Arthur Jacob Griffith


Arthur Jacob Griffith

Osgood, Ripley County, Indiana, USA
Death 22 Jun 1961 (aged 77)
Dawson County, Montana, USA
Burial Glendive, Dawson County, Montana, USA
Plot CH - 284 - C3
Memorial ID 38512672 View Source

Arthur grew up in rural Benton County, Indiana. His mother died when he was 11; his father died when he was 17. He had four older sisters, an older brother, and a younger sister. He left Indiana when he was about 20 years old, and he never looked back. By February 1905 (and possibly before), he was in the U.S. Army. He was five feet, ten-and-a-half inches tall, had blue eyes, brown hair, and a fair complexion. He was stationed for several years at the Presido in San Francisco, California. He was stationed there at the time of the 1910 census.

On September 10, 1918, in Wibaux County, Montana, Arthur married Elizabeth "Lizzie" MOREL, a Catholic woman whose family was from Hungary. Arthur was 34; Lizzie was 40.

By 1920, Arthur was a foreman on a stock farm in Dawson County; by 1930, he was farming for himself. In about 1938, Arthur and Lizzie moved to Glendive. In 1940, Arthur was working in road construction. He reported that he had two years of college.

Arthur and Lizzie had no no children.

Arthur saw two of his sisters once many years after leaving Indiana. He had been out of touch with his sisters. His older brother had died many years earlier. His sisters did not know where he was. In a pub in Chicago, one of his sisters spoke of her long lost brother, and a man unknown to her said, "I know him! I know where he lives." With that, Arthur's sisters Alice and Bernice traveled by train to Dawson County, Montana, and spent a few days with Arthur. That was Arthur's only contact with his family after leaving Indiana as a young man.

Dawson Memorial Park previously was known as Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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