Franklin James GRIST

Franklin James GRIST

Male 1893 - 1953  (59 years)

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  • Name Franklin James GRIST 
    Residence 7 Aug 1818  Syracuse, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Syracuse Recruitment Camp (for WWI recruits)
    Born 10 Dec 1893  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1895  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Age 1 month, lives with parents, John and Grace, sister, Dorothy, and a domestic, Nellie Smith
    Census 1900  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Age 6, lives with parents, John and Grace, and sister, Dorothy
    Census 1905  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Age 11, lives with parents, John and Grace, and sister, Dorothy
    Census 1910  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • 727 E. 16th St. Age 16, lives with parents John and Grace, and sister Dorothy. John will be born this year.
    Residence 1912  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 727 E. 16th St., clerk, Clausin & Co.
    Residence 1915  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 3453 4th Ave. S.; works at Minneapolis Tribune
    Residence 1917  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 3453 4th Ave. S.; clerk Wormser Hat Co.
    Residence 5 Jun 1917  French River, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1918  Two Harbors, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1919  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • flat 44, 307 W. 15th
    Census 1920  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Age 24, living in a rented apartment, No. 44 at 307 N. 15th St., Minneapolis, MN, with Gladys, 24. Profession: salesman at a department store.
    Residence 1921  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 4811 Park Ave. S.; foreman, Home Dress Mnfg. Co.
    Residence 1922  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 4811 Park Ave. S.; salesman, Dayton’s
    Residence 1924  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 4811 Park Ave. S.; salesman
    Residence 1926  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 4811 Park Ave. S.; furrier
    Residence 1927  Sioux Falls, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 2005 South Dakota Ave. (Letter to Gladys from Dorothy)
    Residence 1928  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 4811 Park Ave. S.; furrier, Goulds Inc.
    Census 1930  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Age 35, living at 4811 Park Ave. with Gladys, 34, Virginia, 8, James, 3, and Grace, who was not yet 1. Profession: furrier at a fur shop. In 1930, cenus takers asked if the household had a radio set. The Grists did not have one. However, they did have a servant, Louise Bertrand, 17.
    Occupation 1917: Farmer; Fur designer, owner of Grist Furs; 1940: furrier at retail fur shop  [4, 5
    Residence 1930  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Moved family to Appleton
    Residence 1930  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 4811 Park Ave. S.
    Residence 1932  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Green Bay (Road?); manager, Nigbor Fur Coat Co.
    Residence 1934  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1936  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 24 Winona Ct.
    Residence 1938  24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 8 Mar 1940  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Mr. and Mrs. Franklin J. Grist, 24 Winona court, who are vacationing in the south, are now in Havana, Cuba, where they flew from Miami by clipper ship. The flight was made over the panorama of the Florida Keys, across the Gulf stream and a corner of the Atlantic.
    Residence 25 May 1940  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • The Manhattan Club holds one dance each month from Sept. to May … officers include Franklin J. Grist, Dr. O.R. Busch and James D. Reeder, directors
    Residence 1951  24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 21 Nov 1953  Madison, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died at age 59 at 3:30 am on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1953, at Wisconsin General Hospital in Madison after a 10-month illness. Funeral services were held at Brettschneider Funeral Home in Appleton with burial at Highland Park, also in Appleton. -Notes from conversations I [Lorelle Grist] had with Gladys about Franklin’s cause of death:-He had complications from the flu and a streptococcus infection. Doctors thought he may have had a stroke. Purple pox appeared, so Franklin was treated for strep using penicillin. However, Gladys believed that the carbon tetrachloride -- with which Franklin cleaned fur coats before cold storing them for the summer -- had something to do with his illness.
    Buried Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, WI
    Notes 
    • Virginia Grist: Franklin’s father, John S. Grist was secretary to T.B. Walker, a prominent man in Ottawa, Canada. Wealthy, and a philanthropist. The grandfather clock was a gift from him--given to Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite later. I remember the clock in the attic at 4811 Park Avenue South in Minneapolis--before it was electrified. [8]
    • Charter member of the Appleton Jaycees. Also organizer and charter member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Franklin was a member of the McDowell Male Chorus (which his son, F. James Grist, Jr., was later a member of!), Masonic Lodge and Kiwanis Clubs.
    • WW1 Draft Registration Card: Age 23, living in French River, MN (near Duluth). Occupation is farmer, employed by himself. Registar’s report describes him as TALL with SLENDER build, GRAY eyes and LT. BROWN hair. Also notes that he is not bald, nor does he have any missing limbs. [4]
    • Appleton Post-Crescent
      27 Mar 1930

