BioA: Griffith, Mr. / Mrs. E. J. (Golden - 1941)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Griffith, Watters, Roberts, Williams, Paderewski, Richarson, Brown, Geeslin, Borgstrom, Simonds

----Sources: The Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 8 Jan. 1942

Griffith, Mr. / Mrs. E. J. (Golden - 1941)

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Griffith, 229 West New York Avenue, Oshkosh, former residents of Neillsville, celebrated their golden wedding last week.

A family dinner was held at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Watters, Menasha, and open house was held at their home in Oshkosh from 2 to 5 and from 7 to 9 on the 27th.

Mr. and Mrs. Griffith were married Dec. 24, 1891, at the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Roberts at Eldorado. Mrs. Griffith’s maiden name was Harriet Williams. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Williams, natives of Freedom, N. Y., who later settled at Phophetstown, Ill. She came to Wisconsin as a young woman. Mr. Griffith was born at Eldorado, the son of John B. and Mrs. Griffith.

The couple spent their honeymoon at Racine, Wis., where they heard and met Ignaatz Paderewski, who was presenting a concert there. They are lovers of good music, having taken part in the choir work of the Welsh Church for many years. They now are members of the First Fundamental Church, Oshkosh.

Mr. Griffith has retired from a painting and decorating business, in which he is being succeeded by his son, Kendrick. Both Mr. and Mrs. Griffith are in good health.

They are the parents of nine children, namely: Mrs. Lloyd Watters, Menasha; Alice, Mrs. J. L. Richardson, Eau Claire; Mrs. Laura Brown, Neillsville; Lois, Mrs. S. T. Geeslin, Portage; John Griffith, Hollingswood, N. J.; Sylvia, Mrs. A. C. Borgstrom, Sioux City, Ia. All of the children except John, Frederick and Mrs. Borgstorm were present for the celebration. There are fifteen grandchildren.

William Griffith of Melville, N. D., a brother of E. J. Griffith, who was present at the original wedding, was a guest at the anniversary celebration; also a niece of Mrs. Griffith, Miss Nellie E. Williams of Franklin, N. Y., came west for the occasion.



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