Osborne Wrigley, Esq. was born in April of 1890 in Bootle, Lancashire, England. He attended the elite Chetham’s Hospital School (now Chetham’s School of Music) in Manchester, England. Chetham’s library holds the papers of Mr. Wrigley’s purported ancestor, Dr. John Byrom, M.A. (Cantab.), F.R.S..
He fought in World War I with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant. In the trenches, Lieutenant Wrigley carried a handmade book made by his girlfriend, Miss Dora Pimley which is kept by the family to this day. After the war, he married Miss Pimley and she bore him two children: Osborne Rosslyn Wrigley and Pamela Byrom Wrigley (now Hughes).
Mr. Wrigley’s artistic talents earnt him numerous awards, including a royal medal in art awarded by the King. His successful career in design culminated in the creation of the Wrigley Textile Mill, Manchester. He died in 1972 and was cremated. The large W on the chimney of his mill remained for over 30 years after his death.