Fannie Hall <I>Morse</I> Griffin

Fannie Hall Morse Griffin

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 2 Jul 1913 (aged 77)
Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
Burial Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 97988201 · View Source
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Thursday, June 18, 1908

Fifty Years Ago

It was more than fifty years ago that a pretty little Connecticut maiden of twenty one summers, who lived with her parents at Cherry Grove farm, near Wallingford, read the following advertisement in a New York Journal:

WANTED at once a teacher in our young ladies seminary. Must be well recommended as an instructor in piano and voice. Salary $10 a month and expenses. Address the Principal at Richmond, Mo.

As a mere joke she answered the "ad" as we call it in these busy times, and was somewhat startled to receive a prompt - that is for those days - answer offering her the position. The more she thought of it the better she liked the idea. Why shouldn't she find out for herself what the great west was like? Overcoming parental opposition, she made hasty preparations for the journey, and many relatives and friends could not see "why in the world she wanted to go out to 'Mizzoori' among the 'border ruffians' ." This be it remembered, was "before the war".

There was another thing they could not see. They could not see the hand of destiny that was drawing this little Yankee girl away from her many admirers in her home town to the honest young editor whom she brought home with her six months later on the wedding tour. They joked with her good naturedly, but immediately, about her "border ruffian" husband, were soon obliged to admit that "those two were surely made for each other, " and this has been the testimony of all who have known them both as the years went by, who have seen them smooth rough roads by loving assistance and companionship, and voice the music in their souls by their words and smiles of perfect happiness.

It is this interesting couple, who will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on Wednesday next, June 24, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. H. Griffin.
Thursday, July 10, 1913


Mrs. J. W. H. Griffin died at the family home in this city after an illness that had covered several weeks. It would have been the pleasure of Mr. and Mrs. Griffin to have celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary next November. The life of Mrs. Griffin in this county has been such that the grief stricken husband and children can point to as that of one of the best and noblest of all God's people. She had shared with her husband the high esteem in which they were held. She had her part in the pioneer days of the county toward her husband in the political way. Her home life was ideal, and in rearing her family they were taught the better way of life. She was a lady of highest character, one in whom any person could place their trust and one who loved and cherished the friends she had made. A long and peaceful life had been hers, and sadness which now comes to the home is felt by all the people who knew and loved her for real worth. The funeral services were held Saturday. The following obituary was read at the time:

Fannie Hall Morse was born at Detroit, Mich., on the 25th day of May, 1836, where she resided with her parents, Eldredge and Angeline A. Morse, during her early childhood. When about six years of age she removed with them to the former family home, on a farm, about two miles from Wallingford, Connecticut, where her girlhood and young womanhood were spent. She was the oldest of eight children; and, her mother being an invalid, the care of the younger ones devolved upon her.

While at the home of her parents she received her musical education and training; (in which she became highly proficient;) and, later, went to Poland, Ohio, where she taught music in a young ladies' seminary. Returning to her home at Wallingford she remained there until the fall of 1857, when she left her eastern home and went to Richmond, Missouri, then a primitive town on the western frontier, (making the journey alone by rail to St. Louis, Mo.; by steamboat up the Missouri river, to Camden, Missouri, and thence by stage to Richmond, Missouri,) where she was engaged as a musical instructor in a young ladies' seminary. It was at Richmond, soon after her arrival there, that she became acquainted with her future husband.

On the 24th of June, 1858, at Richmond, Missouri, at the home of Dr. Joseph Chew, she was married to John W. H. Griffin by Rev. George Dunlap, an Episcopal clergyman. To this union were born ten children, six sons and four daughters, one daughter, Nellie Elizabeth, having died in infancy in 1867.

Soon after their marriage they united with the Christian church of Richmond under the pastorate of Rev. T. P. Haley; she having been reared an Episcopalian and her husband a Baptist. She has ever since remained a constant and devoted and faithful member of the Christian church.

After a short residence at Richmond, she with her husband and family, lived successfully at Saint Joseph, Missouri, Bellevue and Omaha, Nebraska, and Knoxville, Iowa, removing to Albia, Iowa from Knoxville on the 18th day of April, 1865, where she has since - for almost half a century made her home.

She has been a member of the Albia congregation of the Christian church during all the years of her residence here, and for seventeen consecutive years was the church organist.

She was a loving and devoted wife; a kind, loving and indulgent mother, and a loyal and faithful friend. She had a most cheerful and optimistic disposition; always looked on the bright side, and was most thoughtful and considerate for the well-being and comfort of others.

Fannie H. Griffin died Wednesday morning, July 2, 1913, at 9:20 o'clock, at her home No. 225 North Second street, Albia, Iowa, of hardening of the arteries, after a lingering illness, aged 77 years 1 month and 7 days.

She left surviving her her husband, John W. H. Griffin, of Albia, Iowa; her sons, Charles E., of Hillburn, New York; W. B. of Albia, Iowa; Frank S. of Kansas City, Mo.; Harry A. of Denver, Colo.; Fred I. of Albia, Iowa; and Dr. J.M. of Kansas City, Mo.; and her daughters, Mrs. Lina M. Low, of Bells, Texas; Miss Lucia B., of Albia, Iowa; and Mrs. Anna L. Jones of Albia, Iowa; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two brothers, Henry, of Connecticut, and Eldredge, of Snohomish, Washington; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Lane, of Wallingford, Connecticut, and Mrs. Belle Northrop, of Stony Creek, Connecticut, and a large circle of friends.

The funeral was held at the Christian church Saturday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock, J. D. Burns, pastor officiating. A large concourse of the friends attended and followed the remains to their last resting place in Oak View Cemetery. The flowers were numerous and several beautiful pieces from relatives and friends were in evidence and placed upon the grave. The pastor spoke words of comfort to the bereaved ones and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilkinson sang appropriate selections with Mrs. Princess Nelson as accompanist on the piano. The pallbearers were George L. Robb, I. S. Jones, Thos. Hickenlooper, J. H. Tobey, J. D. Webb and W. A. Koontz.

The Albia bar attended the funeral in a body.

At the time of the funeral all of the children were present.

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