William Briggs Griffis

William Briggs Griffis
b. 21 September 1874, Carthage, Hamilton County, Ohio, to Newton Carter and Luella (Murdock) Griffis
d. 9 May 1959, Los Angeles, California
bur. Washington Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

William Briggs GRIFFIS

William Briggs GRIFFIS

m. 25 December 1896, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mary Alice Wood
b. 20 September 1878, Harrisburg, Gallia County, Ohio to William Henry & Sophronia A. (McCarley) Wood
d. 24 Dec 1941, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Children with Mary Alice Wood:

  • Vernon Albert (1898-1965), married Eloise E. Richardson
  • Gladys May (1901-1983), married Martin Andreas Norre Anderson
  • Sylvia Loretta (b. 1903), married Ernest Frakes

Although William was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, and died in Los Angeles, California, he “devoted 38 years of his life working for the city of Indiana” (according to Indianapolis Jaycees who gave him a Good Government Award in 1951). He was appointed to the Fire Department of Indianapolis in 1912 and was assigned to the Gamewell Division, which is the alarm system of the Department. Eventually he became superintendent.

After the death of his wife in 1941, he continued to live in Indianapolis before finally moving to Los Angeles to be near his daughter, Gladys Anderson.

Submitted by:
Mrs. William R. Griffis
Largo FL
E-mail: jbgriffis@aol.com

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