Leslie Aldin Griffin and Shirley Russell Griffin recently donated a number of items to museum for display on a permanent loan basis.
The donation was made to honor the memory and work of their Father Leslie Ard Griffin (10/1/1902 to 9/3/1981). He was a Chipley native and lived in Chipley his entire life.
Included in the list of items are the following … large cedar chest, Westinghouse Radio/Phonograph, chest of drawers, wood bookcase, small wood double yoke, small wood wells, miniature wood chests, wood clock enclosure, wood flower-pot base, a framed collection of family photos.
Also displayed are three quilts hand crafted by his second wife Lucy Montgomery Eitson Griffin.
Mr. Griffin was born in Chipley on October 1, 1902 and passed away Sept. 3, 1981, living his entire life in Washington County. He was a small acreage farmer and also learned the trades of carpentry and masonry. His last residence was in the house he built on U.S. 90 located just west of the Chipley Library.
A serious vehicle crash in 1961 left him unable to work full-time. He then concentrated on his interest in woodworking. The pieces on display (except the radio) were made mostly by using hand tools. He had no power tools. Usually he signed and dated each piece. He also made about 175 small-scale wagons of the horse-drawn type, sold in the Northwest Florida area. Each wagon was serial numbered, signed and dated. His children said they were sorry they didn’t have one of the wagons to display, but they did put a photo nearby.
The Pensacola News Journal produced a full-page story about Mr. Griffin and the wagon story in the 1960’s. Each wagon had about 160 parts.
Mr. Griffin was married to Clyde Ophelia Sharron Griffin until her death at age 46 in 1955. Subsequently he married Lucy Montgomery Eitson Griffin who preceded him in death a few months into 1981. Lucy hand quilted each of the three quilts on display using a quilting rack set up in their living room.
All children of Mr. Griffin were born of his marriage to Clyde. There are: Vera Virginia Griffin, Donald E. Griffin, Philip W. Griffin, Franklin A. Griffin, Leslie Aldin Griffin and Jerry L. Griffin.
The Westinghouse console radio and record player was purchased by the family from Danley Furniture Company in Marianna, Florida in 1948. The children said it brought much listening enjoyment to them as they grew up. They said the first record played on the unit was ‘Lovesick Blues’ by Hank Williams in 1948.