Daniel F. Griggs. - One of the most prominent citizens of Jefferson County is Daniel F. Griggs, who is president
of the Farmers National Bank of Adams, and a member of one of the old established families of this section. He
was born at Henderson, Jefferson County, Aug. 11, 1879, the son of Newell N. and Ella May (Fuller) Griggs.
Newell N. Griggs was born at Henderson, July 19, 1848. He was interested in general farming throughout his life
which was spent on the Griggs homestead. His father, Samuel Griggs, was also a native of Jefferson County and a
prosperous farmer. Newell N. Griggs died Oct. 31, 1909, and his wife died Aug. 3, 1894. Both are buried at Smithville,
N. Y. Their children were : 1. Willis N., deceased. 2. Daniel F., the subject of this sketch. 3. Seward A., lives
at San Francisco. 4. Mila, married Glen York, lives at Adams. Mr. and Mrs. Griggs held membership in the Baptist
Church, of Smithville.
Daniel F. Griggs obtained his education in the district schools of Jefferson County and attended Union Academy.
He began his business career as a clerk with W. S. Rice, Inc., of Adams, and for five years was secretary and treasurer
of the Syracuse Heater Company. Upon his return to Adams in 1907 he established a grocery business, which he successfully
managed for two years, and from 1909 until 1921 he was the proprietor of a variety store at Adams. He was appointed
postmaster in the latter year by President Warren G. Harding, being reappointed in 1925. He retired from office
in February, 1929. Mr. Griggs has been president of the Farmers National Bank since Sept. 1, 1927.
In 1905 Mr. Griggs married Miss Mabel Hammond, the daughter of Fred Hammond, who lives retired at Adams. Mr. and
Mrs. Griggs have two children: 1. Helen K., a graduate of Adams High School and Syracuse University, class of 1931.
2. Daniel F., Jr., who attends Adams High School.
Mr. Griggs is a Republican and has served in the New York Assembly as clerk of the Agricultural Committee, Conservation
Ways and Means, and as Speaker's clerk. During 1919-20 he held the office of supervisor of Adams, and he has also
served as a member of the Board of Education. In 1915 he was supervisor of census. He holds membership in the Rotary
Club, Citizens Club, and belongs to Rising Sun Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 234; Adams Chapter, R. A. M. No. 205, Past
High Priest ; Watertown Commandery, K. T. No. 11; and Media Temple.
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
Jefferson County, NY
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