HARRY F. BAGGE was born in Camden to Dr. Samuel and Mary Bagge around 1863. The Bagge family was living in Philadelphia at the time of the 1870 Census, but, by 1878 the family had relocated to Camden. Dr. Bagge ann family made their home at 1000 Broadway, the corner of Broadway and Walnut Streets.

Sadly, Dr. Samuel Bagge passed away opn May 28, 1880. When the census was taken later that year, the Bagge family still lived at 1000 Broadway. Older brother Edward was then working as a druggist, sister Mary as a sales lady, while Harry F. Bagge, the 17, worked at a dental instruments factory. Younger brother Frank, the 12, was still at school. Harry F. Bagge continued to live at 1000 Broadway through the early 1890s. 

Harry F. Bagge stayed with the dental instruments firm through 1887. He worked briefly as a letter carrier, as a shoe cutter, before securing a position with the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1892. Harry F. Bagge remained with John Hancock for 47 years, until his retirement in the spring of 1939.

Harry F. Bagge married Margaret Christman around 1895. Two children were born of this union, Harry R., born in 1902, and Elizabeth, born about 1905. At the time of the 1910 Census the family lived at 500 Trenton Avenue. Later in the decade the family would move to 848 Haddon Avenue, where he would spend the rest of his life.

Harry F. Bagge died on May 30, 1939 at Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ, survived by his wife, son Harry R. Bagge, a music teacher who worked at one time as an organist for Joseph H. Murray at his Cooper street funeral home, and daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Sickler, of Sicklerville NJ.

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1939


Harry Fortesque Bagge, a lifelong resident of Camden and who retired a month ago as district supervisor of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company Camden office, died in the Cooper Hospital Tuesday after an illness of three weeks.

Mr. Bagge, who had been associated with the insurance company for 47 years, was a member of the Broadway Methodist Church. He lived at 848 Haddon Avenue. 

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Margaret Christman Bagge; a son, Harry R. Bagge, organist at the Joseph H. Murray & Son Funeral Home, 408 Cooper street; a daughter. Mrs. Elizabeth Sickler, of Sicklerville, and a brother, Frank Bagge, of Philadelphia.

Funeral services will. be held at the Murray Funeral Home Saturday at 2 p. m. Burial will be in Harleigh Cemetery.