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W.M.B. Stockbridge and Benj.I. Wheeler - Teachers
The handwritting on the back is by Judy Anthony's great-grandfather Henry Battey Hagan (first row left). His obituary provides more details about his writing skills and life in Providence.
HENRY B. HAGAN DEAD IN 77TH YEAR
Engrossed Diplomas for Brown Graduates for 50 Years.
Was Skilled Penman
Served R. I. Hospital Trust Co. 34 Years, Retiring in 1924 as Assistant Secretary
Henry Battey Hagan, who for 50 years engrossed the diplomas for graduates of Brown University, died at his home, 214 Cypress street, last night in his 77th year.
Mr. Hagan served the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company for 34 years and was assistant secretary at the time of his retirement in 1924.
The diplomas and testimonials which he engrossed were the result of the development of a hobby. Mr. Hagan was a skilled penman and also turned his hand to drawing and sketching.
He engrossed Brown and St. George's School diplomas until the time of his death. For many years he also did the diplomas for a number of the Providence public schools but in recent years had ceased to do that work. His penmanship also was applied to numerous testimonials for prominent personages in industrial fields and churches.
Mr. Hagan was a member of the Beneficent Congregational Church and served for several years as its treasurer. He was a member of a number of church committees at the time of his death.
Mr. Hagan was born in Providence, Feb. 24, 1864, the son of John Hagan of Paterson, N.J., and Abby Townsend Battey of this city.
His wife, Lucy Pease Phillips Hagan; one daughter, Mrs. Ernest Anthony of Swampscott, Mass., and two grandchildren survive him.
The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Irving H. Drabble funeral home, 309 Benefit Street. Rev. Arthur E. Wilson, pastor of Beneficent Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will be at the North Burial Ground.
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