Ruth Valentine Griffin

Female, #11570, (14 Feb 1906 - 14 Jan 1996)
Father*James Olin Griffin (30 Jan 1871 - 31 Jul 1953)
Mother*Minnie Dallas Strickland (26 Oct 1877 - 19 Jun 1950)
Birth*14 Feb 1906 Ruth was born at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 14 Feb 1906. 
Census*1910 She was in the in 1910 census at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama
Photographed*1922 She was photographed in 1922 at Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee.1
Ruth V. Griffin
Death of Mother19 Jun 1950 Her mother Minnie Dallas Strickland died on 19 Jun 1950 at Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee
Death of Father31 Jul 1953 Her father James Olin Griffin died on 31 Jul 1953 at Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee
Photographedsay 1956 She was photographed say 1956 at Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee.1 
Death*14 Jan 1996 She died at Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, on 14 Jan 1996 at age 89. 
Biography* In a 31 Jan 1982 letter, Ruth wrote that she and her sister (Erom?) both taught at the Elmore County High School in Enterprise, AL. Ruth also worked in the Catalog Department at Sears Roebuck & Co. for many years.
      Mrs. C. W. (Marie Griffin) Middlecoff wrote in a 13 Feb 1995 letter: Ruth graduated from high school in Eclectic, Ala. Sister [Erom?] was teaching there. Ruth stayed with her. Goodwater, Ala. did not have an accredited high school. Then Ruth went to Judson College (Marian, Ala.) for 2 yrs. She changed to Montevallo, which is part of the University of Ala. now. She taught 2 yrs. at Enterprise, Ala., + 3 years at Ozark, Ala. This was during the depression. They payed the teachers in warrants. She quit and came back home to 1245 Central, Memphis, Tenn. She worked in the County Agents office in Wetumpka, Ala. for about 5 yrs. She went back to Memphis and got a job with Sears. Mail order working in the office until she retired in 1971. She lives in the family home in Midtown Memphis.

From her niece, Dr. Mary Ruth Lewis, 24 Jul 2004:

I believe that Ruth did teach school. If I remember correctly, Mother told me that during the Depression, Ruth lived a while with her and Daddy while teaching school. However, the state was not able to pay its teachers that year with money, only scrip which must have been virtually worthless, or certainly not a living wage. Ruth had majored in history in College (She went for 2 years to Judson, and the final 2 years to Ala. Women's College in Montevallo)and I think that's what she taught. However, she soon decided to go home to live with Grandad and Grandmother and took employment with Sears. 
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Last Edited13 Aug 2007


  1. Correspondence from Mary Ruth Lewis Ph. D., Houston, TX, to Lew Griffin, 3 Sep 1997.