John Roger (Jack) GRIST

John Roger (Jack) GRIST

Male 1933 - 1992  (58 years)

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  • Name John Roger (Jack) GRIST 
    Born 28 Nov 1933  Appleton,WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1940  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • 24 Winona Ct.; Franklin, Gladys, Virginia, Jim, Grace Louise, John R. They had a maid named Charlotte Smith, age 22, of Manawa, WI
    Occupation Businessman; Founder of Office Technology Inc. 
    Residence 1951  24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • high school student
    Residence 1952  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1963  743 1/2 W. Fifth St., Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 24 Jun 1992  Menasha,WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2  Tree1
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2018 

    Father Franklin James GRIST,   b. 10 Dec 1893, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1953, Madison, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Gladys Ione STRITE,   b. 29 Oct 1895, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1990, San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1917  Gethsemane Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Gladys was 21; Franklin 23
    Notes 
    • ca 1917-18-?: Gladys and Franklin raised poultry and livestock on a farm in Orrelton, MN. They lived in a tent.
    • 1936: Construction begins at 24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI. Newspaper account: Construction of a 2-story birck residence at 24 Winona Court has been started by Franklin J. Grist. The new home, which includes five rooms on the first floor, four bedrooms and two baths on the second floor, is of English-Gothic type.
    • 1921: Virginia Ann born on July 25. Bought new home--white bungalow--4811 Park Ave. So, Minneapolis, MN, for $6,500.
    • 10 May 1937 Mr. and Mrs. Franklin J. Grist, 24 WInona Ct., are in Chicago today, attending the seventh annual fur style show and banquet at the Palmer House.
      -Appleton Post-Crescent
    • 27 Dec 1937: First place winner, class B, in the Post-Crescent Christmas Home Lighting Contest
      -Appleton Post-Crescent
    Photos
    Holiday greeting card
    Holiday greeting card
    From Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite

    Greeting inside says:

    In our home we think of you
    From our home we write to you
    To our home we welcome you

    The Grists
    Franklin Grist with holiday decor
    Franklin Grist with holiday decor
    Giant electric candles at 24 Winona Ct.
    Gladys in Zion National Park
    Gladys in Zion National Park
    Viola Schuman
    Viola Schuman
    Worked at Grist Furs in Appleton, WI
    Grist Furs
    Grist Furs
    Grist Furs billboard
    Grist Furs billboard
    Wornall (Bill) Farr with his in-laws
    Wornall (Bill) Farr with his in-laws
    Front: Wornall (Bill) Farr, left, and Franklin Grist
    Back, from left: John Roger (Jack) Grist, Grace Louise Grist, Virginia Grist, Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and Franklin James Grist, Jr.
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    Cookbook at 24 Winona Ct.
    Cookbook at 24 Winona Ct.
    Virginia Grist:
    We always had a notebook with recipes in it. Because mother was working so much at the fur store, we needed help with the cooking and such. Each night of the week had a certain meal associated with it. Monday Macaroni, I remember. And Pea du Hick (Creamed Dried Beef with Peas).

    Eventually, we got a real cook, Mrs. Lowrey, but that was after I went to school. Before that, most of the cooks were just country girls, so mother had to give them exactly what to do.
    Winona Court in 1936
    Winona Court in 1936
    The first photo shows construction; the second shot shows the holiday decorations in 1936. Franklin won the city prize for lighting that year. The bottom photo shows the holiday greeting from 1952.
    The Spiritual Foundation of 24 Winona Ct.
    The Spiritual Foundation of 24 Winona Ct.
    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Grists to Mexico
    Grists to Mexico
    From Grace Louise Grist:

    I remember that trip to Mexico in February l946 (?). Jack and I persuaded our parents to take us along, pleading that my recently learned Spanish could come in handy (it did). We drove to see Ginny [Virginia Grist] and Bill [Wornall Fisher Farr] in Dallas, then on down through the mountains to Mexico City. We stayed at a "motel" (new concept in those days) and met Mexican friends of theirs: Meurta (in pic with Daddy) and her mother (with Mother; I don't remember her name). They entertained us lavishly, took us to a bullfight. From there we drove to Cuernavaca, just a small pretty village and on to Taxco, where we bought lots of silver jewelry and a silver tea service (which Ginny and I still share). The road to Acapulco was treacherous, dusty, with vultures peering at us from the cliffs overhead. We spent weeks on the "morning beach," afternoons reading and snoozing, enjoyed interesting and delicious meals (octopus one day!)... The photo shows our hotel, overlooking the Pacific. I've forgotten the name of it.

