Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company;
In the lumbering days in
this section W. B. Griffin played no small part and he is remembered as one of
Saugatuck's successful. citizens.
His parents were Edward
and Hannah Wallace
At Buchanan Wallace was
apprenticed to learn the machinist's trade and in 1861 he was married to Miss
Mary A. Post of Buchanan and to this union came three children, Anna, (now Mrs.
Clarence Wade), William, a bright and promising boy who died at the age of
twelve years and the third child Virginia, died in infancy.
In 1866 Mr. Griffin came
to Saugatuck and for ten years was in the employ of Stockbridge and Johnson, he
was admitted as a partner and later the firm was known as
Mr. Griffin was a man
who believed in industry and perseverance and his was a successful life. He not
only had his milling and lumber interests but supervised his large 420 acre
fruit farm just north of town, in which Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wade lived and
looked after his interests for twenty years. He was also manager of the Fruit
Shipper's Packet Line between Saugatuck and Chicago in the peach area, and was
part owner of the steamers
He was Past Master of
Saugatuck Lodge F.&A.M. He died in 1903.