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Date Span 1873-1984 (bulk 1953-1970)
Extent 96 items
Biographical Sketch: Harold Wiggins, a resident of Dothan, AL, (July 13, 1922-October 3, 2009), enjoyed a long career as an international sales representative with Hedstrom Corporation, local manufacturer of wheels for tricycles, children's wagons, etc. He served in World War 2 as a pilot. He continued to fly after the war and was an accomplished photographer.
Mr. Wiggins’ father, W. C. Wiggins, served in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I as a Sergeant First Class in the 14th Co., 4th Motor Mechanics Regiment, Signal Corps stationed at the Third Aviation Instructors Center, Issoudon, France.
Scope/Content: Negative, print, and digitized photographs by Harold Wiggins (some he copied from other sources) documenting aviation in Dothan, Alabama, buildings being erected in town, and the physical geography of Dothan and its surroundings via aerial photography. Also documents the visit of Mrs. Betty Philips, the 2000th "Queen For A Day" [TV contest show] to the 1952 National Peanut Festival and a Hedstrom Company picnic. Contains one digital scan of a copied Japanese photograph showing first bombing run on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. A second series (comprising accession 019-04-0630) consists of memorabilia from William C. Wiggins documenting his service in World War 1 and his interest in history and political campaigns.
Organization: Organized into 2 series:
Series 1: Harold Wiggins Photographs, 1919 – 1970s, 76 images.
Series 2: W. C. Wiggins Papers and Artifacts, 1873 - 1984. Includes military manuals, published history of the war, uniform insignia, VA correspondence, notebook. Also includes miscellaneous items collected by Harold Wiggins, such as a reproduction set of political buttons, spelling book from 1873, etc.
Processing Notes: Received by Wiregrass Archives in six accessions: 019-03-003; 019-03-0714; 019-03-1125; 019-04-0630; 019-05-0725; and 019-15-0508
Photographic prints and negatives scanned by AWHC staff at 300 dpi, TIF, 8x10” output, grayscale or full color.
Preferred Citation: Harold Wiggins Papers, RG019. Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.
Acq Method: Gift
Donor Name: Harold Wiggins and Houston Love Memorial Library (Accession 019-15-0508)
Restrictions: Open for research per donor agreement. Low-resolution scans are free to download and use for non-profit and educational purposes with proper credit (see Preferred Citation). For reprints, high-resolution scans and reprints, contact the Wiregrass Archives.
Series 1: Harold Wiggins Photographs, 1919 – 1970s, 76 items.
view of Dothan Airport, ca. late 1930s. Photo by Kargl Aerial
view of Dothan Airport, circa Late 1930's. Photo by Kargl Aerial
P-80 Jet Fighter, circa 1945-1946. [Cut Line on Reverse of Print
Reads:] "#29823 A.C. - Jet Fighter. Seen on the
Ground is the U.S. Army Air Forces' new P-80 Shooting Star. The Plane
is powered by a new jet propulsion gas turbine engine and is capable of
speeds in excess of 550 miles per hour. The Service Ceiling is
above 40,000 Feet. Credit U.S. Army Air Forces Photo
P-160 "Black Widow" Night Fighter. [4 Dec
1944] [Classification of Photo cancelled 20 Dec 1944] [Cut Line
Attached to Bottom Reads:] "Army Air Base, Great Falls, Mont. - a
P-61 [160?], the Famed Black Widow, is shown [on a] recent visit to the
Alaskan Division's Great Falls Air Base, Described as a [illegible]t fighter
plane: [struck through with pencil, replaced with [illegible]t
"Functional Night Fighter"]. The raft landed at the Air
Base in connection with cold [illegible]ing operations. (Official U.S.A.A.F.
Experimental Air Plane, Pusher Type with 2 women aboard, ca. 1945-1960.
Country Club, Aerial Photograph, ca. Late 1940's
Country Club, Aerial Photograph, circa Late 1940's
Air Lines DC-4, having de-icer installed in wing, possible at EAL Miami
Depot. [Cut Line on Reverse of print reads: ["2605 A
Crew of mechanics install a de-icer boot on the leading edge of a DC-4 wing
[inserted in pencil] in preparation for the coming winter season."
