GRISWOLD, HENRY F., son of Franklin and Caroline E. (Wells) Griswold, was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, July 10, 1838. Franklin Griswold was a native of Berkshire, Vermont, and Caroline E. Wells of Greenfield, Massachusetts. 

       Franklin Griswold came to St. Johnsbury Center about 1851, and engaged in the tannery business there two years, then located in East St. Johnsbury, where he continued the business until two years before his death, September 19, 1874, at the age of sixty-six. His wife died four years later. He was a good type of the Vermont mechanic, industrious, economical, benevolent, and strictly honorable in every relation of life. He was the first station agent at East St. Johnsbury. The only survivors of the five children of Franklin and Caroline E. Griswold are Henry F. and Captain Edward F. Griswold. 

       Henry Griswold received a common school training and one term at St. Johnsbury academy, under the instruction of J. K. Colby. 

       At the age of twenty, he formed a partnership with his father in the tannery business, and he continued in this line until 1893, when the scarcity of hemlock bark and competition rendered it unprofitable. He employed from two to five men, and his industry furnished a convenient market for the hemlock bark of this section. He has continued to finish leather until the fall of 1902. Henry Griswold has been station agent at East St. Johnsbury nearly thirty years, and has discharged the duties of that position with fidelity and uniform courtesy. In 1902 he fitted up the first floor of the tannery building as a warehouse, and since that time has dealt extensively in grain and feed of all kinds. 

       Mr. Griswold is one of the local landmarks of East St. Johnsbury, and no one has done more than he for the moral and material advancement of that community. He is a member and a liberal supporter of the Congregational church, and for forty-five years has been a member of the choir and much of the time chorister. He is a kindly, liberal, Christian gentleman. 

       Henry F. Griswold married, in 1870, Miss Lilla C. Johnson of Bloomfield, Vermont, who died in 1879, leaving four children: Lilla Frances, wife of Marcus J. Hovey of St. Johnsbury; Caroline M., assistant principal in Montpelier high school; Grace Anna, a stenographer in the Central Vermont railroad office at St. Albans, and Franklin Merrill, deceased. 

       Mr. Griswold married, in January, 1884, Flora D., daughter of Palmer and Laura J. Russell of Kirby. They have one son, Palmer Russell Griswold, a student of St. Johnsbury academy. 
 
 

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page110-111.

Prepared by Tom Dunn, September 2005