Lewiston, Idaho, December 24, 1898
Lott Wiggin, Dead.
Another of the pioneers of the front rank has fallen in the battle of life. This good man had become a patient sufferer for two years from a stroke of paralysis which prostrated him and since that time he has been an invalid. His long years before that misfortune befell him had been spent in a active business, as he was the possessor of more than ordinary energy. He broke down some weeks ago and best of treatment failed to rally his wasting powers and he gradually approached the end that was realized to be near for more than a week. The life went out peacefully and his last moments were soothed by the tender, loving care of wife and children.
Lott Wiggin was born in the State of Maine, October 1st. 1834. He was an argonaut before he reached his majority, resided in Portland from 1858 to 1860, when he came to the Clearwater basin. In company with S. S. Slater he established a store on the Clearwater river near Big Canyon. The Clearwater river not proving navigable all Summer, above Lewiston, the location of the store was not favorable for continued successful business, so Mr. Wiggin moved to Lapwai in 1862 and entered the employ of the government. Dr. Robt. Newell was then government agent and Mr. Wiggin accepted the position of wagon-maker and general agency mechanic under him. He filled that position three years.
He was married to Mary Newell in 1865 and since that year the family has resided almost continually in this city. Mr. Wiggin conducted a wagon repair shop in this city for thirty years.
He leaves a family of wife and four children to mourn his death. Ed, Mrs. Malloy and little Chester were, with their mother, at his bed side, at the last, but Johnnie is at his post in Manila, a soldier where he unsuspiciously awaits the sad news of his fathers death.
The deceased will be long remembered as one of the truest, best, and most honorable of Lewiston's citizens. He was honorable in his dealings and true in his friendships. He was a loving, patient, and indulgent husband and father. He was a faithful Odd Fellow and A. O. U. W., and his name is in the history of a thousand charities, fraternal and private. Such names stand bright in the memory of the multitude and they are written by indelible deeds in the book of life. Lott Wiggin was a good man. When that is the verdict of the neighbors there is no better warrant that the life just ended was a success.
The funeral took place at two o'clock today under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. He was followed to his resting place by a large concourse of mourners.