The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, July 27, 1883

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DIED - In this city, July 27, 1883, John M. Griffin.

At 1 o'clock this morning Capt. John M. Griffin died at his home, on East Bridge street, in this city. Capt. Griffin was born in Ireland. He came to this country and to Oswego with his parents when very young. He lived here ever since.

He commenced sailing on the lakes in 1860, and in 1865 took charge of the schr. Maple Leaf, which he sailed for two seasons. In 1867 Capt. Griffin took command of the schr. James Navagh. In November, 1868, during a fearful storm, the Navagh went on Twin River Point, about 70 miles from Milwaukee, and became a total loss.

The crew clung to the wreck for several hours, and were finally rescued, although the cook, Mrs. Mills, of Oswego, died after being taken ashore. In the spring of 1869, Capt. Griffin brought out the schr. Guiding Star, of which he was part owner, and remained until 1873, when he went to Manitowoc and superintended the building of the schooners Blazing Star and Mystic Star, both of which vessels he commanded for a short time.

In 1874 Capt. Griffin accepted a position with Mr. Michael J. Cummings in the Ontario mills, having charge of the city retail trade. After the destruction of that mill by fire, he occupied the same position with Messrs. Hastings & Co. in the Cumberland mill, until two years ago when failing health compelled him to resign, and upon the advice of physicians he went to Colorado.

After remaining there nearly a year, he returned home greatly benefited, as he supposed, but after a short stay the old symptoms of pulmonary consumption returned, and he was compelled to go west again, where he remained until the 23d of April last. Since that time he has been in weakly condition and for the last three weeks was confined to his house. He felt that the end was near, and when death came he met it manfully. He was a son of William Griffin of this city. he leaves a wife and seven children.

He was a brother of captains P. and W. Griffin, and a half brother of Mr. M.J. Cummings. He also leaves three married sisters. He was considered one of the best sailors on the lakes, an during his career made many remarkably quick trips. He was a true hearted man, of generous and manly impulses, and his death caused deep feeling of sorrow, not only among the lake sailors but in a large circle of friends, who had learned to respect him for his many sterling qualities. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, July 27, 1883