Dr. Sidney Noyes Riggs, educator, writer and artist, died at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Sunday after a long period of failing health. He was 83 years old. His place in Island life for many years had been one of manifold useful activity and wide friendships.


Generations have taken pride in the reputation of the Edgartown shipbuilder, master constructor of barns, barges and binnacle boxes, Manuel Swartz. Known in every civilized country of the globe for the skill with which he constructs caskets, catboats and checkerboards, he might easily have won a place for himself in world history but for the deteriorating effects of modern milk-and-water mildness inspired by unhampered pacifism.