William L. Wiggins
William Louis Wiggins

Short Illness Fatal for W. L. Wiggins

W. L. Wiggins, 79, a retired contractor, who came to Ponca City in 1907, died Saturday morning at his home, 812 South Fifth street, after an illness of only two days.

Wiggins was born in Delta, Iowa, July 19, 1867. He and his widow, the former Mary Bump, lived in Delta following their marriage at Oskaloosa, Iowa, Oct. 11, 1893. In 1902 they moved to Longmont, Colo., and came to Ponca City in 1907. He retired 12 years ago.

He had been an elder of the First Christian church since 1912 and had been a teacher of boys Sunday school classes for many years.

Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Oma Moncravie and Mrs. A. A. Lane of Ponca City; a son, C. H. Wiggins, Miami, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Clara Morgan, Spokane, Wash.; five grandchildren, Warner Wiggins of San Antonio, Mrs. Walter Teas of Tulsa, Mary Kathryn Lane of Ponca City, and Bill Lane of Ponca City, and John Moncravie, who is attending school at Stillwater; and a great grandchild, Kathryn Lloyd Lane of Ponca City.

Another grandchild was Staff Sgt. Robert Ely, jr., who died in a Japanese prison camp after surviving the Bataan death march.

Funeral arrangements are to be announced later by the Miles funeral home.