DR. C[lark]. C. GRIFFIN, a prominent physician and surgeon, has been identified with Vinton since 1868, and is one of the best known and most influential men in Benton county. He was born in Potter county, Pennsylvania, February 21, 1846. and is a son of Josiah and Catherine (Thomas) Griffin, natives of Otsego, county, New York. In youth the parents moved to Potter county, Pennsylvania, and in 1851 to Lake county, Ohio. Dr. Griffin attended the common schools of Lake county, Ohio, and when sixteen years of age began reading medicine at Madison. In 1864 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventy-first Ohio Infantry, and was on detail service in the commissary department. At the close of the war he studied medicine at Michigan University, at Ann Arbor, from which he graduated in the Class of 1868, when he located in Vinton. Iowa, which has since been his home. At the beginning of his practice he was in limited circumstances, but by his untiring efforts and devotion to his profession and a natural aptitude in business matters, he has won himself a competence, a large and lucrative practice, and a splendid reputation as a professional and business man.
Dr. Griffin was one of the earliest physicians in Benton county, and is one of the best known men in the community, in the line of his profession. Dr. Griffin is an able physician and a skillful surgeon, and his services are much sought. He is a member of the County, State and National Medical Societies, and is affiliated with the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has received thirty-three degrees.
In 1879, Dr. Griffin married Emma Wheelock, a native of Vermont.