Aurelia <I>Conant</I> Griffith

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Aurelia Conant Griffith

  • Birth 1832 Ohio, USA
  • Death 1919 California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 65910261

The Bay of San Francisco: The Metropolis of the Pacific Coast and Its ...
By Lewis Publishing Company, 1892

AURELIA GRIFFITH, one of the most competent and experienced educators in the public schools of San Francisco, is a native of the State of Ohio. Her parents came from New York, and were early settlers of the Ohio Western Reserve, and her father, Rev. D. M. Conant, was a well-known minister in the M. E. Church. He was the oldest itinerant after Peter Cartwright, and his death occurred in December, 1873. Our subject's mother's
family name was Wardwell, and her mother a Chase, of the old Chase family. Mrs. Griffith's mother was born in 1800, and is now living in this city with her daughter at the
age of ninety-one years. Mrs. Griffith received her education in her native State, and was very fond of her studies; but ill health would not permit of close application. She engaged in teaching in Ohio, commencing when but fourteen to teach a district school. She was married in that State to Milton Griffith, a merchant. They came to the Pacific coast in 1853, where he engaged in the mines on the Klamath river. They came to San Francisco in the summer of 1863, and in May of the following year Mrs. Griffith was elected a teacher in the Union street school, but her first work was to organize a school on third Street, for an absent principal. After a few months' service as assistant, without soliciting the honor, she was elected principal of a new primary school which she named Union Primary. Her
duties were arduous, having to teach a class of seventy pupils, and overseeing classes in
four buildings, without the assistance of a vice-principal. She held that position with
conspicuous ability for over twenty-one years, and was then, in January, 1885, transferred
to her present position, making twenty-eight years of continuous service in the public schools of San Francisco. In the Union Primary and also in the Golden Gate school, she has children whose parents, when boys and girls, were also her pupils. Thus Mrs.
Griffith has been identified with educational interests for more than forty years. When
she came to this coast she not only attended to her children and household duties, but taught classes and wrote for the papers and magazines under several noms de plume as well as under her own name. During her earlier service in San Francisco, she prepared essays and lectures on educational methods, and in any meeting in relation to school affairs her wisdom and experience was called out. For many years she has been a contributor to papers and magazines. The San Francisco Sunday Mercury of 1864, in sketches of Old Bohemians, speaking of Mrs. Griffith and her well-rounded ability, said that she was equal to any position, and that if she were traveling by stage and the driver should fall off, she would take his place and not upset anything hut a demijohn or an imposition. Mrs. Griffith has two children, — Mrs. H. Jay Hanchette, of Los Angeles, who is a very successful principal of a large grammar school; and Edgar Milton, who was surgeon in the United States army, then for three years surgeon in charge of St. John's Hospital at Shanghai, China, but is now a practicing physician and surgeon in San Francisco.



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  • Created by: Don Lynch
  • Added: 20 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65910261
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Aurelia Conant Griffith (1832–1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65910261, citing Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Don Lynch (contributor 47271760) .