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BODY OF JOHN i CRAGIN RETURNED HOME FOR BURIAL Pioneer Banker Succumbed to Chronic Pneumonia in Kansas Kansas City Hospital After Two Weeks There. The boily of John A, Cragin, retired retired banker and one of JopUn's premier financiers, who died late Friday night ITI Research hospital in Kansas City, arrived here at 6:86 " o'oloclc last night, accompanied by ills widow and their son, John Harold Harold Cragin. It was escorted to the funeral home of the Hurlbut Undertaking Undertaking Company to await funeral plans. Deatli dime to Mr. Urugia at 11:25 o'clock Friday night after an Illness of several weeks, due to a complication complication arising from chronic pneumonia. pneumonia. .His sou was at his bedside when he cued and Mrs. Cragin, who had boen notified earlier in the night of a sudden change for the *orae In his condition, was on hor way to Kansas City. She learned or his death upon her arrival there. Helped Org:atilze Bank. Mr. Cragin was a pioneer resident of Joplin and a prominent figure In the business life of the city. He came here In January, 1888, from Wolr City, Kan., and assisted in founding the First National bank, lie was a member of the first board of directors and the first cashier. He ilso was the first president of the Joplin Cliearlng House Association. Some years later he became president president of the bank and held that po- dltion many years. He founded the llubuque Realty Company of Joplin. Joplin. which took an active part in the parly days in development of the city and district and which has valuable lioldlngs here. Mr. rragin probably was as well ' !;iiown in American banking circles IIS any middle west banker. He was Ijiirsonally known to the leading Wall street financiers and considered liy them one of the best of bankers. t;pon retiring some years ago from the presidency of the First National bank, when he sold all but a few shares of his stock in the institution, he remained as a member of the board of directors until the First National and the Conqueror Trust Clompany were consolidated a fey years later. Upon the consolidation, he disposed of all of his Joplin banking interest and at his death was Interested only in the Interstate National bank of Kansas City, of which he was a director. Former President of GIo1)«. The First National bank was opened for business in March, 1888. Members of the first board of directors directors were: Charles Schifferdecker, president; D. A. Preston, vice president; president; J. A. Cragin, cashier; E. Moyd, Oalen Spencer, L. Risellng and J. O. Stewart, directors. One of the first important transactions transactions of the bank was the pur- ohaae of thirty thousand dollani of the city of Joplin funding bonds, issued issued on the occasion of the surrender surrender of the old city charter and organization of a city of the third class. Mr. Cragin became president of The Joplin Globe Publishing Company Company at the death ai the late A. H. Rogers and held that position aev- eral years. About three years ago he suffered an attack of pneumonia and he never fully recovered. He was in ill health most of the time after that and was retired from active business life. ,He went to Kansas City about two weeks ago for treatment and observation, observation, acting on the advice of his physicians. He was accompanied to Kansas City by his -son, who re- raaiued with him throughout his illness. illness. Borit lu Iowa. Mr. Cragin was 62 years old. He was born at Dubuque, Iowa, Decem- iDer 19,'l862, and was reared and educated in that city. His mother, Mrs. Bfflo Cragin, survives him. She is In St. John's hospital, where she has been confined for several weeks suffering from a broken hip sustained sustained In a fall, s Mr. Cragin began his career as a flhipping clerk at Dubuque. He then •went to Grafton. N, D., where he •was a clerical executive in the First National bank for one year. Ho calned his initial banking experi- • enoe while there. Some time later he went to Weir, Kan., and became associated with his father in establishing establishing the Weir City bank. He as- aunied entire charge of that institution institution and continued to conduct tUe huslness until he came here in 18 & 6 to become interested in founding the First National bank. He was married to Miss Minnie (Continued on page 2)

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  1. Joplin Globe,
  2. 28 Dec 1924, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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