    Our return trip included a stop at Garci Crespo, a spa with three swimming pools, and kids for Jack and I to play with. And then the hotel at Fortin de las Flores: the photos show the pool, which was covered with fresh gardenias each morning. A beautiful village, with a view of the mountain, friendly people.
    Gladys and Friends
    Gladys and Friends
    From Grace Louise Grist:

    Cora Harvey (we called her Cody) she was an office partner and best friend of mother's. She took care of us sometimes; she taught Jim and I how to oil paint, and had us go to her "art camp" in the summertime ... and had us enter our paintings in the annual county fair (and we won awards!!) She was a kind, sort of funny lady -- a salt-of-the-earth type.

    Dr. Busch (dentist) was our neighbor on Winona Ct. He and his wife Mary (photo) were very good friends and his kids were our pals, especially mine. Stevie and I played together a lot,he was a super pianist. Carol and I played paper dolls at her house. Their mom, Mary, made delicious schaum torte with strawberries. Dr. Busch had this sailboat (probably 20 ft.) and he took us out on it quite a lot (but never enough) on Lake Winnebago. A really nice man, even if he was a dentist. He teased me a lot.
    1972 Reunion in Waupaca, WI
    1972 Reunion in Waupaca, WI
    Reunion portrait and illustration by Franklin James Grist Jr.

    At Long Meadow cottage at the end of Long Lake (near the mouth of the Crystal River).
    Franklin James Grist Jr., Franklin James Grist, Wornall Fisher (Bill) Farr, Louise Grist, Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Franklin James Grist Jr., Franklin James Grist, Wornall Fisher (Bill) Farr, Louise Grist, Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    At 24 Winona Ct. near the old hickory tree.

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Franklin Grist (holding Sambo), Franklin James Grist Jr., Louise Grist (foreground), Virginia Grist, Gladys Strite and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Franklin Grist (holding Sambo), Franklin James Grist Jr., Louise Grist (foreground), Virginia Grist, Gladys Strite and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Louise Grist writes:

    The dog is our beloved Sambo. Daddy and I were the only real dog lovers in the family. I cried and cried and searched for days for Sambo when he ran away.

    This was taken in our house on Winona Court. Our grandfather clock in the background; I don't know the history of it, but it was always there since I was born. I was about 8 when this was taken, so it must be about 1937.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, Franklin Grist, Velma Strite and Franklin James Grist Jr.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, Franklin Grist, Velma Strite and Franklin James Grist Jr.
    Virginia Grist:

    I recognize the drapes: green and cool for the time. Big windows faced College Ave. This was in our apartment over the Melody Shop. About 1947. Pretty fancy table -- probably two card tables! Mother's crystal and silver. I don't remember the occasion, or that we entertained like that! Both of us worked six-day weeks -- too tired!
    Histories
    Model T
    Model T
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    Open House
    Open House
    Franklin Grists on Southern Vacation
    Franklin Grists on Southern Vacation
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Living
    Photos
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Family
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Family
    David Grist, John Roger (Jack) Grist, Judith Radtke, Karsen Grist
    1972 Reunion in Waupaca, WI
    1972 Reunion in Waupaca, WI
    Reunion portrait and illustration by Franklin James Grist Jr.

    At Long Meadow cottage at the end of Long Lake (near the mouth of the Crystal River).
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    John Roger GRIST
    John Roger GRIST
    High school
    Grist Family at 24 Winona Court, Appleton, WI
    Grist Family at 24 Winona Court, Appleton, WI
    Gladys STRITE writes on back: The whole family
    Summer 1938
    Virginia, 17; Franklin; Jim, 11; Grace Louise, 9; Jack, 4 1/2.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Family
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Family
    Jack Grist (back) with Judith Radtke, David Grist, Gladys Strite and Karsen Grist
    Judy, Jack and David
    Judy, Jack and David
    Judy Radtke, Jack Grist and David Grist
    Office Technology Inc.
    Office Technology Inc.
    On Commercial Street in Neenah, after moving from Oshkosh. The blue car in the front might be Gladys Strite's Monte Carlo.
    Office Technology Inc.
    Office Technology Inc.
    On Gillingham Road in Neenah.
    330 Winnebago Ave.
    330 Winnebago Ave.
    The Grists' first home in Menasha -- before moving across the street to 341.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Gladys Strite
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Gladys Strite
    At the home of Pat Gray and Louise Grist in Livermore, CA. About 1985
    George Coffits, Genevieve Lonergan, Gladys Strite and (in front) John Roger (Jack) Grist
    George Coffits, Genevieve Lonergan, Gladys Strite and (in front) John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    With a fish he caught while staying at the Smith cottage on Columbia Lake in Waupaca.
    Christmas 1968
    Christmas 1968
    David Grist and John Roger (Jack) Grist with their dog, Jason, at 330 Winnebago Ave.
    Gladys Strite and her son, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Gladys Strite and her son, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    In California for a seminar on holistic treatment.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist at 3 months
    John Roger (Jack) Grist at 3 months
    At the house on Superior Street (where they lived before moving to Winona Court).

