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Ralph Samuel "Fat Uncle Ralph" Bigley
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1892
Verona
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 20, 1963
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Pittsburgh Press, June 23, 1927:

POLICE CAPTURE YOUTHS IN STORE

Telephone Call Results In Arrest In Chislett St. Building
A youth who had broken into the hardware store of C. A. Cunningham, 1736 Chislett st., early today, it is alleged, was arrested in the place when Motorcycle Patrolmen Ralph S. Bigley and William Rupert rushed there in response to a telephone call to Serge. Edward James that the store was being looted.
The prisoner, who said he was Dominick Palmer, aged 17, of 227 1/2 Renfrew st., was later held for court trial on a
charge of entering a building.

Pittsburgh Press, December 13, 1929:

Coroner's Jury Exonerates Patrol-man in Death of Fleeing Negro.
The action of Patrolman Ralph Bigley in shooting Theodore Brown, negro, when the alleged thief attempted to escape, was declared justified by a coroner's jury today. Bigley killed Brown in a chase Dec. 2 after the man had been identified by Max Keyser as one of a trio who had held him up a short time previous.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 18, 1930:

ENRAGED MAN WOUNDS PAIR
Couple Mistaken For Group in Alleged Fight

Luvernis Lee, 39, 504 Lowell street, and Mrs. Ellen Rice, 32, 1838 Rinette street, Penn township, Negroes, were seriously wounded early this morning when an enraged Italian, believing them to be the motorists in whose car a woman friend had hidden, opened fire on them as they sat in a parked automobile in Kirkwood street. Both are in the Pittsburgh Hospital.
Tony Antoni, 46, of 6233 Kirkwood street, accused of the shooting, is being held in the East End police station. Police are seeking a woman and two other men who fled from the Antoni home preceding the shooting. According to witnesses the wounded man and woman were sitting in their automobile at the garage of a catering company where they worked. A woman ran from the Antoni home screaming and jumped into a parked automobile. The machine sped away. Antoni rushed out with a revolver and emptied it into the machine occupied by the Negroes. Witnesses attempted to halt Antoni, telling him he was shooting at the wrong machine. After emptying his gun he threw it into the street and fled. He was arrested a short distance away by Patrolmen Ralph Bigley and Charles Nixon. Police say Antoni had a cut on his head and his clothes were covered with blood.

Pittsburgh Press, December 19, 1934:

Officers Finally Get Man Sober - He Starts to Steal

For five years East Liberty police have been trying to reform John Dugan. How well they succeeded you will know as you read this story. Dugan, 41, had, in the past half decade, a long record of arrests at the East Liberty Station, and always the charge was the same - intoxication.
Since he was a likeable fellow, the police took a personal interest in him. After every arrest they would elicit from him a promise to stay on the water wagon. Frequently, with their temperance lectures, the officers would thrust into Dugan's palm a little silver, to give him a better start on the new life. With bowed head Dugan would accept the token, swear that he would turn over a new leaf, and then, in a few days, show up drunk again. But last midnight, it appeared, the Great Day had really come. Into the police station Dugan walked, without weaving. His hair was slicked down; he wore a necktie. He also carried a suitcase.
"I've reformed at last," he announced proudly to Desk Sergeant Ralph Bigley. "I've decided to go to Chicago, where I can get a new start. Will you let me sleep in a cell and call me at daylight so that I can catch the first freight?" The sergeant sniffed the air. Dugan had not been drinking! Beaming, the sergeant led the way and gave the reformed man lodging. The officer walked back to his desk and meditated upon the richer, fuller life that was stretching ahead for Dugan as a result of the kindness of the police toward him. His musings were interrupted by Margeur Privett, of 544 Clawson Street, who yelled boldly:
"I've been robbed." Mr. Privett explained that a suitcase had been stolen from his auto parked at Station and Frankstown Avenues.
"A suitcase?" commented Sergeant Bigley. "How odd!"
He took Mr. Privett back to Dugan's cell. Although Dugan, in sound sleep, was using it as a pillow for his head, the
robbed man identified the luggage as his property. After warning Dugan in Police Court today that a jail cell was no place to hide stolen goods, Magistrate Charles F. Papale asked him, "Where did you say you were going?" "I was going to Chicago," the prisoner replied, "but now I'm going to detour by way of the workhouse." "Right," snapped the Magistrate. "Thirty days."

Pittsburgh Press, March 7, 1935:

Nuptial Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph S. Bigley of South Negley Ave. entertained 60 guests at a reception in celebration of their ninth wedding anniversary, Sunday evening.

Pittsburgh Press, November 14, 1935:

LINEMAN HURT DURING ATTACK
Worker Hit With Hammer After Shutting Off Electric Power

A young lineman, who had just cut off the electric lights in an East End grocery, was attacked today as he climbed down from a pole in front of the store.
Herbert C. Perrie, 32, of Unity, employee of the Duquesne Light Co., suffered a possible skull fracture from a hammer blow on the head and was taken by two fellow workmen to the Pittsburgh Hospital.
Samuel Russo, 27-year-old son of John Russo, owner of the market at 1301 North Lang Ave., surrendered to East End police several hours later and was jailed by Sergeant Ralph Bigley on an assault and battery charge. He said he remembered struggling with Perrie, but did not recollect hitting him with a hammer. Russo and his wife also will be placed under arrest, Sergeant Bigley said, as they also are accused of "rushing" the lineman in a rage after having their electrical service disconnected. Perrie, with John Carthowright, of 7305 Hamilton Ave., and Theodore Jena, of 102 Amanda St., Mt. Oliver, were members of a light company crew which went to the grocery to shut off service for alleged non-payment of the bill. After notifying Russo of what they were about to do, Perrie clambered up the pole, deadened the Russos' wire and started down. Perrie stepped to the ground and, according to the police report and Carthowright, Sam Russo rushed up to him with a hammer used to open fruit cases and struck him on the head. Mrs. Russo and her husband also made for the lineman, according to witnesses, but he reeled away, ran to the truck and was driven to the hospital.

Pittsburgh Press, April 23, 1963:
Ralph S. Bigley

Services for Ralph S. Bigley, retired Pittsburgh police sergeant in charge of Traffic Court, will be at 2 p. m. tomorrow at the Raymond C. Waples Funeral Home, S. Graham St., East Liberty.
Mr. Bigley, 71, of 431 S. Graham St., died Saturday at Shadyside Hospital.
He joined the force in 1924 and worked at the East Liberty and Downtown stations before his assignment to the Traffic Division.
He retired on March 1, 1956. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a past president of the Police Pension Fund, and a member of the Masons Pennsylvania Consistory and Syria Shrine.
Survivng are his widow, Mrs. Estelle Mould Bigley, and a sister, Mrs. Garnette P. DeShon of Alhambra, Calif.
Burial will be in Allegheny Cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Ellsworth Bigley (1863 - 1940)
  Catherine Lucinda Zell Craft (1865 - 1943)
 
 Spouse:
  Estelle Mould Bigley (1892 - 1978)*
 
 Children:
  Ralph S Bigley (1917 - 1934)*
 
 Siblings:
  Edward Charles Bigley (1883 - 1946)*
  Garnet Perle Bigley DeShon (1885 - 1971)*
  Harry Wilton Bigley (1887 - 1952)*
  Ralph Samuel Bigley (1892 - 1963)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Allegheny Cemetery
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: MAUS Lot: 203E Grave: 0
 
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