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620. Photo Colonel Chauncey Wright GRIGGS was born on 31 Dec 1837 in Tolland Township, Tolland County, CT.35,237 (His birth year may have been 1832.) (This is a picture of a wooden box from his company, Griggs Cooper & Co., that is in the possession of Gary Griggs.) He served in the military in 1861 in Fort Snelling, MN.35 He served with distinction with the Third Minnesota Infantry. In 1882 he was a founder and President of Griggs, Cooper and Company in St. Paul, Ramsey County, MN.55 It was the largest wholesale grocery and food manufacturing company in the Northwest. After 1888 he was a co-founder and President of the St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company in Tacoma, Pierce County, WA.55

From an advertisement of the St. Regis Paper Company: "The largest timber purchase in history gave birth to St. Regis here in Tacoma. The option to buy 80,000 acres of timberland from the Northern Pacific Railroad had brought Colonel Chauncey Wright Griggs, Henry Hewitt, Jr., and his brother-in-law Charles Jones to the Tacoma Hotel in 1887. It was there that they first agreed to pool their resources and Midwest lumbering experience, and move West.

So in May 1888, the St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company was born. Just about everything concerned with this venture was innovative. Not only was the mill the largest in the Pacific Northwest, sawing over a million board feet a day, but it was the first bandsaw mill on the Pacific Coast. And, finally, the mill was built on pilings on the Tacoma tideflats, and that was thought downright impossible. It wasn't...it was just another first.

Later, Colonel Griggs and the St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company came up with many more innovations for the industry. They developed tree farming techniques years before America's first tree farm was founded at Clemons. They also developed kilns to dry hemlock lumber, and the first to merchandise hemlock lumber nationally."

. He died in 1910.35

Colonel Chauncey Wright GRIGGS and Martha Ann GALLUP were married on 19 Apr 1859 in Detroit, Wayne County, MI.35,55,237 Martha Ann GALLUP was born on 7 Sep 1834 in Ledyard, New London County, CT.35,237 Before 1890 she was in St. Paul, Ramsey County, MN. She was the President of the Protestant Orphan Asylum and a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church. After 1890 she was in Tacoma, Pierce County, WA.35 She was a founder of the Tacoma Art League and of the Aloha Club. She was an organizer and first Regent of the Mary ball Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a State Regent of the Washington D.A.R. between 1896 and 1899. She died in 1913 in Tacoma, Pierce County, WA.35 Colonel Chauncey Wright GRIGGS and Martha Ann GALLUP had the following children:

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Chauncey Milton GRIGGS.

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ii.

Herbert Stanton GRIGGS Sr..

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Heartie Dimock GRIGGS.

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iv.

Everett Gallup GRIGGS.

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v.

Theodore Wright GRIGGS.

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Anna Billings GRIGGS.

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