Robert Sledge Griggs

When Robert S. Griggs came to Ballinger, Texas, in November, 1902, he was fresh from his studies in the Texas State University, and had but recently received his LL. B. degree. His stay here has been continuous since that time, and his success has been one of the highest order. Numerous public offices have been given into his keeping, and he is now serving as representative from the One Hundred and Eleventh District. In the practice of his profession he has shown an exceptional ability, the same having won to him a clientele of representative order, and in his public service, most of which has been in line with his profession, he has coupled his professional ability with a high sense of citizenship and stewardship, so that his career in Ballinger has been one that is most creditable to him and to the city and county.

A native son of the state, Mr. Griggs was born at Chapel Hill, Washington county, Texas, on November 29, 1875, and he is a son of Dr. G.W. Griggs and his wife, who was Miss Eugenie C. Jackson prior to her marriage. The father was born in Madison county, Alabama, and in early life practiced medicine, though he later turned his attention to dentistry and continued in that profession until 1872, when he retired to the farm but was continually called on by neighbors to extract troublesome teeth. The mother, also a native of Alabama, came to Texas with her parents in about 1845, the father coming after the close of the Civil war, in which he fought as a soldier in the Confederate army. He served one year as a private in the ranks, after which he was appointed to the post of surgeon in the Hospital Corps, in which capacity he continued until the close of the war. He was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, prior to his service on the hospital corps. When the war was over, Dr. Griggs came to Texas and located at Chapel Hill, taking up the practice of dentistry. In September, 1865, he married, and continued in practice in Chapel Hill until 1870, when he went to Waco and established himself in his profession there. Two years later he retired from the active practice of his profession, and removed to a farm near Chapel Hill, Washington county, and in 1876 moved to the line of Correll and Hamilton counties near the little town of Evant. He located on that place in 1892, and there his death occurred in 1895. The mother survived until March, in 1902. It should be said that she was the daughter of Terrell J. Jackson, a well known pioneer of Washington county, in his day, and especially prominent as one of the promoters and builders of the old Washington County Railroad, now a part of the H. & T. C. Railroad. Seven children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Griggs-three daughters and four sons. Judge Griggs of this review is the fourth in order of birth.

Robert S. Griggs gained his preliminary education in the public schools of his native state, and when he had finished his high school course he applied himself to the work of teaching, in which he continued for a few seasons and then entered the state University, where he engaged in the study of law. In 1902 his graduation followed, when he was accorded his LL. B. degree, and in the following November he came to Ballinger.

In the summer of 1904 the Judge was appointed to the office of city attorney of Ballinger, and at the close of the year was elected county attorney of Runnels county, in which office he served with all efficiency for fars, and in 1908 was elected Coutny Judge. He served two terms in that office, proving himself an able jurist, dispensing a justice well worthy of a higher court, and gaining reputation yearly in his profession. In the general election of 1912 Judge Griggs was elected to represent the One Hundred and Eleventh district in the state legislature, his district comprising the counties of Runnels and Coke. He is now serving in his capacity as representative, and gives promise of a praiseworthy career as a legislator.

Judge Griggs has always been a stanch Democrat, active and earnest in his endeavors for the forwarding of the best interests of the party, and a leader in local and county politics.

Socially, the Judge and his wife are popular and prominent in these parts. He is fraternally identified by his membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World. He is a member of the Baptist church, while his wife affiliates with the Methodists. He is clerk of the church and a member of the board of deacons, and as superintendent of the Sunday-school, his influence in his city has been an excellent one, potent and far-reaching and invaluable to the rising generation.

On October 11, 1904, Judge Griggs was married in Gatesville, Texas to Miss Betie Dickie, a daughter of J.R. and C.V. Dickie, of Gatesville. The mother of Mrs. Griggs died on January 10, 1908, and the father, a retired merchant of Gatesville, still survives. Three children have been born to Judge and Mrs. Griggs. The first born, a boy, is deceased, and the two remaining are Virginia Elizabeth, aged four, and Frances Eugenia, now two years of age.

Judge Griggs, it should be said, springs from a sturdy Scotch-Irish ancestry, but he manifests a deal of pardonable pride in his American birth and citizenship, and is glad of his claim to being the native son of Texas. No state in the Union surpasses his birth state in all the desirabilities, in his opinion, and he has proved his loyalty in no uncertain terms since he came to man's estate.

Source: A History of Texas and Texans by Frank W. Johnson, The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1914, ppg. 1208-9

Sketches and Memories of My Family by Robert Sledge Griggs

Family of Robert Sledge Griggs
Robert Sledge Griggs born: November 29, 1875 Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas
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marriage: 11 Oct 1904 Gatesville, Texas
parents: Dr. G.W. Griggs and Eugenia C. Jackson
Betie Dickie born:
died:
parents: J.R. and C.V. Dickie
Children
First born son Griggs born:
died: before 1914
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Viriginia Elizabeth Griggs born: ~ 1910
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Francis Eugenia Griggs born: ~ 1912
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