    Virginia Grist:
    Jack was born on Superior Street. The birth was at home, late at night. When I heard the baby cry, I jumped out of bed to see the baby. The minute Franklin saw me, he fainted. I think he'd had to help with the delivery, and I think he'd had enough.

    Then, the doctor came. When the doctor asked mother, "Are you OK?" She said, "Yes, I'm fine, but take care of Franklin."

    And I remember mother saying, "Look at his eyes" The whites were so perfect. I'll never forget that.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist after work
    John Roger (Jack) Grist after work
    Taken by Dorothy Grist:

    Taken Aug. 1951
    Jack R. Grist
    in Grist's gardens after work at Stokely's canning factory. [24 Winona Ct.]
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Age 14
    Grace Louise Grist and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Grace Louise Grist and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Louise is 5; Jack is 9 months
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Portrait from 1937
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    In the yard at 24 Winona Ct.
    Gladys Strite with her children Franklin James Grist Jr. and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Gladys Strite with her children Franklin James Grist Jr. and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Virginia Grist: "This was 1741 N. Superior St., where Jack was born!"
    Cub Scouts
    Cub Scouts
    John Roger (Jack) Grist is at the far left in the back row. His good friend John Yule is on the right in back.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and his friend, John Yule.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and his friend, John Yule.
    Jack is on the right.
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    Dorothy, Gladys and Jack
    Dorothy, Gladys and Jack
    Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and John Roger (Jack) Grist at 24 Winona Ct.

    Gladys Strite writes on back:
    Dorothy and Gladys Grist and Jack
    Nov. 1959
    Appleton, Wis.
    at 24 Winona Court
    (note butterflies in grease wall paper)
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    John Roger (Jack) Grist with the Roosevelt Junior High School Basketball Team
    John Roger (Jack) Grist with the Roosevelt Junior High School Basketball Team
    Jack has written on the back:

    Roosevelt Junior HIgh School - 9th grade

    Front Row: Left to Right -
    Ken Day - Dick Bauernfeind - Dan Smith - Jiim Langenberg - Glynn Roehr - Jack Kettleson - Jim Smedlund - Gene Rosenbohm

    Back Row: Bill Gantner - Clark Williamson - Jack Grist - Bud Kangas - John Helble - Phillip Burmeister - Wayne Engel - Tom Lemke

    Back: Coach Winters
    John Roger (Jack) Grist's first business: B&G Business Machines
    John Roger (Jack) Grist's first business: B&G Business Machines
    At Lake-Aire Shopping Center in Oshkosh, WI
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, birthday card to mother
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, birthday card to mother
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, letter to Dorothy Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, letter to Dorothy Grist
    Note the stamp, which has "Grist" written on it. Stationery from Grist Furs.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist in the Navy
    John Roger (Jack) Grist in the Navy
    1955
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, tribute from colleagues
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, tribute from colleagues
    John S. Grist with John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John S. Grist with John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Grists to Mexico
    Grists to Mexico
    From Grace Louise Grist:

    I remember that trip to Mexico in February l946 (?). Jack and I persuaded our parents to take us along, pleading that my recently learned Spanish could come in handy (it did). We drove to see Ginny [Virginia Grist] and Bill [Wornall Fisher Farr] in Dallas, then on down through the mountains to Mexico City. We stayed at a "motel" (new concept in those days) and met Mexican friends of theirs: Meurta (in pic with Daddy) and her mother (with Mother; I don't remember her name). They entertained us lavishly, took us to a bullfight. From there we drove to Cuernavaca, just a small pretty village and on to Taxco, where we bought lots of silver jewelry and a silver tea service (which Ginny and I still share). The road to Acapulco was treacherous, dusty, with vultures peering at us from the cliffs overhead. We spent weeks on the "morning beach," afternoons reading and snoozing, enjoyed interesting and delicious meals (octopus one day!)... The photo shows our hotel, overlooking the Pacific. I've forgotten the name of it.

