William (Bill) Frederick Fridenberg (Frudenberg) (1863-1932) was born in New Madrid, Mo. to Frederick (1826-1903) and Natalie Keim Fridenberg (1838- ). Frederick (husband of Natalie) was born in Hanover, Germany, and died in Piggott. William had a brother, Henry Fridenberg, born 1860 in New Madrid. William’s father later moved from Missouri to Perry Co., Ind. In 1870 and was a widower in 1900 in Perry Co., Indiana where he was working as a laborer for the Henry Schove family. He died in 1903 in Clay County and does not have a monument. At that date he would have been buried in the old part of the cemetery.
William (Bill) Frederick Fridenberg married Nellie Ann Brown, daughter of Solomon C. and Amanda Pearl Pollard Brown, Nov. 24, 1892 in Clay County and they are buried in the Piggott Cemetery. Their children were: Flora Mae, Flossie Pearl (1894-1899), Freddie Mike Carlton (1896-1896), Vada Beatrice (1897-1900), Ava Unus (1900-1903),William (Bill) Orville, Upshaw Lee, and William Solomon Fridenberg.
William (Bill) Frederick was a postmaster in Piggott from October 29, 1890 to March 16, 1894 as vouched as a postman by Fannie Hubbard in a story written about her life by Thelma Romine and published Oct. 12, 1967 in the Piggott Times. She stated: “In 1891 our family moved to Piggott. Again, my father built a hotel. It was known as ‘Parrish Hotel’ and it stood where Piggott State Bank stands today. At that time there were only two other buildings in Piggott. Jim Scurlock had a store where Clay Hotel now stands and the old post office stood close by the side of the store.” Bill was a member of Piggott Lodge No. 17 which was organized in 1899, and Nellie was a member of the Ladies of the Maccabees of the World, Autumn Hive No., 17, Piggott.
Flora Mae Fridenberg, (1893-1973), daughter of Wm. Frederick and Nellie, married Bailey O. Bourland (1888-1970) on March 27, 1910 in Clay County. Flora worked as a nurse’s aid at the Piggott Hospital for many years. They had an adopted son, A. Eugene Brown; and reared a niece, Wanda Fridenberg, after her mother, Dovie, died. She also helped care for Wanda’s two brothers, Max and Willie Beredtte. When her health declined, she lived with her niece, Wanda Fridenberg Short in Boliver, Mo. Flora and Bailey are buried in Piggott.
William Orville Fridenberg (1903-Dec. 10, 1963), son of William Frederick and Nellie, married Dovie Barnwell in 1922 and three children were born: William BErdette (1923-1971), Max (1926-1987), and Wanda Lee Short. Dovie died in 1932. W. Orville married Flossie Belle Payne Crick in 1936, and they had Sue Ann Fridenberg. Flossie had Doyle and Maxine Crick Reed by her first marriage to Raymond Earl Crick. The First Baptist Church, where Orville was a member, burned on Dec. 9, 1963 and his funeral was held in the Methodist Church. An ad was found for July, 1926 showing Orville had a filing station and feed mill one door East of Hunt’s Log Cabin on Main Street, Piggott. Gas was 20 cents a gallon and motor oil was 38 cents. They sold Goodyear tires and used tires, washed cars, and fixed flats. They had feeds of all kinds and they delivered.
Upshaw Lee Firdenberg (1905-1957), son of W. F. and Nellie, started working for the Cotton Belt Railroad at the age of 18, put in 30 years, and retired one and a half years before his death. He was a stockholder in the Piggott State Bank when it opened in March, 1930. He was a member of R. C. Tucker’s Loyal Men’s Federated Sunday School Class in the 1930’s. He was married to Ida Lee Stevenson (1906-1999), a registered nurse and the first Health Dept. Nurse in Clay County, in Marion, Ark. on July 4, 1933. They had four children: Jerry Thomas, Sarah Nell Akers, Sammy Henry, and Martha Campbell.
William Solomon Fridenberg (1908-1973), Son of Wm. F. and Nellie, married Helen Ruth Gardner, daughter of Alexander and Jessie Williams Gardner, on Nov. 20, 1930. They had three children, an infant son died young, Barbara Ann Foster, and Robert W. Fridenberg. W. S. and his wife are buried in Piggott.