Air Lines DC-4, refueling, possibly at Miami, EAL Depot. Photo
Stamped "Apr 11, 1946" on reverse, hand written "E.A.L. photo
Air Lines Constellation, np., nd.
Air Lines Technician servicing engine on Constellation, np., nd.
1919. Airplane is a "Standard" w/ added OX5 engine. Max
Fortner, at right, built this plane from a kit before he knew how to
fly. Probably first plane in Houston County. Learned to fly from
E.P. Lott, traveling barnstormer who later became Chicago station manager for
Eastern Air Lines (first commercial carrier in Dothan, August 1940).
L-to-R: Etta Ennis, woman thought to be Mrs. Lott, Clara Moore Fortner,
1919. Left: E.P. Lott, barnstormer who taught Max Fortner to
fly. Lott became Eastern Air Lines station manager in Chicago.
Right: Max Fortner. Built this "Standard" airplane from
kit, added OX5 engine, THEN contacted Lott for flying lessons.
two unknown men standing beside Max Fortner's airplane. Fortner built
this plane from a kit, then added an OX5 engine. Plane brand is
1941. William Frasier Fortner, age 19 or 20, flight instructor at
Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). Aircraft is a
ca. 1941. William Frasier Fortner was the son of Dothan, AL, aviation
pioneer Max Fortner and his wife, Clara Moore Fortner. W. F. Fortner
became Eastern Airlines' youngest pilot in 1941 at age 19 or 20. Legend
has it that Ralph Dowling (later a captain with Eastern Air Lines) gave
Fortner 15 minutes of flight instruction at the Dothan, AL, airport, then
told him to solo.
Wheeless, Sr. ca. 1944
Fenn (ÒSquirtÓ) on bicycle, ca. 1944, at Municipal Airport at Westgate.
prop: Possibly Hugh Wheeless, ca. 1944
Aviation Mechanic: putting a patch on Piper Cub. Painting dope on
leaning on prop: Sonny Gellerstadt ca 1944.
Aviation Hanger: Harold Wiggins getting into a Fairchild 24 (instead of
steering wheel, Fairchild 24 used two sticks). Plane bought by Hugh
Wheeless Sr., later sold to Clyde Segrest of Slocomb, in Feed and Seed
Business. ca 1944.
to mid-1950s. Federal Court Building, Dothan, AL, corner of North
Foster Street and West Troy Avenue. Federal Building erected in 1911.
and Jewelry store, downtown Dothan AL. n.d.
of 2000th Queen for a Day, Mrs. Betty Phillips, to Dothan for 1952 National
Mr. William K. Jolt, mngr. Of Burlington Mills of Dothan; Mrs. Sarah Wiggins;
Unidentified man; Mr. Phillips, Husband of Queen for a Day; Queen for a Day
Mrs. Betty Phillips; Unidentified Man in Top Hat; Mr. Harold Wiggins;
Union, Inc., sponsored visit by Queen For A Day. Wiggins, a buyer for
Hedstrom in Asia, was the escort-designee for Mrs. Phillips for her stay in
Dothan. Hedstrom manufactured children's toys such as tricycles,
bicycles, tables, chairs, etc.
Party for Queen For A Day at home of Max Weldon, Dentist in Dothan
Sarah Wiggins; Harold Wiggins; Mr. Phillips; Queen For A Day Betty Phillips;
for Peanut Queens at home of Max Weldon, Dentist in Dothan.
For A Day" winner Betty Phillips preparing to ride in the National
Peanut Festival Parade, Dothan, AL, 1952. Driver is Harold Wiggins.
For A Day, 2000th Winner, visited Dothan for National Peanut Festival in
Sarah Wiggins; Queen Betty Phillips; Mr. Phillips; Harold Wiggins.
Phillips's "desire" (part of the Queen For A Day competition) was
for her husband to have a new welding helmet. They were from Oklahoma,
moved to California.
family group of three women and one man. Possibly extended family of
Harold Wiggins. n.d.
deteriorating building. n.p. n.d.
woman posing against small Dogwood tree. Possibly Sarah Wiggins.
