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Delaware County, Iowa


 Biography Directory


George W. Griffith


Greeley, Elk Twp.



    George W. Griffith is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and ninety acres in Elk township, a part of which is within the city limits of Greeley. He carries on general farming and is meeting with well deserved success. He was born upon the land which he now owns on the 7th of November, 1874, a son of Nathan and Nancy (Landis) Griffith, who came of Pennsylvania Dutch stock. His paternal grandparents came to Delaware county at an early date in the history of this section and the father of our subject was a well known farmer of this county, where he died November 17, 1906. The mother survives and makes her home in Hopkinton. To their union were born two sons and three daughters, namely: Ida, the wife of P. A. Irish, of Hopkinton; George W., of this review; Elsie, the wife of C. C. Hoag; Alice, who married C. R. Nelson; and John, who conducts a garage in Greeley.

     George W. Griffith received his education in the public schools and assisted his father in the work of the homestead, thus acquiring a detailed knowledge as to the best methods of agriculture. After his father's death he engaged in farming on his own account and in 1907 bought the homestead, since which time he has made a number of improve ments, building a silo and needed outbuildings. The land is in a high state of cultivation and as he is practical in his methods he harvests annually abundant crops which bring a good price upon the market.

    On the 14th of September, 1904, Mr. Griffith was united in marriage with Miss Laura Whipple, a daughter of J. D. and Sadie (Smith) Whipple, who are now conducting a hotel at Edgewood. They were among the early settlers of this part of the state and are widely known and highly respected in their locality. To Mr. and Mrs. Griffith has been born a daughter, VaNita Maud, whose birth occurred June 13, 1905. Mr. Griffith is a republican and has served as a member of the school board and as a member of the city council. He is a man of marked civic spirit and is always glad to aid in any way within his power the forces that make for the betterment of his community.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 327-328.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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