|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1899|
|Death: ||May 11, 1967|
Son of Joseph Bigler and Ida Ella Nora Coombs. His ancestors on both sides were at one time from West Virginia, the Biglers having emigrated there from Pennsylvania. Paul was proud of his family and was sensitive about doing anything to disgrace his family's name.
With is eight brothers and sisters, Paul grew up in Central and attended the Central schools. When Paul was sixteen years old, the family, along with many other people of the Gila Valley, moved to Ash Creek Flat, an area south of Pima, where Paul's father homesteaded 160 acres.
Paul's wage-earning activities were varied. He worked in the oil fields in Ranger, Texas, and then as a house mover in California. He returned to Arizona and worked on the bridge-building gang for the railroad. In later life he worked in both Pima and Safford for the cotton gins. While he was in the valley, he could be counted on to help in many of the farming activities. He was often hired as an irrigator.
Paul volunteered to serve his country in World War I and served with the Coast Artillery in California. Because he was only nineteen when that war ended, he was also eligible for service in World War II and served with the Army Medical Corps in England.
In 1926 when he was twenty-seven years old, Paul married Nellie Fuller in California. And although it may have begun well enough, this was an ill-starred marriage which did not fulfill their hopes for happiness. There were no children and after about five years, they separated.
Paul spent the remainder of his life in Central, his home full with a menagerie of cats, dogs, chickens and horses. He loved animals and they loved him. During that time and until mechanized equipment was available to dig the graves in the cemetery, if there was a grave to dig and Paul was in Central, Paul helped dig the grave. Paul died at his home in Central and was buried in the Central Cemetery.
(A Century In Central 1883-1983, page 110-111)
Joseph Bigler (1871 - 1952)
Ida Ella Nora Combs Bigler (1873 - 1945)
Winnie Elizabeth Bigler Smith (1894 - 1971)*
Nora Frances Bigler Booth (1896 - 1924)*
Paul Joseph Bigler (1899 - 1967)
Itha Nell Bigler Booth (1900 - 1977)*
Wealthy Gene Bigler Martin (1903 - 1983)*
Royle Lois Bigler (1905 - 1979)*
Rex Ade Bigler (1909 - 1985)*
Merle Ruby Bigler (1911 - 1928)*
ARIZONA PVT US ARMY WORLD WAR II
Plot: Section C, Row 1, Sp 5
Created by: Jeannie Wood
Record added: Jun 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27259067