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Rigby Printing Company

Do you do descendency research? If so, do you sometimes find yourself following a cousin’s family that takes you off on a tangent that doesn’t really connect to your family?

Well, that’s where some of my research regarding the Rigby family is taking me. I recently visited the gravesite of Elizabeth Jane Currey Rigby, daughter of Hiram Currey and Angelina Burke Currey. Elizabeth was the second wife of Robert M. Rigby.

As mentioned in his obituary, Robert M. Rigby was the president of R. M. Rigby Printing Company.

Robert M. Rigby Dies
End to Printing Company Head is at 74
Robert M. Rigby, 74 years old, president of the R. M. Rigby Printing Company, 915 Wyandotte street, and a printer here since 1884, died last night of heart disease at his home, 3816 the Paseo.
Mr. Rigby was known widely in printing circles. He was born in Chicago and came to Kansas City when a young man. He had been in ill health several years. Mr. Rigby leaves his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Rigby, of the home, two daughters, Mrs. Helen Ranson, Detroit, and Mrs. Grace G. Bennett, Hollywood, Cal.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 o’clock Monday at the home. The Rev. Burris A. Jenkins will conduct the services.

“Robert M. Rigby Dies,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 14 February 1932, page 23; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 May 2021).

A search of Newspapers.com in the Kansas City area for Rigby Printing produced an article about the filing of articles of association for the Rigby printing and stationary company.

A New Printing Company

The Rigby printing and stationary company filed its articles of association withthe county recorder yesterday. It has a capital stock of $22,000, the incorporators being George Dugan, Walter C. Carr and Robert M. Rigby. The company will carry on a general printing, stationary and book binding business.

Curious about what happened to the R. M. Rigby Printing Company after Robert’s death, I did a broader search and discovered a 1965 article about a new building for the R. M. Rigby Printing Company.

A Google search turned up incorporation information for Rigby, the Visual Dynamics Corporation that referenced R. M. Rigby Printing Company.

Since Google didn’t produce a web site or any current information about the company, I returned to the newspapers where I found an article about the company filing for bankruptcy.

Rigby Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Owners of the Rigby Corporation, a Lenexa printing company, have asked the U.S. district Court in Kansas City, Kansas, to initiate chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

The company, which operates in a 9-year-old, 100,000 square-foot plant at 14685 W. 10tth filed the request Tuesday. the petition lists assets of $6,307,208 and debts of $4,171,946; it lists other liabilities of $1,012845 and authorized capital of 4350,000.

Benjamin Franklin, federal bankruptcy judge, was to meet with Rigby officials this week to schedule a hearing.

The petition lists Robert P. Ingram as owning more than 25 per cent of the Rigby stock. No other persons were listed as owning more than 25 per cent. Ingram bought Rigby in March, 1972, from American Standard, Inc., a New York conglomerate.

Rigby was started as a printing company in 1883. It employs about 300 persons in three shifts. The company moved from 816 Locust in 1967.

Ingram, builder of the TenMain Center in the early 1960s, sold the building October, 1974, to Prudential Insurance Company of America. He bought KBEA-Radio from Intermedia, Inc., in September 1972, and KXTR-Radio from Senthesound Broadcasting Associations, Inc.

The land and factory building, funded by $1,325,000 in industrial revenue bonds are leased from Lenexa by Rigby, Don Capper, Lenexa administrative assistant said.

The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 29 Oct 1976, page 5.

Even though I have not uncovered what happened to the company immediately after Robert Rigby’s death, thanks to newspapers I’ve been able to document its move to Lenexa and then its move to bankruptcy court.