Falls near Gadsden, AL. n.d. [1950s]
women canning. Possibly a home economics class, canning club display,
or 4-H-type youth organization. Display appears to be in a
classroom. n.p. n.d. [1920s or 1930s]
Sigma Fraternity, University of Alabama, 1942.
Corporation Dothan Plant, 1960.
Corporation Dothan Plant Water Tower, 1960.
Corporation Picnic, n.d.
Hedstrom Corporation, costumed "hobo." n.d.
Identified as Robert "Bob" Hedstrom by Tom Hedstrom (son) and Brian Stewart (granddaughter's husband). Dothan Eagle obituary here for June 10, 2015 (accessed February 4, 2016).
Hedstrom Corporation, costumed "French artist." n.d.
Identified as John A. Conti by Tom Hedstrom. See a short biography of Conti on Page 8 of Dothan Business Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Program. (Accessed February 4, 2016).
boy, singing for pennies in Havana, Cuba. n.d.
photo of first bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor. Photo taken by Lt.
Commander Fuchida who led first wave. Photo captured by US from
Yokosuka Naval Base, November 8, 1945
x 5" negative / aerial view of Dothan / n.d. [Negative of print 019-15-0508-001-009-026]
x 5" negative + 4" x 5" B/W print / Dr. Moody's home, N.
Oates, Dothan / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Dothan High School / ca 1945
x 5" negative / Girard Ele[mentary] / n.d.
x 5" negative / Montana Street School / n.d.
x 5" negative + 4" x 5" B/W print / aerial view /Rec Center,
NW corner of Dothan High School / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Dothan looking WNW / 1954
x 5" negative + 4" x 5" B/W print / aerial view / [Collins]
Baking Co / July 1954
x 5" negative + 4" x 5" B/W print / aerial view / Section 5 /
Tract of land owned by Central of GA R.R. for Ind[ustrial] Dev / 1 June 1954
x 5" negative + 4" x 5" B/W print / aerial view / Tract of land
owned by Central of GA R. R. for Ind[ustrial] Dev[evlopment] / 1 June 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Covington Planter Co (old German prisoner
of war buildings put together / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Supreme Ice Cream / tow banner / Dothan,
AL / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Speigner Concrete w[ith] Home Guano above
x 5" negative / aerial view / Home Guano Co (Red Fox) & Speigner
Concrete Block / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Home Guano & Speigner Concrete Block
Co / looking west / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Home Guano / Agricultural Sulphur &
Chemical / Speigner Concrete Block / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / First structure of Hedstrom / looking NE /
x 5" negatives / aerial view / Central of GA property / [possibly]
Columbia Hwy past WOOF? / n.d.
x 5" negative / Men working saw mill / Williams-Voris Lbr [Lumber] Mill
? / n.d.
x 5" negative / Man working planning mill / Williams-Voris Lbr [Lumber]
Mill ? / n.d.
x 5" negative / aerial view / Hedstrom Plant / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Sanitary Dairy ? / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Sanitary Dairy / 1954
x 5" negative / aerial view / Universal Concrete Pipe Co / north of
Couch Constr. Co. / 1954
x 10" print / Aerial view of Dothan looking northeast / Main Street /
Oates St. - Foster St. - St. Andrews
x 10" print / Aerial view of Dothan looking east / Oates Street, left to
right foreground / Main St. on right side
x 10" print / Aerial view of Dothan, south of Main St., looking
north-northeast / Left to Right, Oates St. - Foster St. - St. Andrews,
ca. 1950s [Print from negative 019-05-0508-001-009-001]
Series 2: W. C. Wiggins's Papers and Artifacts 1873-1984
Wiggins, W.C. -- Military Promotion Certificates, 1918-1919
Third Aviation Instruction Center, Issoudun, France, 1918
Letter to Veterans Administration, 1933
Memorial Certificate signed by Pres. L.B. Johnson, n.d.
Books and notebooks
Picture Frame - Wooden, eyebrow shape with star carving
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