    Our return trip included a stop at Garci Crespo, a spa with three swimming pools, and kids for Jack and I to play with. And then the hotel at Fortin de las Flores: the photos show the pool, which was covered with fresh gardenias each morning. A beautiful village, with a view of the mountain, friendly people.
    Gladys' 80th Birthday
    Gladys' 80th Birthday
    Birthday wishes from Franklin James Grist Jr. (top) and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Virginia Ann Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Virginia Ann Grist
    At 1741 Superior St., Appleton, WI
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    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Virginia Ann Grist and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Virginia Ann Grist and John Roger (Jack) Grist
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    Appleton Man Injured When Car Hits Train
    Appleton Man Injured When Car Hits Train
    NEENAH -- a 28-year-old Appleton man, John R. Grist, 1112 N. Leminwah St., escaped without serious injury early this morning when his car slammed into a Soo Line train at the West Cecil Street crossing.

    According to Neenah police, the mishap occurred at 2:35 a.m. when Grist's 1960 auto, traveling west on W. Cecil, struck the second car in a five-unit train being pulled by a Soo Line switch engine. Extensive damage was done to the front end of the car.

    The Grist vehicle skidded at least eight feet before it struck the train. The impact, police said, knocked one of the railroad cars partially off the track. The railroad car, however, was routed back onto the track a short time later.

    Grist was taken to Theda Clark Hospital in the Neenah ambulance and reported in satisfactory condition early this morning. According to a hospital spokesman, his injuries include chin lacerations and abrasions to the nose, arms and legs.
    Report of Jack Grist car crash
    Report of Jack Grist car crash
    John Roger Grist, high school yearbook
    John Roger Grist, high school yearbook
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    John R. 'Jack' Grist
    John R. "Jack" Grist
    Holding what he would have called a "lunker." In the kitchen at Locksley Lodge on Round Lake, Waupaca, WI.
    Brothers: John R. 'Jack' Grist and Franklin James Grist, 1946
    Brothers: John R. "Jack" Grist and Franklin James Grist, 1946
    Jack is 12; Jim is 18

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    Jack Grist Calculator Demonstration
    Jack Grist Calculator Demonstration

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    John Roger (Jack) Grist moves Office Technology Inc.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist moves Office Technology Inc.
    New office on Gillingham Road in Neenah, WI

    Article appeared in the Oshkosh Northwestern, 2 FEB 1990
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, newspaper article on his life and business
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, newspaper article on his life and business
    Driving to California in 1943
    Driving to California in 1943
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    Letter from Jack Grist while aboard the USS Iowa
    Letter from Jack Grist while aboard the USS Iowa
    Jack Grist and Judy Radtke, 1961 and 1962
    Jack Grist and Judy Radtke, 1961 and 1962
    You can see video of the wedding day at:
    http://gallery.me.com/davidgrist
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    Wins Mexico Trip
    Wins Mexico Trip

    Recordings
    Building 24 Winona Ct. (40 minutes)
    Building 24 Winona Ct. (40 minutes)
    Gladys Strite tells Charles Grist the story of the Grist homestead in Appleton, WI.
    When Franklin Grist Died (15 minutes)
    When Franklin Grist Died (15 minutes)

    Charles Robert Grist talks to Gladys Strite about what happened in the years surrounding Franklin Grist's death in 1953. Topics include:




    • Louise Grist leaves her job as an art supervisor in Milwaukee to help Gladys in Appleton. After Franklin dies, she helps Gladys run Grist Furs and Fashions.

    • Gladys eventually sends Louise to California to fulfill her dream of teaching art there. She gets a job in Benicia.

    • Pat Gray follows to "convince Wese that he loves her."

    • What to do about the house at 24 Winona Court? Jim and Mary Grist are living in a small apartment; Charlie is on the way (born 19 May 1954). Gladys is in a too-big house.
      Lillian Cook [Coffitts] advises Gladys to wait on selling the house.

    • 2 April 1955: While Gladys is on vacation in Los Angeles, she goes up to Santa Barbara to meet up with Louise and Pat, where they got married. For a honeymoon, they stayed with Gladys in the home of Glady's cousin, Lloyd Strite. He and his wife, Lorraine, were away at the time.

    • Gladys proposes to share the house with Jim and Mary, creating a small apartment upstairs where she could live. They shared 24 Winona Ct. from about 1954 to 1959, when Gladys sold Grist Furs and Fashions.


  • Sources 
    1. [S175] 1940 U.S. Federal Census.

    2. [S90] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

    3. [S97] U.S. School Yearbooks Index.

    4. [S70] Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, WI.


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