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Norman Alpheus Riggins
1885 - 1941
  A pioneer resident to Lakeland, was born Sept. 25, 1858, in New Providence,Montgomery County Tenn.
  He was the son of Mann Patterson Riggins and Frances Jane Riggins.
  Norman lived in Montgomery Co. until his early youth, when he moved to Paducah, Kentucky with his parents.  The family later moved to Dexter, Mo., where Nathan was associated with his father n the mercantile business.
  In 1882, while on vacation, Nathan journeyed through this section of Florida, traveling by train, boat and stagecoach to Bartow.
  In January of 1883, Norman A. Riggins married Miss Sallie M. Richardson in Dexter, Mo. and in 1884 as the result of his visit in 1882 to Bartow, the couple came to Lakeland accompined by his parents and an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Waggoner.
  At this time in 1884, there were no hotels in Lakeland, so the women stayed in Orland while the men built a cabin at the corner of Main Street and Florida Ave., where the Peoples Bank now stands, The women accompined by their faithful negro mammy, Mary Whitfield, came to Lakeland to grow up with the town.
( note: Peoples Bank closed years ago and the building is now used for other offices as of 2010 )
  The business of Riggins and Waggoner, was soon erected on the corner of Main Street and Tennessee Ave. for their merchandise firm. The second floor was equiped with a stage and was Lakeland,s first Opera House.
  Mr. Nathan Riggins has long been identified with the progress of the community and served as a city commissioner, a member of the local board of school trustees, a member of the county school board and trustee of numerous public building projects.
  With J. F. Council and the late Dr. L. F. Henley, Mr. Nathan Riggins served as a trustee for the construction of the then present light and water plant.
  Mr. Riggins was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and has served as a ruling elder for 45 years.
Obit for Mr. Norman Alpheus Riggins
Mr. Nathan Alpheus Riggins, 82, died at 1a.m. today, Thursday, June 26, 1941 at his home on 169 Lake Mortan Drive. He had been in failing health for some time.
 He is survived by:
His wife, Mrs. Sallie Riggins One son; L.Wallace Riggins; 2 daughters, Mrs. Mary Pattie Darracott and Miss Frances Riggins, all of Lakeland.  8 grandchildren ( listed in obit) 2 great grandchildren
( listed in obit) .
 Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 4:00 at the Cumberlin Presbyterian Church with the pastor, Rev. David C.Kinnard, officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Smith and Dukes, morticians, are in charge of arrangements.
( Note: I took photo's of this cemetery plot and it was located across the street from Roselawn Cemetery, so I am not sure if this cemetery was divided after the death of Mr. Riggins or if it is seperate from Roselawn,the sign stated it was Lakeview Cemetery)
Lakeland Ledger June 26, 1941, front page

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