Bear Paw Mountaineer, Big Sandy, MT, 10 Sept 1913
Death of Old Settler
John C. Griffin, one of the oldest settlers in northern Montana, died at Fort Benton this afternoon about 4 o'clock. He went to the hospital at Fort Benton a few days ago for treatment for intestinal trouble.
During the early eighties Mr. Griffin came to Fort Assinniboine and had the contract for hauling wood to the post for some time. About 1888 or 1889 he settled on a ranch in the Bear Paw mountains, about 25 miles south of Havre, where he has since resided. As the years rolled by he increased his land holdings and stock interests until at this time he has over two thousand acres of the finest land along the Clear Creek valley, besides hundreds of head of cattle and horses.
"Bear Paw Jack," as he was familiarly called, was well known over northern Montana, and his friends are a legion. He was of happy disposition and kind of heart and charitable to a large degree. Honesty and integrity was shown in his rugged countenance, and in his dealings with all with whom he came in contact.
He leaves surviving him a wife and nine children. The remains will be brought to Havre tomorrow by Undertaker Kay, and will probably be laid to rest in the little family cemetery on his ranch, surrounded by the peaks and pines of the mountains he knew so well.--The Tribune
Father: James Griffin; Mother: Elizabeth Cairns
Married Mary T. Paul, 20 March 1902, Havre, Montana
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