|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1841|
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 1901|
Civil War Veteran, Company G, 42nd Ohio Infantry
At the Leland Hotel farm, at 4:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, October 8, 1901, of Bright's disease, Col. Noble Bates Wiggins, aged 59 years, 11 months and 13 days. The news of the sudden death of Col. Wiggins came as a shock to his many friends. Although he had been a sufferer for some time, it was not known that death was so near. Col. Wiggins had been driven to the city yesterday forenoon, and passed an hour and a half at the Leland hotel, leaving shortly after noon. He was in good spirits. When he returned home he retired at 3 o'clock and soon grew rapidly worse and passed away, surrounded by his family, consisting of Mrs. Wiggins, Horace, Lewis and Lucy Wiggins. Col. Wiggins was one of the best known and most popular hotel men in the west. He was of a generous and genial nature, and he numbered his friends by the thousand.
He was born at Newburg, O., Oct. 21, 1841, and served during the civil war in Garfield's regiment, the Forty-second Ohio Volunteer infantry. At the close of the war he came to Springfield with Horace S. Leland to open the Leland hotel, Jan. 8, 1867. The hotel, which was built by a syndicate of capitalists, was shortly afterward purchased by Messrs. Leland and Wiggins. Soon after he was married to Mr. Leland's sister, Clarissa L. Leland, and continued in the management of the hotel as managing partner until the death of Mr. Leland, when he purchased the interest of the latter, and has since conducted the hotel and the hotel farm.
Col. Wiggins was three times appointed by Gov. Cullom on his military staff, and was reappointed by Governors Oglesby, Hamilton, Fifer and Altgeld, on their respective staffs.
Col. Wiggins is survived by his widow, two sons, Horace Leland Wiggins, manager of the hotel; Lewis Bates Wiggins, steward of the hotel, and one daughter, Miss Lucy Alice Wiggins, all residing here; one brother, John Wiggins, who has a ranch in the Wynn river valley in Wyoming, where he resides, and one sister, Mrs. C. M. Smith, of Clevland, O.
The funeral will be held at the residence at the Leland Hotel farm. The interment will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. Though Col. Wiggins was a Mason, a Knight of Templar, an Odd Fellow of twenty-five years' standing, and a member of the Stephenson Post No. 30, G. A. R., and of the Lincoln Guard of Honor, which composed the guard over the remains of President Lincoln for several years after the attempt was made to steal the body, none of these organizations will be present as bodies at the funeral, it being the desire of the famly that the funeral be as quiet and unostentatious as was the life of Col. Wiggins. Not withstanding this, a large number of members of these organizations will attend the funeral in their capacity as individuals.
The following gentlemen have been selected as the honorary pall bearers: Floyd K. Whittemore, John W. Bunn, E. F. Leonard, Edward A. Hall, Capt. George H. Souther, Gen. Alfred Orendorff, William E. Moore, Richard N. Dodds, Charles A. Starne, Maurice Starne, William R. Beall, Dr. Walter Ryan, Clinton L. Conkling, James L. Hudson, Maj. James A. Connolly, J. B. Barnes, John A. Corwin, E. R. Thayer, former Senator David T. Littler and Charles Richardson. The active pall bearers will be Jas. W. Young, Thomas Fry, John Douglas, Charles Grant, Granville Sims and Frank Burns, all faithful colored servitors of Col. Wiggins of many years' standing at the Leland hotel. IL State Register, Springfield, IL 10-9&10-1901
Clarissa Leland Wiggins (1847 - 1905)*
Lewis Noble Wiggins (1876 - 1960)*
George Campbell Wiggins (1879 - 1879)*
Lucy Wiggins Jones (1880 - 1930)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 10, 38
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Nov 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31310593
Added: Aug. 21, 2014