Richard Downing Bagley

Richard Downing Bagley

Craftsbury, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Death 5 Feb 1931 (aged 90)
Minot, Ward County, North Dakota, USA
Burial Richland County, North Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 113833493 · View Source
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Richard D. Bagley, 90 Year Old Civil War Veteran, Hears 'Taps'

Minot Man and Former State GAR Commander was in 27 Battles

Richard Downing Bagley of Minot, Civil War Veteran who, as a Union soldier, took part in 27 battles during the war of the rebellion, and who for many years had been prominent in GAR circles, died late Thursday afternoon at a Minot hospital in his 91st year. Death resulted from the complications incident to extreme age and followed an illness which had been considered critical for 10 days.

Mr. Bagley, in addition to his activities in patriotic organizations, was known as a composer and musician of high rank, and one of his compositions, "Asleep in Jesus", will be sung at his funeral services Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian church in Minot. Interment will be made Sunday afternoon at Fairmount, ND, where Mrs. Bagley was buried following her death in April, 1907. At his death the well known veteran was commander of Abraham Lincoln post of the GAR in Minot and the previous year had served as state commander of the Grand Army. There are, living in Minot, four remaining members of Lincoln post who have been named honorary pallbearers. Not all will be able to attend due to infirmities.

Mr. Bagley has been pointed to as a man of extreme vigor for one of his advanced age and had made frequent public appearances in the past several years as a singer and song leader as well as a speaker of eloquence and force on patriotic subjects.

A part of last year he spent visiting at the home of his daughter in Fort Benton, MT and during that time had made many automobile trips to various parts of Montana. He returned to his Minot home last November in failing health. In 1929, in the company with another veteran, T.C. Conklin, he had been one of a party making a motorcar trip of 7,000 miles to Portland, Maine and other eastern cities, incidentally visiting for the first time in 70 years, the place of his birth, Craftsbury, Vermont. There he saw again the church where he first sang in the choir as a boy of 13 years and recalled many structures and other landmarks which had changed but little in seven decades.

While at Craftsbury he saw for the first time a monument of granite erected in the village square in honor of his family's contribution to the federal forces in the Civil War, in which his father and five brothers had worn the blue. R.D. Bagley alone of the warrior family was living at the time.

During his eastern visit, he attended the national convention of the Grand Army at Portland.

Four children survive of the seven born to Mr. and Mrs. Bagley and there are six grandchildren and one great grandchild. The children include a son, C.E. Bagley of Minneapolis, and three daughters; Mrs. W.F. Kelly of New Richmond, Wis; Mrs. W.F. Anderson of Fort Benton, Mont.; and Mrs. J.F. Foster of Minot, with whom he had made his home for the past eight years. The great grandchild, Douglas Shannon, was born in Milwaukee on Mr. Bagley's 90th birthday last December.

During his 17 years in North Dakota, Mr. Bagley had resided in seven cities of the state and had become widely known as a band leader and musician. He had live, in the order named, at Denhigh, Lisbon, Cavalier, Wahpeton, McHenry, Fairmount and Minot.

He was born at Craftsbury, Vt. Dec. 8, 1840 and enlisted in the Union Army July 9, 1861. Much of his long service was spent in eastern sectors of the war and he was principal musician of his regiment when he was discharged July 11, 1865, at Burlington, Vt.

Migrating westward after the close of the war, Mr. Bagley in 1876 married Miss Alice Sophia Chase at Blooming Prairie, Ill. Mrs. Bagley preceded him in death 14 years ago.

A brother, E.E. Bagley, achieved nationwide distinction as a musician and composed the "National Emblem March" played by bands throughout the land.

A military background will be funished at the funeral tomorrow afternoon thru the participation of the Municipal band and the sounding of "Taps" by a bugler at the close of the services, as well as the presence of members of patriotic organizations at the church. The fact that interment will be made at Fairmount precludes the possibility of the use of a firing squad locally in accordance with army custom.

The Rev. H.E. Dierenfield, a member of the American Legion Minot post, will preach the funeral sermon, with the Rev. A.S. Dodgson and the Rev. E.E. Keedy assisting at the services. For some time Mr. Bagley was the leader of the choir at the Congregational church of which the Rev. Mr. Keedy is pastor.

World War veterans will serve as ushers and the central portion of the church will be reserved for members of the Grand Army of the Republic, Women's Relief Corps, Daughters of Union Veterans, and members of the American Legion and Veteran's of Foreign Wars and their auxilaries.

A mixed quartet, including old friends of Mr. Bagley and men and women closely associated with him will sing "Asleep in Jesus" written by him. Mrs. J. H. Mackley will give as a solo "Sleep Soldier Boy", famed official song of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

When the body is taken from the church to the Thomas-Larsen funeral chapel, there to await transportation to Fairmount, the Municipal band, led by G.C. Humphreys will play "Laurels and Palms" and "Taps" will be blown by Kenneth Pringle, boy scout bugler. The remains will be taken by train to their final destination at 2:45 o'clock Sunday morning.

Source: the Evening Edition of the Minot paper, February 6, 1931, contributed by Diane Guy, Richard's great-granddaughter.

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