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Charles E. Griswold
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1851
Long Prairie
Todd County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 1884

Charles E. Griswold

At this time The Exponent has forced upon it the mournful duty of chronicling the death of its editor, the lamented Charles E. Griswold, who was surrounded by a once happy and complete circle of family relationship, at once the husband, the father, the son, the brother of those who now deeply mourn his loss.

Mr. Griswold was born at Long Prairie, Minnesota, March 17, 1851. During the same year his parents moved to Elkader, Clayton County, Iowa where they resided till 1866, when they removed to Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa. At this later place he had the advantages of a seminary school education. At the age of 16 or 17 he commenced learning of the "Art preservative" in the Osage Press office, serving a time, then went to Texas, Chicago and Dubuque to perfect his trade. After remaining in the latter place some time he returned to Osage. His first adventure in the newspaper Field was at Durand, Illinois, in the year 1875, where he published "The Patriot", continuing four years.

December 18, 1879, he married Miss Clara S. Stover, at Forreston, Illinois. Closing out his business at Durand, he, with his bride, paid his parents a visit at Osage. In January, 1880, they came to Dell Rapids and purchased "The Exponent", which he has published up to his death.

On May second, while engaged in extinguishing a fire at his residence, the deceased was severely burned and had not been fully recovered from its effects, when on June 5 he was taken ill with inflammation of the bowels. Thinking it only a slight attack he on that day went to Sioux City and returned the sixth, took to his bed, and while everything was done of the human agencies could do for his recovery, it was all in vain and he departed this life at 9:45 AM Thursday, June 12.

It is superfluous, by way of extolment to mention the many good qualities of Charles E. Griswold. His contemporaries have weighed him in the balance of newspaper conducting ability and not found him wanting. The Order of Good Templars, to which he was for many years belonged, found in him a truly worthy friend of the cause of temperance, and able assistant in Good Templar work, having held all the offices, nearly, from Worthy Chief down, discharging the duties thereof to the satisfaction of all. January 15, 1884, he was initiated into the fraternity of Free Masons and was a faithful member and much interested in its labor, holding the office of secretary in our home Lodge. He has been connected with The Exponent since January 2, 1880, during which time he has shown such sterling local abilities as publisher and editor, and a desire to contact his business on the square, as to gain the confidence and esteem of all who dealt with him. The community, amongst which he has labored as a newspaperman, had learned to look upon him was something more than an ordinary attachment, and demonstrated their feelings by attending, in large numbers, the last sad rights.

The funeral, which was held Friday morning in the new Baptist Church, was attended by nearly 400 people. The church edifice was draped for the occasion, with crÍpe extending from side to side across the end over the pulpit and choristy. A stand on either side of the pulpit desk was draped in white and black, and a large floral cross decorated the front of the pulpit. A large quantity of white roses were wreathed into the letter G and placed upon the coffin. The funeral was conducted by Rev. S.G. Adams, pastor of the Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. T.H. Walker of the M.E. church. The Good Templars attended in full regalia. The burial was conducted by Dell Rapids Lodge No. 49, A.F & A.M. the businessman of the community showed their appreciation of the deceased by closing all stores and shops during the progress of the funeral.

Death came so suddenly and so unexpectedly, as to fall heavily on the whole community. And scarcely a dry eye could be seen among those at his funeral services, while upon the family and near relatives it fell with such a heavy crash as to render them inconsolable and apparently to crush all hope of the future into the darkest night. He had just commenced to live in the enjoyment of his surrounding, when lo, the Angel of death knocked and he was bidden to go to that bourne from whence none return. The blow falls heaviest upon the mother, father and the wife, the later of whom is a young mother as well as a widow, all of whom have the heartfelt condolences and sympathy of the entire community.

Card of thanks

The undersigned desire to return their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Chas S. Chase of Waterloo, Iowa, who was providentially present to minister the once of their beloved husband, son and brother in his late but fatal sickness. Although the doctor skillful treatment, together with that of the other physicians who were present, was without avail and preservation of life, yet his kind offices will be remembered always with the kindliest recollection.

Mrs. Clara S. Griswold
Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Griswold
Carrie E. Griswold
Edwin E. Griswold

Dell Rapids Exponent June 19, 1884
Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota 
Family links: 
  Asoph Griswold (____ - 1896)
  Sarah L. Bailey Griswold (1826 - 1900)
  Clara S Stover Griswold (1861 - 1911)
  Ethel M Griswold Deuth (1884 - 1968)*
  Charles E. Griswold (1851 - 1884)
  Caroline Elizabeth Griswold Baldwin (1866 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Dell Rapids Cemetery
Dell Rapids
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: 1-5-12
Created by: dells
Record added: Oct 24, 2008
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Charles E. Griswold
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Charles E. Griswold
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Charles E. Griswold
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