Edgar Michael Eagan was born February 26, 1902, at Republic, Missouri, the fourth child of Michael and Lauina Bacon Eagan. The paternal grandparents came to the United States from the County of Mayo, Ireland, and landed at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1856. It was during the period of westward migration and the young couple, twenty years of age, left Charleston immediately for St. Louis. The paternal grandfather, Patrick Eagan, received his first employment from the contractor who was building the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company, which had started in St. Louis, July 4, 1851.
Patrick Eagan worked with the original crew in the construction of the Southwest Branch of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad toward Springfield, Missouri. After the line had been built as far as Brush Creek, west of Lebanon, Mr. Eagan resigned and took up a homestead near Dixon, where his family was to be reared. At this location he founded the Eagan Catholic Church, at Frank’s Switch, east of Dixon. Near the church is the Eagan graveyard in which Patrick, Mary, his wife, and son William are buried. Patrick and Mary had five sons and two daughters: John, Thomas, William, Michael, James, Bridgett and Maria.
Michael, at the age of twenty-one, accepted a position with the Frisco Railroad on January 15, 1890, and was sent to Springfield, Missouri. In 1891 he became a foreman for the road, and was transferred to Republic where he made his home. He was associated with the company for forty-five years and retired in 1937.
The maternal ancestors are of English origin. The branch of the Bacon family from which Lauina descended was one of the early settlers in Hungary, County of Lunenburg, Virginia. The earliest trace of the family is one Nathaniel Bacon. He married Ann Miller, who was the mother by him of Nathaniel, Jr., Hannah, Andrew, Thomas, Mary, Abigail and Lydil. Lydil’s grandson, Lydil Parks Bacon, was the father of Richard, a captain under George Washington in the Revolutionary War, and Richard was the father of Washington Bacon, who was the father of Lydil Parks, the father of Lauina.
Lydil P. Bacon (Lauina’s father) married Cumi Chrisman who was the mother by him of Spotswood, James, Small, Laurina, Pairolee and Pairodine. Lauina was born September 12, 1878, near Pineville, Missouri, in McDonald County. The family was traveling from Dixon to Venita, Oklahoma, at the time of her birth. Later they resumed their Missouri residence at Dixon where Lauina married Michael Eagan on April 11, 1895. Lauina was fatally stricken with pneumonia, November 21, 1918. All six children survived their mother: Patrick, Small, Merle, Edgar, Mable and Pairolee.
William Wadsworth Bacon, a brother of Richard and son of Lydil P., was a captain under Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. At Mobile, upon the 25th anniversary of the bttle, his company presented him with a gold headed cane for distinguished services.
Washington Bacon, the son of Richard, was born November 8, 1799, the year of the death of George Washington. He was born in Luenenburg County, Virginia, and moved to Madison County, Alabama at the age of seventeen. He became deeply concerned over the subject of religion in his youth. Richard Bacon, his father, withdrew from the church of England, while Washington was yet a boy. He joined with the Baptists who were being persecuted for their faith and practices. Washington became one of the first ministers of the Christian Church and, as an itinerate preacher, assisted in the founding of many of the Christian Churches in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. He died April 15, 1887.
Edgar M. Eagan was educated in public schools. The degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred upon him in 1927 by the Southwest Missouri State Teachers College at Springfield, Missouri. He and Mrs. Eagan then taught one year at Ellington, Missouri, before entering the study of law at the University of Iowa. After three years in graduate work, the degree of Juris Doctors was conferred upon him.
He was admitted to the practice of the law in Iowa in 1933. The same year he returned to Missouri and was admitted to the Missouri Bar and accepted an appointment as attorney for the Federal Land Bank of St. Louis, Missouri.