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Miss Lottie E. Granger
GRANGER, Miss Lottie E., educator and school officer, born new Granville, Ohio, 28th January, 1858. Her father, Sylvester Granger, was of New England descent, and her mother, Elizabeth Walrath, of German origin. Village and country schools afforded sufficient tuition to Miss Granger to enable her to begin teaching at the age of sixteen years. For three consecutive summers she followed teaching, when her desire to add to her education had become so great that she made for herself a way to gratify this ambition. Through the cooperation of the president of Sliepardson College, then Young Ladies' Institute, she was enabled to complete a classical course of study in that excellent institution, deserving a medal tor her brave and sterling character as well as a diploma for her mental proficiency. She was graduated in 1880, and spent the following year in Kansas, and the next five years in Shenandoah, la., occupied with the duties of the school-room. In 1886, having been elected to the office of county superintendent of the public schools of Page county, she held the position for six years, and by the excellence of her work made for herself a name that is State-wide among educators. At the annual meeting of the Iowa State Teachers' Association, held in Des Moines in 1888, she was unanimously elected president, being the second woman ever chosen to fill that honorable place during the thirty-five years of the organization. She has also been a member of the Educational Council, which is the senate of the teachers' association. From its organization she has served on the board of managers of the Iowa State Teachers' Reading Circle. She is an active Sunday-school and temperance worker, is a Chautauqua graduate, a ready speaker, a forcible writer and of magnetic presence on the platform. Declining a fourth term of service as county superintendent, Miss Granger, never being satisfied with present attainments, will pursue a post-graduate course of study in the Chicago University. Since her election to office, her home has been in Clarinda, Ia., where she is a member of the household of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Henshaw. The names of Mrs. Henshaw and Miss Granger are almost synonymous in Page county as an ardent friendship has taken them together into every township where political canvass, school visitation and temperance work have made their interests common. Being of an unassuming disposition, Miss Granger seldom passes, on chance acquaintance, at her true worth. A close observer, however, will discover beneath her unpretentiousness an equipoise of character, a cool decisive judgment, a penetrating eye and an activity of thought.
[Source: American Women by Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Vol. 1, 1897. Transcribed by Marla Snow]
Major General Charles Griffin
It is with sincere sorrow that our citizens have been called upon to pay the last rites of humanity to Brevet Major General Charles Griffin, who died while commanding Military District No. 5. General Griffin was about 40 years of age, having been born in the year 1827, in the State of Georgia. He claimed Newark, Ohio, for his home. He graduated from West Point, in the class of July 1847, when he was appointed Brevet Second Lieutenant 4th Artillery. His assignment to the artillery arm of the service, indicates fair scientific attainments. He was with General Sidney Johns in the expedition to Utah. His name was among the first on the list of promotions made at the outbreak of the war. On the 25th April, 1861, he was made a Captain. From this he rose rapidly till the 13th March, 1865, when he was brevetted a Major General of the United States army, for gallantry at the various battles which preceded that date. General Griffin spent the entire prime of the war with the army of the Potomac, where subordinate Generals had not the opportunity of that personal distinction which those of the West enjoyed. They were seldom blessed with independent commands and their exploits went to make up the heroic whole and were last in the general blaze of glory. While in the West, the small expeditions constantly on foot, gave opportunity for individual distinction. He was an active fighter in more than thirty battles, and won from General Grant the praise of a gallant officer. At the battle of Five Forks General Sheridan relieved General Warren from the command of his corps and gave it to General Griffin who fought well for the balance of the day. He was selected by General Grant for the command of Texas and told that he could stay here as long as he pleased. On the relief of General Sheridan he became temporary commander of the District. General Griffin died on Sunday at a few minutes of eleven in the morning. There cannot be a doubt but that his disease was aggravated by the cares of his position and by grief for the loss of his only son. Among our citizens we have heard no expression but that of deep sorrow at the death of this brave soldier. Political differences have not been suffered to enter their minds, and his widow is the recipient of their sympathy. There is also a feeling of regret that the General did not in the early stage of his disease call to his assistance the experience of old Texas nurses and physicians; for, no matter how skillful others may be, or learned in the lore of the profession, nothing can supply that experience which alone makes a man master of the yellow fever. But it is useless to speculate upon what might have been the result, the General is dead and the armies of the United States have lost a brave soldier and a gallant officer.
[Flake's Bulletin 9/18/1867 Galveston, Texas - Transcribed by Dale Donlon]
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