      FUR COAT COMPANY TO OPEN APPLETON STORE
      The Nigbor Fur Coat Co. will open and exclusive fur store at 232 College Ave. Saturday. The Nigbor Fur Coat Co. maintains stores at Green Bay, Wausau and Stevens Point, each conducted as an independent unit.

      Franklin J. Grist, a graduate of the Mitchell school of fur designing and pattern fitting, will be in charge here with local associates. [6]
    • 30 Jan 1937: Dr. and Mrs. O.R. Busch will entertain at a Valentine dinner and party tonight at their home at 3 Winona Court. Their guests will be Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Grist, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Wachholz, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fox and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Close. [6]
    Person ID I27  Tree1
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2019 

    Father John Samuel GRIST,   b. 22 Apr 1859, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1938, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Grace Elizabeth BURHANS,   b. 5 Dec 1871, Bennington, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1915, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 26 Aug 1891  St. Paul, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • They eloped
    Photos
    John Phippen Grist and John S. Grist
    John Phippen Grist and John S. Grist
    On the back: December, 1927. John - 17, Dad - 69.
    The Two Orphans!
    Dorothy Grist and Franklin with a dog
    Dorothy Grist and Franklin with a dog
    Unmarked photo, but appears to include Dorothy Grist (taller girl) and Franklin Grist (with dog).
    Dorothy Grist with her brothers, John and Franklin
    Dorothy Grist with her brothers, John and Franklin
    Family ID F46  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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
    Children 
    +1. Virginia Ann GRIST,   b. 25 Jul 1921, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 2013, Ashland, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +2. Franklin James GRIST, Jr.,   b. 14 Feb 1927, Sioux Falls, S.D. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 2019, Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +3. Living
    +4. John Roger (Jack) GRIST,   b. 28 Nov 1933, Appleton,WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1992, Menasha,WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    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.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    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
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    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.
    Franklin J. Grist
    Franklin J. Grist
    "Not homesick, just all in"
    Blossom, the cow
    Blossom, the cow
    At Gladys and Franklin's first home in Two Rivers, MN.
    Home of Genevieve Lonergan and George Coffits
    Home of Genevieve Lonergan and George Coffits
    Gladys Strite writes on back: "Aunt Vieve and Uncle George Coffits' 'shack' in northern Minnesota (Knife River, Molde, etc., near Two Harbors).
    Splendid New Homes
    Splendid New Homes
    From the Appleton Post-Crescent: No mater which section of Appleton one visits he finds attractive new homes, of which the two above are quite typical. At left is the home erected at 1932 S. Memorial Dr. for Arthur Wenzlaff, and at the right is the new home at 24 Winona Ct, in the far northeastern section of the city, built for Franklin J. Grist. The grist home is occupied and the Wenzlaff home will be completed in a short time.

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    In a carriage on July 4, 1899
    Franklin J. Grist in 1898
    Franklin J. Grist in 1898
    In Minneapolis
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in Mxico
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in Mxico
    Franklin and Gladys
    Franklin and Gladys
    East Rockaway, NY (on Long Island)
    Franklin James Grist Jr. with his parents, Gladys Strite and Franklin James Grist
    Franklin James Grist Jr. with his parents, Gladys Strite and Franklin James Grist
    At 24 Winona Ct.
    Franklin James Grist
    Franklin James Grist
    At 24 Winona Ct.
    John Phippen Grist, Dorothy Grist and Franklin James Grist
    John Phippen Grist, Dorothy Grist and Franklin James Grist
    At 24 Winona Ct.
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist
    Virginia Grist: "In the front yard at 24 Winona Ct. on the south lawn near the street. The tree is a much-loved hickory, long gone now. It had been saved with cement in its innards and prudent trimming by professional, Mary [Lamers] says."

