In November 2007 I got a message from the States with the following content:
“I am writing you because of the history of the piggy bank on your website. While you are correct of the origin of the name, you did not have the complete story. Here is the history of the MODERN piggy bank, which came to be because of a 10 year old boy in White Cloud, Kansas.”
In the early 1900’s, a ten year-old boy, impressed by a traveling missionary’s sermon about lepers, decided to raise money to help a boy suffering from the disease. Raising a pig named Pete, Wilbur Chapman, sold the pig, donating the $25.00 from the sale to the boy with leprosy. His compassion caught the imagination of the public and started the "Pig Bank Movement” to help lepers and the name "piggy bank” was coined. A plaque commemorating the boy and the idea of the "piggy bank” is mounted on the Community Christian Church on Main Street.