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Charles Bagley 1873-1965


Posted By: Sharon Elijah (email)
Date: 11/21/2020 at 08:47:48

2 September 1965 - The Tipton Conservative

Charles Leland Bagley, a native of Tipton and vice-president emeritus of the American Federation of Musicians died July 9 in Los Angeles. His obituary was sent to the Tipton Newspapers by Ray (Squirm) Williams, Los Angeles, who is also a Tipton native:

"After his school days in Tipton, where he was born on April 24, 1873, and after several years' work as a photographer, he matriculated at the College of Law, University of Southern California. On June 16, 1910, he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree with highest honors (Valedictorian in a class of over forty), winning the only prize--a gold medal, given by the alumni association to a student making highest standing for a three-year course. A post-graduate course earned him his Master of Laws degree. He began law practice in 1911 and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States in 1933.

"His musical record is as varied as his legal career. From 1887 he played clarinet successively with the Silver Cornet Band in Santa Ana, with the Crown City Band of Pasadena, and with the Pasadena Grand Opera House Orchestra. He came to Los Angeles in 1893 and was a member of a symphonic ensemble, 'The Philharmonic', then, for twenty years from 1897, was a member of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. For about a quarter of a century he played in Los Angeles theaters.

"Mr. Bagley was a member of what is now Local 47, Los Angeles, when it was organized October 30, 1894, and was still called Local 19 of the National League of Musicians. By 1896 he was serving as a member of its board of directors. Local 47 was chartered on March 15, 1897, and he was its secretary from 1902 to 1910, trustee for 1910 and temporary secretary the summer of that year, president from 1911 to 1913, vice-president from 1918 to 1922, and its attorney for over thirty years.

"Mr. Bagley assumed the office of vice-president of the Federation in 1931, serving in this capacity for twenty-eight years. He has been a delegate to the Conventions of the Federation for over forty-five years and was chairman of the Committee on Law from 1921 to 1931 inclusive and a member of the Trial Committee long before that.

"He had also attended Conventions of the American Federation of Labor beginning in 1927 to the amalgamation of the AFL-CIO in 1955."


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