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Letter to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist from Franklin Grist
    Letter to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist from Franklin Grist
    Friday 3:30 p.m. [Nov. 2, 1918]

    Dear Dorothy & Dad

    I am at the sub guard #1 station and have time to write a letter. I came on guard at noon today, and will be off at noon tomorrow. That will suit me fine, for now I can spend my Saturday and Sunday with Gladys. I have asked for a pass over Sunday, so will not have to stand any formations until Monday at 6:10.
    This may be my last time to act at Corporal of the Guard. No, I have not been "busted" but I am to be promoted to a sergeant. My name with two others went over to the Col. Offices to be signed, and will be back in a day or so. Then I will discard my two stripes for three. I feel pretty good over that, as there were two corporals set back to the ranks as privates this month so to be promoted means a little more to me.
    The next big happening is the news Gladys just brought to me about 30 minutes ago. She said she couldn't keep from telling me so came down to this substation as I had told her I would be here.
    She said that she had a job at the Embarkation Hdqts. In the Finance Dept. as bookkeeper at $100 a month. Her hours are to be 8 till 5 and one hour at noon. Now that's what I call a pretty good job to start at anyway. She looked all around at different places, including the shipyards & it wasn't a case of getting work, for there seems to be oodles of it for girls, but just a question of who would pay the most and give the best hours. It is a government job, and a very busy place. As soon as she told them her experiences and where she worked, etc., she was hired. It all only took about two minutes, she said. I feel very proud of her.
    Now with my pay & her allotment, it will mean a monthly income of $152.40 for the two of us. That sounds good, but when you figure our living expenses, it knocks all the joy out of the big figures. We are now paying $10 a week for a room. At the same place (private family). Gladys will be able to take her breakfast & supper. Her breakfasts will cost 50 and her supper 75. Then her lunch she thinks will average 30 to 40 each (light) so her chow each day will be about $1.60. Then by adding her car fare, 10, and the room rent $1.43 a day. We have a grand total of $3.13 for living expenses per day. That does not include laundry or clothes. She is buying a liberty bond, also. So in all, it will easily take the $100 to live on. Then her clothing will come out of the rest of what I get.
    I am so glad that she did so well. It will mean she can be very comfortable, and will get good home-cooked meals. She has already had one super at the new place (Wilsons) and said it was wonderful. It isn't a boarding house. The man of the house is a commissioned man at Camp Stewart and their home is a beauty. We have French windows in our room; they are really doors and open on a cute little porch. The furniture all matches in our room. The bath is just across the hall and very nice and modern. We just moved into the Wilson place this morning. The people are very refined and so nice to us.
    At the first place we had 3 nights. It was all right, but the room wasn't very up to date and it was downstairs while the bath was up. She could get no meals there, and the price was the same as the Wilson room. The Wilsons have a very sweet daughter with whom Gladys has taken a liking.
    Mr. Wilson serves at the table and its all very home like. Didn't want her to go eating at different places, it would cost as much I think and it wouldn't be as well-cooked or as clean. The surroundings of a place make a difference, you know.
    Wilsons is only a 15-minute walk from my barrack, just outside the camp. The car line is right at the corner and the same car runs right to her new place of business.
    She starts tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock. I am to meet her at 5:30 downtown and go home with her. I get off guard at noon, & have a pass for over Sunday. Last night we went tot the "Y" & heard a few stunts put on by boys around the camp. Then we went over to the dance and it being Halloween night, a big crowd was out and we had a good time. It also was pay day at our camp and all the boys were celebrating. Gladys sure was the popular girl. I had a hard time getting in a dance with her myself. She sure loves to dance. I wish you could see the wardrobe she has. Dorothy knows most of it. Well, I'll say she has it on all these southern girls for dress. So many have asked if she wasn't from N.Y. City.
    We were honored last night bye a singer (professional) at the dance. He gave two selections and after the encore, he made a beeline for Gladys & asked her for a dance & hoped to land one with her. So many have told me what a fine dancer she was. I'm beginning to think I have some wife. What say?
    The nice gift you send came today from Mpls. She was very pleased with it. Was all out of talcum [?].
    Must go to chow now. Hope you are both well. Write when you can.
    Franklin


