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John H. Griffith, 1854-1922


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/3/2009 at 12:12:47


Popular Man Laid to Rest in Oak Hill Cemetery


Masonic Lodge in Charge of the Funeral--Knight Templars Escort

Funeral services for the late John H. Griffith were held in this city last Friday afternoon at the Presbyterian church. [He died 29 Mar 1922.] A large number of old friends and neighbors gathered to pay their final tribute to the memory of this good man, who had done so much good for the upbuilding of this community. Mr. Griffith numbered his friends by his acquaintances. His honesty and strong character was such as to win the confidence of all and his death removes from Estherville one of our foremost citizens.

The services were in charge of Dr. Voorhees of the Presbyterian church and North Star lodge No. 447, A. F. and A. M., of which he was an honored member. The Knights Templar furnished an escort as the body was carried to its last resting place in beautiful Oak Hill. Here the Masonic bodies took charge of the services and the body was deposited in its final resting place. Many out of town people were in attendance at the services.

Mr. Griffith was born in Webster City, Iowa on September 19, 1854. There he grew to young manhood, attending the schools of that place. In 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Angelina Martin at Union, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, one dying in infancy and the other, Mrs. Chas. Lewis, now making Estherville her home. The first wife passed away in 1882 at that place. In 1884 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Wood of Union, Iowa, and to this union five children were born. One died in infancy and the others survive the father. He came to this county in 1897 and continued his residence here until death claimed him.

Mr. Griffith is gone, but the memory of a life spent in the service of others will continue to keep green in the hearts of his friends the name of John Griffith. His life has been an inspiration for others and he leaves this old world just a little better than he found it.

Contributed by: Ruth M. Hackett. Source: Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, April 5, 1922.


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