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Telephone company executive

James Philip Bigley, American telephone company executive.


Bigley, James Philip was born on July 28, 1912 in Viroqua, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Lawrence A. and Ellen (McCall) Bigley.


With State Bank of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 1930-1947. Officer, director State Bank of Viroqua, 1947-1955, 70–. Director Viroqua Telephone Сompany, from 1948, secretary, treasurer, manager, 1954-1962, president, manager, 1962-1983, chairman board, from 1962.

President Viroqua Building Corporation, from 1966. Director Capital Indemnity Corporation, Capital Transam Corporation. Chairman Viroqua Housing Authority, 1970-1984.


Board directors University Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation Inc., 1979-1983, treasurer, 1981-1983. Executive secretary Republican party Wisconsin, 1955-1957. Served from private to 1st lieutenant, 32d Division Army of the United States, 1942-1946.

Member United States Indiana Telephone Association (director 1966-1981, vice president 1974-1977, president 1977-1978, treasurer 1981-1985), LaCrosse Junior Chamber of C. (president 1939), 32d Division Veterans Association (national president 1957-1958), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wisconsin Telephone Association (president 1962-1964) Lodges: Eagles (Wisconsin president 1952-1953, international president 1959-1960, finance adviser 1962-1969, 73-78, international chairman program and activities 1969-1972).


Married Dorothy Bent, August 28, 1948 (deceased). Married Betty Lou Simmons, November 17, 1978 (divorced 1983).

Lawrence A. Bigley

Ellen (McCall) Bigley

Dorothy Bent

Betty Lou Simmons