    Franklin Grist making a movie
    Franklin Grist making a movie
    Virginia Grist: "FJ got an 8mm movie camera soon after they came out, and loved taking pictures. This must be about 1938."
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Franklin Grist with the Strites
    Franklin Grist with the Strites
    Franklin James Grist, Gladys Strite, George T. Strite, Louise Coffits and Velma Strite
    Franklin Grist in costume
    Franklin Grist in costume
    Franklin Grist in service during World War I
    Franklin Grist in service during World War I
    Virginia Grist: "Gladys went there with him for the duration. His job was to go by train after deserting soldiers who were often southern, black, afraid of water, and of going overseas. Gladie [Gladys Strite] found them a place to live in town with lovely couple, in a real house! And she got a job in the payroll office. There were regular dances for the servicemen. Both loved to dance and were very good at it. Few women at the base, many partners! They were very happy and FJ never got shipped out. When the war ended, I think he went right to NYC for training to become a furrier."
    Franklin Grist during World War I
    Franklin Grist during World War I
    From left: Franklin James Grist Jr., John S. Grist, Virginia Ann Grist and Franklin James Grist
    From left: Franklin James Grist Jr., John S. Grist, Virginia Ann Grist and Franklin James Grist
    Virginia Grist:
    "Baby must be Jim at side of 4811 Park"
    Appleton in 1949
    Appleton in 1949
    Events at Grist Furs (and Grist Furs & Fashions)
    Events at Grist Furs (and Grist Furs & Fashions)
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist at Pelican Lake
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist at Pelican Lake
    Dorothy Grist writes on back:
    Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Freede at Pelican Lake, Wisc.
    Aug. 1949
    Franklin Grist on Christmas Day, 1918
    Franklin Grist on Christmas Day, 1918
    Franklin Grist, Newport News, VA, 1919
    Franklin Grist, Newport News, VA, 1919
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite, skating in Minneapolis in 1912
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite, skating in Minneapolis in 1912
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite at the Masonic Dance
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite at the Masonic Dance
    Back row, from left: Unknown Uncle, Franklin James Grist, Hattie Powers
Front: Dorothy Grist, Eliza Powers
    Back row, from left: Unknown Uncle, Franklin James Grist, Hattie Powers Front: Dorothy Grist, Eliza Powers
    On the back, Dorothy Grist writes to Virginia Grist:

    This snap is sixty-one years old this June 1964. You may keep it, Ginny, if you want it.

    Uncle ? (Forgot his name. It might be great-grandpa Powers), Franklin Grist, Grandma B. [Hattie Powers] (widow), Dorothy Grist, great-grandma Powers [Eliza Brimmer].

    Taken in 1903 in New York State [Virginia Grist thinks it was possibly near Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Census records from 1900 confirm that Hattie was living in Petersburg, NY with her mother, Eliza, who was 74.]

    Grandma B. is Grandma Burhans. She's my mother's mother.

    Great-grandmother Powers was the owner of the paisley shawl sent you. She was 90 years old when this was taken. She lived some time after this as taken but I don't recall how long. My mother, Grace Grist, took this snap. Sunshine was very bright, so we frown.

    -Aunt Dorothy


    Dorothy Grist and Franklin Grist
    Dorothy Grist and Franklin Grist
    Written on the back:

    Dorothy & Franklin on our front porch

    Dec. 22nd 1895
    Franklin Grist and Grace Burhans
    Franklin Grist and Grace Burhans
    Franklin James Grist
    Franklin James Grist
    As a choirboy in Gethsemane Church in Minneapolis
    Franklin Grist
    Franklin Grist
    Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    About 1894
    From left: Grace Burhans, Dorothy Grist, Franklin Grist and John Samuel Grist
    From left: Grace Burhans, Dorothy Grist, Franklin Grist and John Samuel Grist
    1895

