Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

WILLIAM ALLEN TRIGG is the editor and proprietor of the Garnett Eagle, a breezy sheet, which enjoys a good circulation and is published in the interests of the community, especial attention being paid to local affairs, making it a history of the events that transpire in this locality. Moreover, it reviews most intelligently the public issues of the day, and its advertising columns are well filled and show that the merchants of Garnett appreciate it as a medium for making themselves known to the people at large. The intelligent and able editor of this journal was born in Harrison County, Ky., April 30, 1840, and is the son of Thomas E. and Nancy E. (Goghagen) Trigg, the mother being a daughter of Michael Goghagen, a celebrated Baptist minister.

Thomas E. Trigg was a native of the grand old state of Virginia, but at an early date went to Bourbon County, Ky. He was married in Harrison County, that state, and his wife died in 1845, leaving three sons: John T., a resident of Centreville, Iowa; Samuel S., who died in 1853 in Iowa; and our subject. The father's second marriage occurred in 1847, and the year following he moved to Van Buren County, Iowa, settling on a farm near Bentonsport. In 1870 he came to the Sunflower State and made his home in Linn County, where his death occurred January 7, 1892. To the second union five children were born: Israel F., George E., Charles IL, Susie E. and Jessie.

The boyhood and youth of our subject were spent on his father's farm in Iowa, and he secured a good education in the academy at Bentonsport and in the university at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Like many of the prominent men of the country, he began his career as a school teacher, and followed the profession for eighteen years in the state of Iowa. In 1878 he came to Kansas, taught two years, and in 1880 was elected Probate Judge of Linn County, filling that position very efficiently for two terms. In 1884 he purchased the Linn County Clarion, which he published until 1887, when he came to Garnett and purchased the Eagle. In all these positions Mr. Trigg has distinguished himself as an educator and disciplinarian, and as a newspaper man he is alive to the current issues of the day, and handles his subjects with an ease, grace and finish that could not fail to attract attention.

Our subject selected for his wife Miss Mary E. Ware, a native of Van Buren County, Iowa, and the daughter of Rev. T. C. Ware, and their nuptials were celebrated August 19, 1861. Six children have been the fruits of this union, four of whom reached mature years: T. Ellsworth, Clarence J., Fred C. and Anna S. In politics Mr. Trigg is a Republican, and besides holding the office of Probate Judge he has held numerous local offices, discharging the duties of all in a manner reflecting credit upon himself and his constituents. He has found time to cultivate the social graces to some extent, and is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In his religious views he is a Methodist.

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