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Joseph Palmer Leggett, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1856
Columbia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 18, 1921
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Joseph Palmer Leggett

He was married to Ida May Eagan Leggett. They resided in a huge Victorian home on Grand Avenue in Carthage.

A prominent citizen of Carthage, he was a Manufacturer and member of the "Commercial Club" of Carthage which was instrumental in the 1890s in establishing business ventures in the area.

The Leggett & Platt Spring Bed company greatly benefited from their long term, thirty-one year inventive enginner Frank Dale Snyder (1882-1930), who continued coming up with new benefical inventions to improve their bed spring and its production.

The Leggett & Platt Spring Bed company greatly benefited from their long term, thirty-one year inventive engineer Frank Dale Snyder (1882-1930), who continued coming up with new beneficial inventions to improve their bed spring and its production.

Mr. C. B. Platt and his partner J. P. Leggett have decided to erect their new Grand avenue homes entirely of Carthage stone, which means a radical change in the building plans they had been considering and the plans and specifications, which are being drawn by J. A. Prather, may now be materially changed from the original designs.

[...the Stebbins & Johns Quarry company with contract to furnish stone for these new residences on Grand avenue. This is the first big contract announced for the new quarry.]

At any rate the change in building material means a very great increase in the cost of the proposed residences. Instead of $10,000 to $15,000 Messrs. Leggett and Platt are preparing for an outlay of from $15,000 to $20,000 each on their homes.

Mr. Platt will move the old M. L. Reid frame residence which he purchased yesterday, over to the north fifty feet of the lot.
SOURCE: Mornin' Mail.

The Leggett House - 1106 Grand avenue - A classical revival built in 1901 by J. P. Leggett, inventor of a coil bedspring and co-founder of Leggett & Platt, Inc. This style is late Victorian and is unrelated to any earlier Victorian style. Gone is the fussy gingerbread. The late 19th century was an age of imperialism and it begot an architecture more in keeping with the times that of Imperial Rome.

He passed away on May 18, 1921 at 10 am. at the age of 65 years, 2 months, and 12 days.

He was survived by his wife.

Burial was at Park Cemetery, Carthage, MO on May 20th, 1921 under the direction of Knell Undertaking Co.





J. P. Leggett, one of Carthage's foremost citizens, died at 10:30 o'clock this morning at his home on Grand Avenue from heart disease. He had been ill since Sunday. His death came as a shock to his many friends, a great majority of them not knowing that he was critically ill. Mr. Leggett had been in poor health for some time. He had gone to Kansas City for special treatment for high blood pressure on several occasions recently.
Saturday night Mr. Leggett complained of not feeling well. Sunday morning he came down town, going to the post office for his mail. He was unable to get home by himself and called for assistance from his office at the Leggett & Platt factory. He was able to eat dinner Sunday, but went to bed shortly after. His condition was worse last night. This morning about 8 o'clock he suffered a more severe attack but rallied. The fatal stroke came at 10 o'clock.

Came Here in 1878
Mr. Leggett was 65 years old. He had been a resident of Carthage since 1878 and probably no citizen stood higher in the esteem of the citizens of Carthage in general.
Mr. Leggett was president of the Leggett & Platt Spring Bed Manufacturing Company of Carthage, Louisville, KY., and Windsor, Canada and of the Bank of Carthage and the Jasper County Fair Association, which conducts the annual Southwest Missouri Fair here. He was prominent in local Democratic political circles. For six successive years he was mayor of Carthage, from 1906 to 1912, a total of three terms. He declined subsequent nominations to that office. He never aspired to high political office. For some years he was a treasurer of the Jasper county Democratic committee and was active in the local party councils.

Invention Made His Fortune
It was in 1888 that Mr. Leggett, in partnership with C. B. Platt, started their first spring bed factory in Carthage. They started with a few hundred dollars capital, Mr. Platt putting up money against patents which Mr. Leggett had made. for the previous ten years of his residence here, Mr. Leggett was a foundry worker. He was of an inventive turn and after the first spring bed inventions, which started him on his way to a fortune, he continued to make improvements and invent machinery for spring bed manufacture work, he holding patents on improvements on much of the machinery in the company's plants.
Mr. Leggett had been president of the fair association since its incorporation in 1905. He had been president of the Bank of Carthage for about 15 years.

A Friend of Everyone
Mr. Leggett possessed an unusually fine character. He was a friend to the poor man as well as the rich and had a pleasant smile and greeting for everyone. Probably no citizen of Carthage is more widely or better know in his local community.
The flag on the court house was placed at half mast today in respect to Mr. Leggett.
Mr. Leggett was a member of the Elks Club. He belonged to no church but was a regular attendant at Grace Episcopal church.

Born in Pennsylvania
Joseph Palmer Leggett was born in Iola, Pennsylvania March 6, 1856. He was married in Carthage in 1888 to Miss Ida May Eagan. Four children survive;
Raymond Leggett of Louisville, Kentucky
Mrs. Laurence Gray
Miss Marjorie Leggett
J. P. Leggett, Jr. of Carthage

George D. Leggett of Carthage and J. F. Leggett of Bloomfield, Missouri are brothers and Mrs. C. B. Platt is a sister.
Family links: 
  Ida May Eagan Leggett (1867 - 1928)
  Raymond F. Leggett (1888 - 1922)*
  Helen Leggett MacKenzie (1893 - 1969)*
  Marjorie Leggett Cornell (1899 - 1980)*
  Joseph Palmer Leggett (1903 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Bl 33 Lot 104 Sp 3
Maintained by: NJBrewer
Originally Created by: TJYahoo
Record added: May 26, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27112339
Joseph Palmer Leggett, Sr
Added by: NJBrewer
Joseph Palmer Leggett, Sr
Added by: NJBrewer
Joseph Palmer Leggett, Sr
Added by: NJBrewer
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