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John "J-Cat" Griffith (#46568383)
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Bio Photo Hello I'm John T. Griffith, born in Oceanside California, a Viet Nam War U.S. Army M.P. Veteran and a former CHP Officer. In September 2002, I assisted the National Archives Center, Missouri, in replacing lost and destroyed U.S. Army files. It was during that research project I discovered Find A Grave, wanted to be a part of it's concept and became a member. I have always had a passion for history and the people who have lived it. People in everyday life who through the needs and demands of their times shaped the world. I believe each day is a gift and the best part of any day is that day. I'm also a professional musician and have shared the stage with many named artists. In addition, I'm a vintage guitar expert have contributed, plus co-wrote for many vintage guitar books and articles in Vintage Guitar magazine about the subject. Plus a photographer, writer and historian, for the San Diego Reader. I will gladly transfer any of my bios to relatives or folks with a concerned interest. I, my wife Mary and our Dachshund "Timmy", reside in Vista, California. Thanks and best regards, John
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Delila Duffy
James Younger Memorial
I tried to submit the below as an edit but Findagrave has taken over ownership. Has anyone ever tried to submit this before? I found it on microfiche at my local library.

Commits Suicide – Jim Younger Found With A Bullet In His Brain.
Discouraged by Refusal of Officials to Grant Necessary Permission for Marriage.
James Younger, one of the members of the famous gang of Jessie James outlaws committed suicide in a St. Paul hotel last Sunday night by shooting himself through the head with a thirty eight caliber revolver. The man had been despondent for some time and it is thought that he was not in his right mind when he did the shooting. Among Jim Youngers loyal friends was a woman who is a daughter of a former official of the state prison and who had done a great deal for the pardon of both him and his brother Cole. It is claimed that the couple desired to marry and were prevented from doing so only by the ruling of the attorney general that Younger, not having secured a full pardon, was still civilly dead and therefore not legally competent to enter into marriage. The impediment to this marriage probably had something to do with bringing him into the frame of mind in which he was when he ended his life. The letter which he left indicates that such is the fact. The dead bandit left a singular series of farewell messages. On two old brown envelops was inscribed in a bold hand: “All relations just stay away from me. No Crocodile tears wanted. Reporters, be my friends. Burn me up. Oh Lassie good bye. To all that’s good and true I love and hid farewell” Jim Younger. Inside the pocket was a paper with the following inscription on it. “Oct. 18, Last night on earth. So good bye Lassie for I still think of thee. Forgive me for this is my only chance; I have done nothing wrong. But politics is all Van Sant, Wolfer and others of their stripe care for. Let the people judge. Treat me right and fair reporters for I am a square man. A socialist decidedly in favor of woman’s rights. There is no such thing as a personal God. God is universal and I know him well and am not afraid. I have pity for the pardoning board. They don’t stop to consider their wives or to think of the man that knows how to love and appreciate a friend in truth. Good bye sweet Lassie. “Jim Younger.” Jim Younger was nearly 56 years of age and when paroled from the penitentiary in July 1901 had served nearly a quarter of a century in the Minnesota penitentiary. Since his release he had spent the greater part of his time in Minneapolis as a salesman in a cigar store, his health being such that he could not perform heavy labor.
Published in the Glencoe Enterprise. Retyped here by Delila M. Duffy
Added by Delila Duffy on Oct 26, 2016 7:24 PM
Jerry and Roger
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 9316434
Hi John, Thanks very much for your reply, I will try and see if I can reach someone at both cemeteries to try and get this issue clarified. I did get a photo of marker on mausoleum wall at Lincoln, that's main reason I feel he is there and not Evergreen, I will let you know what I find. My spouse is from Carlsbad, we just were in Oceanside yesterday to visit his family. Respectfully, Jerry
Added by Jerry and Roger on Sep 26, 2016 7:28 AM
Thank you for leaving information about my brother Buddy Winkelspecht's death on his memorial site. We made up part of the heavy metal band Asylum in South Jersey in the 80's, along with virtuoso guitarist Rick Kelly, aka Eric Jankowski. I wonder if he is still alive, we lost touch long ago....
Added by Zappa on Aug 25, 2016 7:11 AM
William Lawrence Boyd
I found your name as the person who wrote a great memorial to Hopalong Cassidy. I was a big fan of his also and I have an original newspaper clipping with his photo from a Hawaiian newspaper in 1972. I would like to add to his page but it's not accepting any more photos. Have you any suggestions?
Thank you for any help!
Added by SweetPea on Jul 25, 2016 5:55 PM
Trudy Anderson
RE: Joe Holtby
After looking many years for any info I could find on Joe, I finally found him here. Thank you for honoring him and giving others the chance to honor him for his sacrifice to his country. I will continue to search for any information I can find on him to also honor his parents who may have waited years to hear from/about him, praying and hoping.

Trudy Anderson
Daughter of Jessie Holtby (Morgan) Williams.
Added by Trudy Anderson on Jul 15, 2016 5:33 PM
Muhammed Ali
Thanks for your note! I was very honored they chose my biography for Muhammed Ali. I spent last night composing it and hope it honored who he was and what he stood for. I enjoy your work on findagrave very much. I'm so glad you wrote. Thank you!
Added by Christian on Jun 04, 2016 1:20 PM
RE: Meriwether Jeff Thompson
you are very welcome
Added by Conner on Jun 03, 2016 11:14 AM
RE: 32285000 Dr. Susan Dobbs
John, thank you for updating her memorial. I am so glad that she had such good friends who loved her. She was an amazing woman. -Vicki
Added by EllieLeeE on Apr 16, 2016 11:11 PM
Renae Schmidt
Gen. John Mehringer
Thank you for researching this man. He is a relative of mine that we always knew about but could not flesh out his military career. My Fathers records were also lost in the Missouri fire but he had enough things left over from his service that we could put it together. We had always visited his grave in Jasper IN but did not know much about his military history. My grandson is also grateful as he is a Civil War buff at 9. Thanks again.
Added by Renae Schmidt on Apr 14, 2016 10:22 AM
Don Green
RE: Brumley family info - - -
Thanks so much for all the quick updates, John ! Just found these distant cousins of mine. We both ended up in California from upstate NY, except they were some 45 years earlier :) Thanks for creating all the Memorials at Oceanview, would have never found them without your work.

Added by Don Green on Apr 12, 2016 12:09 PM
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