Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens


HERBERT W. PIGG. A man's life work is the measure of his success, and he is truly the most successful man who, turning his powers into the channel of an honorable purpose, accomplishes the object of his endeavor. In the study of every man's life we find some mainspring of action, something that he lives, for, and in Herbert W. Pigg, of Springfield, it seems to have been an ambition to make the best use of his native and acquired powers and develop in himself a true manhood. For many years he was engaged in railroad service holding responsible office positions with the great Frisco system, but at this writing he is incumbent of the office of deputy internal revenue collector in which he is making a commendable record.

Mr. Pigg was born on December 11, 1872, in Madison county, Kentucky, being the scion of a sterling old Southern family, the son of Louis P. and Susie (Ballard) Pigg, both natives of Kentucky. Louis P. Pigg, moved from the Blue Grass state to Clay county, Missouri, when our subject was three years old and later located in Kansas City where he became, a successful business man, engaging in the wholesale and retail grocery business in Kansas City for a number of years, building up a large trade and accumulating a competency. He retired from active life a few years ago. He is now about seventy-eight years of age and his wife is about seventy-six-years old. During the Civil war he cast his lot with the Southern Confederacy, serving three years in a gallant manner, taking part in many of the important engagements and campaigns in the South. Six children were born to Louis P. Pigg and wife, named as follows: Nora is deceased; Herbert W. of this sketch; Minnie lives in Kansas City; B. J. is deceased; Odie W. lives in Kansas City; and D. George who lives in Kansas City.

Herbert W. Pigg attended the ward and high schools of Kansas City, later spent two terms at Center College, Danville, Kentucky and also took a commercial course in Kansas City at Spaulding's Business College. After his graduation from the business college, he accepted a position with the Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Memphis Railroad Company in Kansas City, continuing in the work there, being promoted from time to time, until October 1, 1901, when he came to Springfield, Missouri, after the consolidation of the above named road with the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Company. He had been in office-work for the former road all the while and upon coming here he became assistant chief clerk in the mechanical department, which he held until he resigned to take his present position, having been appointed deputy internal revenue collector, April 1, 1915. He is discharging the duties of this important position of trust in a manner that reflects much credit upon himself and to the entire satisfaction of the department. While in the employ of the Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Memphis Railroad Company in Kansas City Mr. Pigg studied medicine under Dr. Charles F. Wainwright, dean of University Medical College, Kansas City; our subject never completed his course in medicine due to the fact that Doctor Wainwright left Kansas City, going to New York where he later died.

Mr. Pigg was married on May 22, 1895, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Hazel L. Lesueur.

Politically he is a Democrat, and has long been active and influential in the affairs of his party. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and he affiliates with the Christian church. Personally he is a well informed, broad-minded, companionable and genteel gentleman in every respect, and he and his talented wife are in every way deserving of the high esteem in which they are universally held. Mr. Pigg's death occurred very suddenly on June 22, 1915, due to an attack of heart trouble.

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