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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Page address: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc247.html

Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Wigley, Earle J. 1903-1982 and Family. Collection, 1932 - 1998.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 247



Wigley, Earle J. 1903-1982 and Family. Collection, 1932-1998. SMHC Manuscript Collection 247. 1 Hollinger box and 1 oversized box, 1 cubic foot.

Abstract:

The Earle J. Wigley and Family collection consists of awards that Earle and Rachel Wigley were given over the years as well as photographs, and newspaper articles. Many of the articles come from Earle Wigley's time as a coach, but there are also article about the building dedication and obituaries for both Earle and Rachel Wigley.

HISTORICAL NOTE:

Earle J. Wigley was born October 21, 1903 near Lake Crystal, Minnesota. Wigley attended Mankato High School, and went on to attend Mankato State Teachers College. Wigley married Rachel Ahlers on May 18, 1929 in Chehalis, Washington, where Wigley was teaching at the time. After teaching in Washington, Wigley went on to receive his Master of Arts in History at the University of Colorado. He returned to Mankato where he worked as a teacher, coach and principal at the Teachers College High School and at Mankato State Teachers College. While working at the College, Wigley taught in the Social Studies, History, and Physical Education Departments, as well as coaching different athletics. Over the course of their life, Earle and Rachel Wigley helped those in need, and had two foster sons. He retired from teaching in 1970, but continued to be active in different sporting events and the community. In 1979, the newly built administration building was named the Earle J. Wigley Administration Building. On September 10, 1982, Wigley passed away after fighting an illness for four months. Rachel Wigley passed away on October 11, 1998.

This information obtained from the collection and the University Advancement Collection, MSU ARC 200.

Scope and Content:

The Earle J. Wigley and Family collection consists of awards that Earle and Rachel Wigley were given over the years as well as photographs, and newspaper articles. Many of the articles come from Earle Wigley's time as a coach, but there are also article about the building dedication and obituaries for both Earle and Rachel Wigley.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Wigley, Earle J. 1903-1982 and Family. Collection, 1932-1998. SMHC Manuscript Collection 247, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Don Jackson donated this collection in November 2010.

Processed By:

Heather Harren processed this collection in May 2011.

Related Collections:

Wigley, Earle J. 1903-1982. Oral History Interview, 2, July, 1979. SHMC Manuscript Collection 1670, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Wigley, Earle J. 1903-1982.
Mankato State Teachers College.
Mankato State College.
Photographs.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 247

Box

Folder

Appreciation Plaque to Rachel Wigley, undated

2

7

Awards, 1952, undated

1

3

Earle J. Wigley “Wig” Honorary Referee SMIR-MSU, 1977

2

5

Emeritus Faculty Plaque, 1970

2

3

Jackson, Ray Family History, undated

1

9

News article about Academic Festival, 1980

2

1

News Articles about Building Dedication, 1979-1980

1

7

News Articles about Castle Rock Grade School Basketball, 1930-1931 and Mankato School, undated

1

11

News Articles about Teachers College High School Athletics, undated

1

10

News Articles from Career and Retirement, 1977, undated

1

8

Obituaries, 1982, 1998

1

6

Photographs, 1932, 1970s, 1980, undated

1

4

Plaque from Teachers College High Students, 1935-1941

2

4

Rachel Wig’s Number 1 Assistant SMIR-MSU, 1977

2

6

Recognition Programs, 1964, 1979, 1980

1

2

Service to Mankind Award, 1979

2

2

Souvenir Program for Wilson High School’s First Homecoming, 1964

1

5

Yearbook, The Cardinal, 1944

1

1