    On the back, it says: Merry Xmas
    John Phippen (7 months) and Franklin Grist (age 17)
    John Phippen (7 months) and Franklin Grist (age 17)
    1911
    Franklin Grist
    Franklin Grist
    Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    Grace Burhans, Franklin Grist, Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    Grace Burhans, Franklin Grist, Dorothy and Franklin Grist
    Mother, Dad, Dorothy & Franklin and their dolls.
    Wedding announcement
    Wedding announcement
    The Minneapolis newspaper got Gladys' name wrong, listing her as Glady J. instead of Gladys I. Photo is from 1916.
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite -- Their first home
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite -- Their first home
    From pages of an album created by Franklin
    It's all jake
    It's all jake
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in 1916.

    Note: "jake" is slang for "all right, fine".

    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Franklin and Gladys' cats in Two Harbors
    Franklin and Gladys' cats in Two Harbors
    Good Times in the Camp
    Good Times in the Camp
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite
    Our second home -- Two Harbors, Minn.
    Jan. 1918
    Gladys Strite, ice rink
    Gladys Strite, ice rink
    Franklin Grist
    Franklin Grist
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in the 1920s
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in the 1920s
    Postcard from Franklin Grist to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Postcard from Franklin Grist to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Camp Hill, Va.
    Wed. a.m.

    Dear D&D [Dorothy and Dad].

    Your card came yesterday. I was so excited over Gladys' arriving that I rammed it in my pocket with two other letters and forgot all about it until I went to bed.
    G. arrived at 11 a.m. Tuesday, had a very enjoyable trip. Met sailor boy headed for Norfolk and had a good chat. He bought her a box of candy. She looks just fine. Am so proud of her. Looks like a million dolllars. Have had so many T.L's [?] for her. We looked up rooms after getting lunch at the Red Circle Club. Went to a movie in the afternoon and out to camp for retreat. Took her around places of interest here. Was very warm when she arrived. Left Mpls. in a snow storm. Didn't bring any summer clothes with her. We have a room about 2 blocks outside the camp limits cost $10 a week. We took it for the present, as it was best we could do. Hope to find something better this week (in price). We are going to dance tonight. Boys anxious to meet her. Believe me, a looking girl is a curiosity in N.N. [Newport News]. I can see envy in the fellows' eyes. Will write letter later.
    Love, Franklin
    Postcard from Franklin
    Postcard from Franklin
    Franklin Grist
Camp Hill (Newport News)
    Franklin Grist Camp Hill (Newport News)
    Franklin Grist
    Franklin Grist
    Syracuse Recruit Camp, Syracuse, N.Y.
    Franklin Grist
Victory Parade
    Franklin Grist Victory Parade
    Bill Watson Returns from WWI
    Bill Watson Returns from WWI
    Franklin Grist on Motorbike
    Franklin Grist on Motorbike

    Hear Gladys Strite describe her summer in Ottawa with the Grist relatives and Franklin's motorbike journey. (9 minutes).


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    Nigbor Furs
    Nigbor Furs
    Franklin Grist, Minneapolis furrier
    Franklin Grist, Minneapolis furrier

    Gladys Strite tells how Franklin got started in the fur business. (6 minutes).

    Franklin Grist and John Grist
    Franklin Grist and John Grist
    Grist Furs -- the first store
    Grist Furs -- the first store
    From Virginia Grist:

    Top: 1930, Jim and Virginia on running board of Buick

    Center: Grist-Ericson, the FIRST store on 231 College Ave. [Appleton, WI]

    Bottom: 1938, Viola Schumann. Worked for F.J. for many years.


    Gladys Strite tells how Franklin got started in the fur business. (6 minutes).


    College Avenue store
    College Avenue store
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    Franklin Grist
    Franklin Grist
    Dorothy Grist: Franklin J. Grist in front of "Hollywood Park" Inglewood, Calif., on way in to see National Flower Show.
    March 22, 1952

    Taken by Dorothy Grist
    Ad for Grist Furs
    Ad for Grist Furs

    Gladys Strite tells how Franklin got started in the fur business. (6 minutes).

