Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Charles H. Griffen, Jr., the wide-awake manager for the H. T. Haywood Lumber Company, of 491 Pacific avenue, Santa Cruz, was born at Clinton, Missouri, iTecemoer 7, 1887, the son of Charles H. and Maria (Bedford) Griffen, the former a native of New York state, the latter of Arkansas. Mr. Griffen came to California in 1891 and located at Redondo Beach, removing later to Los Angeles.

Thus it happened that Charles H. Griffen, Jr. enjoyed the advantages of the schools in the "City of the Angels," attending both the grammar and the high schools. He then became a student in the University of California and after a course in mining engineering was graduated as a member of the class of 1910. He followed mining in Nevada, both at Tonopah and Goldfield, and was associated with the Tonopah-Belmont Development Company. He also operated a mine of his own in Manhattan, Nevada.

In 1915 Mr. Griffen became associated with the Graves Sash, Door & Mill Company, of Los Angeles, and was located successively at Riverside, Rialto and Yuma, Arizona. Four years later, when the Homer T. Hayward Lumber Company was organized, he joined their staff at Paso Robles, California, remaining there until the Santa Cruz branch was opened in February, 1923, when he was made manager of their office and yard here.

When Mr. Griffen married, he chose for his wife, Miss Catharine Hayward, a native of Illinois, and they have a nine-year-old son, Charles H. Griffen (III). Mr. Griffen belongs to Elks Lodge, No. 476, at Yuma, Arizona; is a member of the Santa Cruz Golf and Country Club and belongs to the Local Council of the Boy Scouts. He is a director of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club, and is second to none in wishing to improve every opportunity to advance the best interests, along the most permanent lines, of both town and county.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.