Charles Eldridge Griffin

Charles Eldridge Griffin

Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Death 4 Jan 1914 (aged 54)
Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
Burial Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 99212392 · View Source
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Below is an obituary for Charles Griffin (1859 - 1914).

January 8, 1914


Charles Eldridge Griffin was born at St. Joseph, Missouri June 16, 1859, and died at Albia, Iowa, at 10:00 a.m., Sunday January 4, 1914, aged 54 years, 6 months and 18 days. He was the oldest of ten children born to John W. H. Griffin and Fannie H. Griffin, one of whom, Nellie Elizabeth, died October 25, 1867, aged nine months. On the 18th day of April, 1865, with his parents, he came to Albia, where he received a common school education, and where he resided, until he reached young manhood, when the activities of life called him to fields removed from here. At an early age he evinced a decided liking for the amusement profession, which became his vocation, and in which he was eminently successful, not only artistically, but financially, as well. He had traveled much, both in this country and in Europe, his early migrations, in his profession commencing in 1875, and ending in the spring of 1909, only when he sustained his first stroke of paralysis, which compelled him to forsake his travels. He then came to Albia, and remained at the home of his parents, an invalid, until death claimed him. His second stroke of paralysis followed soon after the first one, and he suffered the third only a few days before Christmas, 1912. He bore his afflictions and sufferings, covering a period of nearly five years, with cheerfulness and patience; never complaining at his sad physical condition. He was a man of literary and scholarly attainments; was a fluent and forceful talker and writer, and was the author of several books and publications, touching on many subjects. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances, both in his chosen profession and out of it. He was a man of strictest integrity and justice. In boyhood he united with the Christian church of Albia and remained a devotee of that faith and a member of that congregation until the time of his death. His mother, to whom he was faithfully devoted, preceded him in death on the 2nd day of July, 1913. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Maizie Finch, of Sloatsburg, New York and Miss Albia Morse Griffin, of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren; his father, John W. H. Griffin, of Albia, Iowa; five brothers, W. B. Griffin, of Albia, Frank S. Griffin, of Kansas City, Mo., Harry A. Griffin, of Denver, Colo., Fred I. Griffin, of Albia, Iowa, and Doctor John M. Griffin, of Des Moines, Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. Lina M. Low, of Bells, Texas, Miss Lucia B. Griffin, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs. Anna L. Jones, of Albia, Iowa.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, January 6, 1914 at 2:30 o'clock, at the Christian church under the auspices of Astor Lodge No. 505, A. F. & A. M., of which deceased was a member, with Rev. James A. Burns, pastor of the church, officiating, and were largely attended. There were many beautiful floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Wilkinson sang appropriate selections, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Elizabeth Savage Peterson. The near relatives from out of town in attendance at the funeral were Mrs. Lina M. Low, a sister, and daughter, Helen, of Bells, Texas, and two brothers, Frank S. Griffin of Kansas City, Mo., and Dr. John Griffin, of Des Moines, Iowa.

The pallbearers were O. U. Conwell, Cal Guthrie, N. E. Kendall, Tom D. Lockman, George D. Miller, and Oscar Palmer, brother Masons of the deceased. Interment was in Oak View cemetery.

Funeral Director Ed S. Downs had charge of the funeral.

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