Biography of Rollin Giffin
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Rollin Glenville Giffin. - Active in business, as head of the St. Regis Falls Coal Company, Mr. Giffin is also well known as postmaster of St. Regis Falls. He is a native of New York, born at Hopkinton, Aug. 24, 1874, the son of Martin E. and Mary (Bruce) Giffin.

Martin E. Giffin was born at St. Albans, Vt., in 1833 and at the age of 17 years came to New York wth his parents and settled near Pierrepont in St. Lawrence County. For many years he was identified with the lumber business and operated numerous saw mills throughout the North Country. He died in 1898 and is buried at St. Regis Falls. His wife, the daughter of Abner Bruce, died in March, 1931. Her father was a pioneer guide on the Saranac River and lived at Bloomingdale, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. Giffin were born four children: 1. Frank M., born in 1870, is associated in business with his brother, Rollin G., at St. Regis Falls. 2. Nona, the widow of Samuel Condall. 3. Rollin G., the subject of this sketch. 4. Helen May, born in 1878, died in 1901.

Rollin G. Giffin received his education in the public schools of St. Regis Falls. He has always been a familiar figure in the lumber industry, and as a young man was employed by the State of New York as a lumber conservationist, his field of work being the Adirondack Mountains. Later he engaged in the same type of work for the U. S. Government, his territory being east of the Mississippi River. In 1908 Mr. Giffin resigned from the latter position in order to devote his entire time to the lumber business which he had established at St. Regis Falls in 1904. His plant was completely destroyed in a forest fire in 1911, but was reestablished by him two years later. Mr. Giffin has erected numerous lumber mills throughout the North Country. In 1924, in partnership with his brother, he established the St. Regis Falls Coal Company. They are extensive dealers in lumber, coal, and builders supplies.

In 1907 Mr. Giffin married Miss Mary Maher, the daughter of Martin Maher, of Moira, N. Y. To them were born three children: 1. Rollin, born Oct. 12, 1909, identified with the St. Regis Falls National Bank. 2. Twin brother of Rollin, died in infancy. 3. Helen, born Dec. 24, 1910, a graduate of St. Regis Falls High School, 1928, and Potsdam Normal College, 1931.

Mr. Giffin is a Republican and on March 1, 1931, received the appointment of postmaster.

Mr. Giffin is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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