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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Griffin, Thomas Henry, 1836-1922 Papers, 1878-1883

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Griffin, Thomas Henry, 1836-1922. Papers, 1878-1883.
MSU Archives Collection 152

Griffin, Thomas Henry, 1836-1922. Papers, 1878-1883. SMHC Manuscript Collection 152. 1 microfilm reel; 35mm.


Thomas Henry Griffin was a farmer near Clinton Falls, Steele County, Minnesota. Most of the collection consists of account books which show receipts and expenditures for his farm and home; the prices of food, clothing, wood, and livestock; the wages paid to the hired help; and the amount of milk furnished to a cheese factory. The collection also includes a diary from 1878-1883, which includes information on the weather, dates for planting, and other aspects of his farming operations.

Biographical Note:

Thomas Henry Griffin was born in Chenango County, New York in 1836. He lived in New York with his family working as a farmer until the Civil War when he fought with the New York infantry unit. His unit fought on several fields of battle and was at Appomattox when General Lee surrendered. In August of 1865 he left home and headed to Minnesota. He bought interest in the Morrison land in Clinton Falls where he continued his life as a farmer. In 1859 he married Fannie E. Brown and had at least four children.
Information from, History of Steele and Waseca Counties, Minnesota: An Album of History and Biography. (Chicago: Union Publishing Co., 1887.), p. 317.


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Collection Citation:

Griffin, Thomas Henry, 1836-1922. Papers, 1878-1883. SMHC Manuscript Collection 152, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Donated by Minnesota Historical Society in October 1975.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Agriculture--Minnesota--Steele County.
Dairy products--Minnesota.
Farm life--Minnesota.
Steele County (Minn.)