Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A to Z April Challenge: G is for Griffith





My theme for the A to Z April Challenge is “In-Laws and Out-Laws – Friends of the Family.”  I will be researching friends, colleagues, neighbors - those people who came and went touching my family’s lives in both small and large ways. 

is for Griffith.  In particular Vernon Clyde Griffith.  I can still hear my grandparents referring to “Clyde Griffith” although I don’t remember a thing about what they said.  But Clyde was a pallbearer for my grandfather’s brother, Millard Davis in 1951, so he must have been important to my family.

The Griffith family lived in Shenandoah, Virginia in the early to mid 1900s, just like my grandparents and great-grandparents and other relatives.  Millard and Clyde were roughly the same age, so they were probably school chums as well.

Scanned from
Shenandoah: A History of Our Town
And Its People


Clyde’s father Hubert was a carpenter with an entrepreneurial spirit.  He opened a grocery store in 1911, and prior to World War I, Clyde was owner and manager for the store known as H.F. Griffith & Son. 


When Clyde joined the war effort, his brother Gilbert filled in at the store.  After the war, the brothers bought a second store and changed the name to Griffith Brothers.  Their business became known for good service, that “efficiency, courtesy, quality, and a large and well-picked stock of goods with right prices.”


Griffith Brothers General Merchandise
Scanned from
Shenandoah:  A History of Our Town
And Its People





In 1930 Clyde and his wife of 10 years, plus son and daughter, lived on Sixth Street, just a couple doors down from my mother and grandparents, and across the street from his friend Millard.

In 1940, Clyde was listed as postmaster.

Clyde (and his brother) gained the respect of the community for practicing four-square principles of business and promoting civic improvement.  He served on the school board, served on the Board of Directors of the bank, taught the Men’s Bible Class of the Lutheran Church, and even served as mayor of Shenandoah for a time.


Clyde is second from the left, back row
Scanned from Shenandoah:  A History of Our Town and Its People

Clyde is buried in a family plot in the Coverstone Cemetery in Shenandoah, Virginia, the resting place of so many of my family members.

Photo courtesy of Jan Hensley, findagrave.com

Gee, can’t get enough?  Then gallop over to A to Z April Challenge for a glimpse at more glorious grins and giggles.

10 comments:

  1. Salt of the Earth...that's what Clyde was as an upstanding citizen and friend. A nice tribute to a man and his Griffith Family....definitely an 'IN-LAW' for your AtoZ Theme. I love the way you follow them to the grave...very respectful. Unusual first name...Vernon...also Hi Honey's first name.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. That's a good way to describe him, because that's how I view him too.

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  2. We recently lost a friend with the name of Vernon. He sounds like a good man.

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    1. I agree. I never knew him, but the research certainly points in that direction.

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  3. fascinating! I love your theme and will come back for more!

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    1. Thanks. And thanks for the visit.

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  4. Wow! You're definitely a good historian. You've found an awful lot of information on a gentleman you really didn't know...I'm guessing that your family history is incredibly documented. Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie

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    1. I do have a lot of documentation on my family, but much more is needed. Thanks for the visit!

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  5. I am doing a similar type of thing for the A to Z. I am also paying tribute to family friends, mixed in with my aunts and uncles. What's really nice is those Griffith's still living will find this testimony to the person Clyde Griffith was. What a treat it will be!
    http://yeakleyjones.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Ann, thanks for the link. I'll be sure to check in.

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