Hezekiah M. Griffith, who is favorably known as a successful farmer of Louisa county and fully deserves the
high regard in which he is held, is a native of Madison county, New York, born October 8, 1873. He is a son of
Thomas H. and Esther (Jones) Griffith, both of whom were born in Wales. The father came to Iowa with his family
about thirty years ago and rented land until 1893, when he purchased two hundred and ten acres in Columbus City
township, where he and his wife are now living. Their family consisted of twelve children, namely: Mary, who is
the wife of W. B. Morse, of New York state; Jane, Elizabeth and John, all of whom are deceased; David, who makes
his home at Winfield, Iowa; Gordon and Thomas, who are also deceased; Daniel, of Ainsworth, Iowa; Maggie, who is
the wife of D. E. Owen, of Cotter; Edward, who lives in Columbus Junction; Hezckiah M., of this review; and Hettie,
who is at home.
Early in his boyhood Hezekiah M. Griffith was brought by his parents to this country. He received his education
in the public schools and after laying his books aside continued on the old homestead, of which he is now in charge.
He engages in general farming and has a fine herd of Shropshire sheep, any one of which has the appearance of a
prize winner. He also raises graded cattle and hogs and, as he takes great pride in his stock, his operations produce
very satisfactory results and he ranks as one of the progressive farmers of the township.
Politically Mr. Griffith is a stalwart republican but not through any desire to share in the emoluments of office,
as he has never sought a public position of any kind. In religious belief he adheres to the Congregational church,
to which he is a liberal contributor. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, whose principles
of kindness and fellowship he greatly admires. Through life he has been actuated by principles of helpfulness to
others and it is doubtful whether Louisa county contains a more worthy citizen than Hezekiah M. Griffith.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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