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Griffin, Texas

History

Griffin History 1934. In the early '50s [1850s], on the northeast corner of the I. Kendrick league, the town of Griffin was flourishing. By 1854 it had become a voting precinct. Judging from the number of deeds executed, I. T. Kendrick must have been the town site promoter. Its chief store was operated by Comer, Fariss & Dial, as one in their chain of Cherokee County stores. Although the Griffin post office existed until the present century, official records of the late '80s refer to the "old town of Griffin." Evidently Knoxville competition had proved too strong. During the early part of the present century, however, Griffin was a flourishing community centering around its school.

Among the citizens of its heyday were the Quaides, Kendricks, O'Hairs, Flowers, Jennings, Martins, Dodsons, Greadys, Dutys, Evans, and Jones. John B. Kendrick, whose colorful career as cattle king, state senator, governor and United States senator in his adopted state of Wyoming, attracted nation-wide attention, was born near Griffin, September 6, 1857. - A History of Cherokee County, 1934 by Hattie Joplin Roach

Griffin. Founded by settlers who came from Griffin, Georgia. In the early 1850s became a flourishing town. Birthplace of John Benjamin Kendrick (1857-1933), Texas cowboy who settled in Wyoming in 1879 after going up the trail for years with herds of cattle. He served in Wyoming State Senate, 1910-1914, Governor, 1914-1916, then as U.S. Senator, 1916-1933. Town of Griffin gradually lost people and businesses to railroad towns after 1872. Last store here was closed 1930.- Historical Marker Text.  Marker erected 1965. Located at about 4 miles north of Summerfield on SH 110.

Location

32° 2' 17.592" N, 95° 4' 31.8" W