Roscoe O. Riggle
|The Poca River Postal Authority is pleased to
announce a new issue. This printing is in honor of the inventor, Mr.
Roscoe O. Riggle.
The Poca River has had more than its share of inventors, and Mr. Riggle rightfully takes his place in the Pantheon of Poca originators. Mr. Riggle was born in Buffalo-on-the-Poca in 1913, and he never strayed far from home. In fact, Roscoe never strayed far from his bathroom due to a genetic disorder. By 1952 his inventive mind began to work on a solution to the problem that had made him pretty much a homebody.
In 1953 Roscoe O. Riggle invented the first portable toilet, which he called the Portable Potty. This made it possible for Mr. Riggle to travel for the first time in his life. He enjoyed many trips up and down the Poca River until his death in 1974.
Roscoe Riggle was a brilliant man, but he was not a good business man. He failed to obtain a patent for his invention, and in the mid-sixties the idea was co-opted by a large company. They, of course, improved on the design, and their product is now in wide-spread use.
Never-the-less, the real credit for this wonderful invention goes to Mr. Roscoe O. Riggle of Buffalo-on-the-Poca.
The stamps was issued in a pane of 20 stamps in the denomination of 49 pu. The stamp depicts a picture of Mr. Riggle on one of his many walks as pictured in the July 27, 1953 issue of the Bancroft-on-the-Poca Semi-Weekly Gazette.