James G. Bright
Born on April 22, 1814 in Clark County, KY, James G. Bright moved to Boone County, KY at a young age and then to Cincinnati, OH at age 17, where he learned to be a carpenter. In 1842 he relocated to Booneville, MO, and in the spring of 1844, he moved to St. Joseph, MO. Except for two years in California between 1850 and 1852, he remained a citizen of St. Joseph until his death.
Bright was a carpenter, a stone mason, and a prominent Odd Fellow, having helped in the early organization of the lodge. He did work on many of the older St. Joseph buildings including the First National Bank, and he never married. He passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. Cynthia Chapman, 408 Angelique Street, at the age of 88.
Death of an old citizen: James Bright, stonemason. (1902, November 7). St. Joseph Daily News, p. 5.
Death of J. G. Bright: A St. Joseph pioneer. (1902, November 7). St. Joseph Gazette, p. 4.
History of Buchanan County, Missouri: A history of the county, its cities, towns, etc. (1881). St. Joseph, MO: St. Joseph Steam Printing.
The Lozo-Needles Photo Album collection contains photographs of prominent citizens from St. Joseph, Missouri during the late 1800's. Alexander Lozo had a photography studio during the years 1871 to 1889 at various locations in the Downtown area. Lozo passed away on April 23, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. John T. Needles had a photography studio during the years 1874 to 1882 at various locations in the Downtown area. Needles passed away in 1891 in Colorado.