For twenty one years Griffith Griffiths, the senior partner of Griffiths & Pierce, has been identified
with the building activities of Utica. Mr. Griffiths was born in Wales, on the 23d of December, 1859, and is a
son of John and Mary Roberts Griffiths, also of Wales.
Up to the age of fourteen years Griffith Griffiths attended the common schools of his native land in pursuit of
an education. He laid aside his textbooks in 1873, however, and began his apprenticeship as a brick and stone mason
under his father, who was a contractor and builder. Three years thereafter he left the parental roof to go to other
cities to complete his apprenticeship and follow his trade. In 1883, having reached the age of twenty four years
he decided to become a citizen of the United States and so taking passage for America in due season he landed in
New York. Upon his arrival he came to Utica where he obtained employment with Jones, and Shippy, as he desired
to see more of the country, however, he traveled from city to city, continuing to follow his trade wherever he
went. Returning to Utica, in 1890 he went into partnership with Pierce Jones in contracting and building which
business has ever since been conducted under the name of Griffiths & Pierce. They have met with most gratifying
success in their venture, and have been awarded not only some of the best contracts in the city but many in outlying
towns. Among the buildings which they have constructed may be mentioned: Hotel Utica, St. Luke's Hospital, Utica
Free Academy, Wetmore Street school, Hudson River power plant, Moravian church, Reconciliation church, Utica &
Mohawk Valley car barns and Oneida County Hospital, at Rome.
Mr. Griffiths was married on the 13th of May, 1889, to Miss Mary Davis, who passed away in 1894. Mrs. Griffiths
was a daughter of John and Hannah (Roberts) Davis, the father a native of Wales and the mother of Oneida county.
One child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths, a son, Waldo, employed in business with his father. In 1902 Mr. Griffiths
was married to Miss Jennie Cromie, a daughter of Robert Cromie of Utica.
Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths attend Plymouth church of which he is one of the trustees. He is also affiliated with several
Welsh societies, while he maintains relations with his competitors through the medium of his membership in the
Master Mason Builders Association. Although his political views coincide with those of the republican party, Mr.
Griffiths never casts a straight ballot except at state and national elections, at other times he gives his support
to the men and measures he deems best adapted to meet the exigencies of the situation. Mr. Griffiths is not only
a competent workman but a thoroughly reliable and capable business man, which fortunate combination has been the
means of his acquiring the success which has rewarded his efforts, and in addition to his business he is also interested
in the cutlery works.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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