    Grist Furs ad
    Grist Furs ad
    Franklin Grist and Hattie Powers [Grandma Burhans]
    Franklin Grist and Hattie Powers [Grandma Burhans]
    Minneapolis, Aug. 30, 1898
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    Franklin James Grist, 1930
    Franklin James Grist, 1930
    Christmas 1929: Fire truck and dollhouse with electric lights
    Christmas 1929: Fire truck and dollhouse with electric lights
    On the back of the photo: "Hook and ladder Co. located at 4811 Park [Minneapolis, MN]. "Chief Jim Grist in charge.

    Dollhouse operated by Miss Virginia Grist gets "on fire" many times a day.
    Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, Franklin James Grist
    Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, Franklin James Grist
    Not sure where this was taken, but it's not a wedding photo. Possibilities from Grace Louise Grist: "That dress of Grandma's looks pretty familiar (like what she wore for the wedding?) but she and daddy often danced at the Mason's ... so no.

    Ginny looks SO young, like maybe high school, but why the elaborate
    bouquet? Her hair looks shorter than how she wore it for the
    wedding photo, but could be it was for the rehearsal dinner, (which I don't even remember... was I invited? Must have been, short memory).

    Documents
    Marriage Announcement
    Marriage Announcement
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite Marriage Certificate
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite Marriage Certificate
    Witnesses include George T. Strite and Dorothy Grist
    Fur Article
    Fur Article
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    MANY BOYS POISONED
    MANY BOYS POISONED
    Austin Daily Herald, Austin, MN
    4 April 1904

    MANY BOYS POISONED

    TWENTY-SEVEN MEMBERS OF A MINNEAPOLIS CHOIR ARE SERIOUSLY ILL.

    THREE EXPECTED TO PERISH

    THE RESULT OF EATING TAINTED FOOD BEFORE THE EASTER MORNING SERVICE

    Minneapolis, April 4. For several hours Sunday it was feared that a frightful harvest of death among the choir boys of Gethsemane church might follow their eating of a breakfast prepared for them by the women of the church.

    As it is, twenty-seven victims of trichinae or ptomaine poisoning are in various stages of illness and fatal results are feared in at least three cases.

    The other victims are Franklin Grist

    The breakfast was served to the boys in the hall adjoining the church by members of the ladies' guild. This was done because of the early Easter service at the church, which necessitated the boys' presence at an early hour. Some of them had come long distances and partook generously of pork chops, doughnuts, coffee, potatoes in cream and bread and butter.

    The potatoes had been cooked the night before and allowed to stand in tin dishes, and many believed that the poisoning was attributed to that cause. However, the physicians who are attending the most serious cases [unreadable]

    The boys were stricken at the regular morning service at 10 o'clock, about three hours after their breakfast in the guild hall.
    Nigbor opening in Appleton
    Nigbor opening in Appleton
    FUR COAT COMPANY TO OPEN APPLETON STORE
    The Nigbor Fur Coat Co. will open and exclusive fur store at 232 College Ave. Saturday. The Nigbor Fur Coat Co. maintains stores at Green Bay, Wausau and Stevens Point, each conducted as an independent unit.

    Franklin J. Grist, a graduate of the Mitchell school of fur designing and pattern fitting, will be in charge here with local associates.
    Franklin J. Grist draft card, WW2
    Franklin J. Grist draft card, WW2
    Headstone application, Franklin J. Grist
    Headstone application, Franklin J. Grist

    Histories
    Gladys Strite -- Minneapolis Days
    Gladys Strite -- Minneapolis Days
    Gladys talks about high school, Trix Watson, Franklin and courtship
    Memories of Two Harbors
    Memories of Two Harbors
    Gladys and Franklin get married and try living off the land.
    Letter from Gladys
    Letter from Gladys
    Shortly after arrival in Newport News, VA
    Memories of the first Grist Furs store
    Memories of the first Grist Furs store
    Remembrance from Virginia Grist
    Franklin Grist, after World War I
    Franklin Grist, after World War I
    Franklin's training in the fur trade; early memories of their first home in Minneapolis.
    A letter from Gladys Strite
    A letter from Gladys Strite
    This was written to Dorothy Grist, who was in Ottawa, Canada; written five days before Virginia Grist was born. They were expecting a boy to be named "Jimmie".
    Franklin and Christian Science
    Franklin and Christian Science
    GOLDEN RULE ETHICS BASIS IN MOST LINES
Professional Man, Manufacturer, and Retailer Talk to Kiwanians
    GOLDEN RULE ETHICS BASIS IN MOST LINES Professional Man, Manufacturer, and Retailer Talk to Kiwanians
    Ethics -- of the professional man, the manufacturer and the retailer were discussed at the meeting of Kiwanis club at Conway Hotel Wednesday noon by three members of the club, Dr. E.L. Bolton, H.D. Purdy and Franklin J. Grist. The Golden Rule proved to be the fundamental basis of the ethics of all three lines of work.

