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Main : History : Historical Plaque Project The Riddle Building

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The Riddle Building
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Posted by: LindaCottrellLiss   (See more photos from LindaCottrellLiss)   2011/2/9 16:44
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The Riddle building, spelled Riddel in brickwork on the building's front, is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets and was built in about 1902.  The 3-story brindle brick structure, built by Charles C. Riddle, a Texan by birth & merchant by trade, has served Spencer as a bank, a doctor's office and currently the home of a floral & gifts business.
It is noted in Roane County history that "C. C. Riddle was the largest buyer of turkeys in the county around 1900, out-buying all the other dealers combined.  During the week preceding Thanksgiving in 1902, Riddle purchased and shipped 1400 turkeys out of the county on the R S & G (railroad) at an average purchase cost of seventy-five cents apiece."
Chat C. Riddle and Prudia Tyson were married in Roane County on 26 May 1888, and had at least two children, Velva & Charles T.  He later married a Miss Mollie Kirk and had another daughter named Virginia.  He & his wives are buried at the Spencer Memorial Cemetery.
It is #17 on the downtown walking tour.

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