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Seth Griffin obituary

Famous Builder Of Race Tracks Is Dead
Seth Griffin Passes Away at an Advanced Age After a Trying Illness

The Elyria Republican (Elyria, OH) - November 15, 1906

     One of the best known of the older Elyria faces was removed last week in the death of Seth Griffin, which occurred on November 8.
     Mr. Griffin was born in Broome, Schoharie county, New York, the 24th of April, 1826. Later he removed to Laporte, Indiana, where at the age of eleven, he lost his father. He came to Elyria to live with his brother, Talcott, in 1837. On April 11, 1847, he was married to Malvina P. Phipps, who survives him.
     Mr. Griffin was well known throughout the country as a builder of race tracks. He built the celebrated track at Readville, Mass., also the Empire City track, at Yonkers, N. Y.; one at Nashville, and one at Memphis, Tenn.; one for William Rockefeller, in Connecticut, and many others.
     In 1904 he united with the First Congregational church. He was known and beloved of all for his modest, unassuming life, his gentleness of manner and good will and kindness toward all. He passed away after a long and trying sickness, which was born with Christian fortitude. The funeral services were held at his residence on Fifth street, on Saturday, November 10, Rev. W. E. Cadmus and Rev. S. K. Life-Emurian officiating.

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