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Walter was a Barnardo boy and he came from England when he was a little boy of seven. Walter was born in Worcestershire England in Sept. 1879.

He married Alice Ellen Cutter Carfrae in April 1901. She was born in High Barnet, England in 1878. They settled first on a farm located past the Faraday Trout Lake turn. They moved to town in 1923 and lived in the white house on the hill across from the Best Western Motel on Hastings Street north. They had five boys and two girls. The Wiggins lived there for the rest of their lives.

Walter was active in municipal affairs. He was elected Reeve of Faraday in 1917. He was warden of Hastings County in 1926. Over the years he was inspector of colonization roads, Police Magistrate, and president of the local telephone company.

Walter started an insurance business and sold Mutual Life. He set up his sons Reginald and Cecil in the Esso gas station and Chevrolet Dealership which was located where the IDA Drug Mart is located today. His Son John was set up in a Meat Market in the building where Remax is located. Later son Frank joined John in the market.