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Albert WIlliams Bailey
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Birth: May 14, 1873
Shelby County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1954
Natrona County
Wyoming, USA


Albert Williams Bailey was born near Steward-son, Illinois, May 14, 1873, and departed this life at Casper, Wyoming, February 5, 1954, at the age of 80 years, 8 months, and 22 days.
His early life was spent on the farm in Shelby County, Illinois. Determined to receive the best education possible, he taught in the rural schools to finance attendance at college in alternate years. This training was interupted by the Spanish Ameri-can War in 1898 when he enlisted in Company K, 4th Illinois Volunteer Regiment, a unit which received special recognition from President McKinley when reviewed by him.
Following the War he continued his education at Austin College, Effingliam, Ill., from which he was graduated in 1900. After serving as Superintendent of Schools at Patoka and Athens, Illinois, he did graduate work at the University of Illinois.
June 15, 1904, he was married to Edna E. Boies near Corydon, Iowa, following which the couple visited the World's Fair at St. Louis commemorat-ing the 50th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.
For seventeen years Mr. Bailey followed the teaching profession, serving as superintendent of schools at Athens and Auburn, Illinois; Stratton, Nebraska; and at Mooreroft and Gillette, Wyoming. In all three states he held life teaching certificates. In the State of Illinois this was a rare achievement, calling for examination in sixteen solid subjects-it required four eight-hour days to write the exami-nation, and a passing grade was required in each of the sixteen subjects. In 31 years, only 94 had passed the examination in the entire state.
In 1917 Mr. and Mrs. Bailey established the Bailey School Supply House at Gillette, Wyoming, later establishing a branch at Casper where the family has resided since 1926.
Mr. Bailey was outstanding as a Christian lay-man, serving in many places as Sunday school superintendent, Bible teacher, deacon, and devotional speaker. In his modest way, he always credited any accomplishment of this kind to the inspiration of his devoted wife, Edna. Their lives were united in Christ.
In spite of crowded business and church activities, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey found time to establish and build an unusual Christian home. The family altai and church attendance were an integral part of the family set-up and the home was a proving ground for the faith inspired by God's word. Prayer made possible a way through every challenge and every adversity. Four of the children were graduated from William Jewell College. Two are in full-time Christian service-all are, with their families, en-listed in the Christian cause.
Mr. Bailey was granted the "four score years" reserved for strong men, and having "fought a good fight" and having looked forward to joining the one to whom he had been so devoted for half a century, it seems timely that the Lord should call him up higher just now. His loved ones miss him, but would not grieve his passing. Rather, they would recount the blessings of a wonderful Christian home and set for themselves the goal of passing on to their own children a heritage that even approximates that which they have received.

The Casper Tribune-Herald
Friday, Feb. 5, 1954

Albert W. Bailey, 80, pioneer Wyoming educator and founder of the Bailey School Supply Co. here, died early Friday at Memorial hospital. He lived at 225 South Park and he had been ill for about three months. He came to Casper in 1926.

In his long life, Mr. Bailey had crowded a score of occupations and avocations. He fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American war, was superintendent of schools at Gillette, was a licensed surveyor, a cartographer and historian, operated a ranch, and invented a windmill, a rotary school locker and a new type of helicopter blade.

He also was intensley interested in the work of the church and was in demand for addresses in schools and churches. At the time of his death he was deacon-emeritus of the First Baptist church of Casper.

Mr. Bailey was born in Stewardson, Ill. on May 14, 1873. He attended Austin, Ill. College and the University of Illinois and had taught for 23 years in schools in Illinois, Nebraska and Wyoming. He held life teaching certificates in all three states.

While superintendent of schools at Gillette he organized the first county-wide high school district in the state. He also founded the Bailey School Supply Co. at Gillette, later establishing a branch at Casper, and still later consolidating the business here.

He retired from the school supply business in 1945, turning it over to a son, Jim, and entered the real estate business.

Mr. Bailey married Edna Boise in Illinois in 1903 and nine children were born to them. Mrs. Bailey died in 1951, and four daughters are also dead.

Surviving are five sons, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The sons are; the Rev. J. Sam Bailey, Altadena, state director of Christian education for the American Baptist Convention in California; the Rev. H. Howard Bailey, pastor of Montclair Baptist church in Denver; Jim Bailey of the Bailey School Supply here, Walt Bailey, instructor at Casper Junior College, and Paul Bailey of the Casper Fire Department.

Funeral arrangement will be announced later by the Horstman-Gay Mortuary.

When Mr. and Mrs. Bailey came to Wyoming in 1913, they homesteaded on a ranch near Gillette. Later he became superintendent of schools, and in 1917, left that position to found the Bailey School Supply Co. with his wife.

He was a deacon and superintendent of the Sunday School in the Baptist church, both in Gillette and Casper, and in later life devoted a great deal of his time to Christian work.

Mr. Bailey was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge, was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Knights Templar. He was a member of the United Spanish War Veterans and had served both as state commander and commander of the Casper unit.

His interest in Wyoming history and geography caused him to author several texts used in Wyoming schools and he published several maps of the state including the first one to show the revised boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.

While he lived in Gillette, he was appointed by the fe4deral government as a consultant in the relocation of bench marks in the Campbell county survey when the area was opened to homesteading following the First World War.

Of an inventive turn of mind, Mr. Bailey designed a windmill in which the blades varied deflection according to the strength of the wind, a principle which he used much later in designing a working model of a helicopter sweep. He also designed a rotary type of school locker, controlled by a master opening bar to eliminate the busy rattling of locker doors by students.

The school locker is in use in a few Wyoming schools, and the windmill also was manufactured, but after Mr. Bailey's patent on it ran out. But that didn't bother him-he had lost interest in it when he solved the problem of the variable-deflecting blades and had made a workable piece of equipment.

The funeral was mentioned in the Feb. 7, 1954 edition. It was held on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1954 at First Baptist Church. The Rev. W. Berkeley Ormond was officiating.

Family links: 
  Samuel Crouch Bailey (1839 - 1927)
  Francinah Williams Bailey (1847 - 1917)
  Edna E. Boies Bailey (1883 - 1951)*
  Harvey Howard Bailey (1907 - 2000)*
  Mary Francinah Bailey English (1908 - 1935)*
  Imo Cordelia Bailey (1909 - 1913)*
  Thurza Edna Bailey (1910 - 1935)*
  James Miner Bailey (1913 - 2012)*
  Albert Walter Bailey (1917 - 1958)*
  Mary E. Bailey*
  John W. Bailey (1867 - 1955)*
  Clara Belle Bailey Haverstock - Sexon (1871 - 1940)*
  Albert WIlliams Bailey (1873 - 1954)
  Isaac Bailey (1879 - 1936)*
  Ida Bailey Koontz (1879 - 1959)*
  Walter Samuel Bailey (1883 - 1957)*
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Highland Cemetery
Natrona County
Wyoming, USA
Maintained by: Rev. Dale Sims
Originally Created by: Cemetery Walker
Record added: Apr 16, 2010
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Albert WIlliams Bailey
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Albert WIlliams Bailey
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