    In his talk on retail ethics, Mr. Grist explained the fur trade, saying that there is never a necessity of calling a wolf fur a fox, that frankness never blocks a sale. He spoke of some of nature's laws with reference to fur-bearing animals, and pointed out that the center of the fur trade is now in the United States while before the war it was in Europe.
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    A Gladys & Franklin timeline
    A Gladys & Franklin timeline
    By Virginia Grist

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of what happened in the years surrounding Franklin Grist's death (15 minutes).

    Gladys Goes to Two Harbors
    Gladys Goes to Two Harbors
    The Grist House
    The Grist House
    Franklin Grist discovers Appleton
    Franklin Grist discovers Appleton
    Franklin Grist, letter from D.C.
    Franklin Grist, letter from D.C.
    Reminiscence from Gladys Strite about 1930
    Reminiscence from Gladys Strite about 1930
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    MEAGHER QUITS FIRM; SUCCEEDED BY GRIST
    MEAGHER QUITS FIRM; SUCCEEDED BY GRIST
    E.C. Meagher has left the firm of Meagher and Erickson, furriers at 231 E. College Ave., and has been succeeded by Franklin J. Grist. The firm name has been changed to Grist-Erickson, furriers. Mr. Grist for the past two years has been associated with the Nigbor Fur Co. in this city. He is a graduate of the Mitchell school of fur designing in New York.
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    Recordings
    The Victory Garden at 24 Winona Ct. (10 minutes)
    The Victory Garden at 24 Winona Ct. (10 minutes)
    Gladys Strite tells the story of Franklin Grist's abundant tomato harvest, and the subsequent canning production.

    She was interviewed by Charles Robert Grist, Terri Lynn Moore and Patty Morgan.
    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.

    The Story of Virginia Grist's Birth (10 minutes)
    The Story of Virginia Grist's Birth (10 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells the story of Virginia Ann Grist's birth in 1921. Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist.



    • Friend Trix Watson has her daughter, Margene, about the same time.

    • Franklin: "Ma, it's a girl, but I don't care."

    A tour of 4811 Park Ave. South (7 minutes)
    A tour of 4811 Park Ave. South (7 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells the story of the house at 4811 Park Ave. South in Minneapolis, MN. House cost $6,500 when they bought it. Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist.


    Summer in Ottawa (9 minutes)
    Summer in Ottawa (9 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells the story of Franklin's trip to Ottawa. Gladys and Virginia were in Ottawa for the summer to spend time with the Grists who lived there. Franklin remained in Minneapolis, but decided to go to Ottawa on his new motorbike. During this trip, he stopped in Appleton, WI, for the first time. "He just thought that it was the prettiest little town he'd ever seen." Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist.

    Grists to Sioux Falls; Jim's Birth (6 minutes)
    Grists to Sioux Falls; Jim's Birth (6 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells how Franklin got started in the fur business. (6 minutes). Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist. Also:



    • Moving to Sioux Falls, SD

    • Birth of Jim Grist ) Franklin James Grist, Jr.

    • Moving back to Minneapolis.


  • Sources 
    1. [S56] Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905.

    2. [S20] 1910 U.S. Federal Census.

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

    4. [S21] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

    5. [S175] 1940 U.S. Federal Census.

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

    7. [S49] Appleton Post-Crescent.

    8. [S7] Virginia Grist.

    9. [S129] Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950.


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