish his degree. He was a carpenter and cabinetmaker.
His work included commercial cabinet
work in banks and jewelry stores.
From the "Edward Alma Bagley 1847-1929" Book
by Clell V Bagley
Edward Carrol Bagley (1873 - 1957)
Pauline Martinsen Bagley (1875 - 1967)
Vivian Luella Jensen Bagley (1904 - 1982)*
Created by: Max Grant Anderson
Record added: Feb 18, 2011
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