YUBA COUNTY  Biographies




An experienced, progressive and successful rancher, one of the most representative and influential citizens in the Linda School district, is Clarence V. Griffith, living about six miles to the northeast of Marysville.  He was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, on December 24, 1860, the son of John and Elizabeth J. (Blackburn) Griffith, natives respectively of Ohio and Kentucky.  John Griffith moved to Dubois County, Ind., and farmed there all his life.  He died on February 22, 1924, when almost ninety-one years old, and was hale and hearty to the last, enjoying the esteem of everybody.  Mrs. Griffith, in her time, was kindness itself to the many with whom the worthy couple had to do; and when she breathed her last, in Indiana in 1904, her demise was widely lamented.  They had twelve children; but our subject is the only one now in California.  A brother, A. G. Griffith, was formerly postmaster at Wheatland, but he died in the winter of 1922.

After the usual public school educational advantages, Clarence Griffith struck out for himself at the age of seventeen, and went to White County, Ill., where he worked for wages on a farm for a year.  Then he went to Kansas and spent three years at farm labor in Wyandotte County.  Crossing the line into Iowa, he clerked in the Carroll County stores, running a restaurant for a part of the three years there; and returning to Kansas, he clerked for four months in a store at Lenape.  He then went to Washington Territory, in the spring of 1884, passing through Spokane to Portland, and remained a short time, coming the same month to California.  He stopped at Newcastle, and worked for a few months; and then, on June 2, 1884, he settled at Wheatland.  Here he began an engagement of nine months for wages on J. M. C. Jasperís place, and next, for three months, he was in the employ of Dan Ostrom.  For three years and three months thereafter he was with Hollister Brothers on their extensive horse ranch.  This led him to take up horse-breaking; and he was for ten years in business for himself.  He bought a home in Wheatland, and resided there for twelve years.  Afterwards he leased the Sutliff ranch, three miles out of Marysville, and farmed it for twelve years.  About 1912 he purchased fifteen acres, and a few years later added ten more, so that now he has twenty-five acres in his present ranch, on which he has built a fine dwelling and barns.  He has a part set to vineyard, and the balance in alfalfa; and he runs a small dairy.  Mr. Griffith is a member and ex-president of the Linda Farm Center.

On October 12, 1890, Mr. Griffith was married at the Sutliff ranch to Miss Laura Bell Sutliff, a native of Ohio and the daughter of G. W. and Emma (Bruce) Sutliff, who brought her with them to California when she was only five years old, and settled in Yuba County on the ranch were she was later married.  She was one of four children, and the eldest in the group.  The others are Bruce, who lives retired at Marysville, on H Street between Fifth and Sixth; William, of Sacramento; and Ellis, of Marysville.  Mr. and Mrs. Griffith have four children: Ross S., assisting his father; Hazel B., Mrs. Jones, of Sutter County; Edna May; and Neva, Mrs. Glenn Dunning.  Mr. Griffith was clerk of the Linda school district for ten years.  A stanch Democrat, he is at present a member of the Democratic County Central Committee [Yuba County Democratic Central Committee].


History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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