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Esther Ellen (Griswold) LOY and Harry Clifford LOY

Esther Ellen (Griswold) LOY and Harry Clifford LOY

(married May 12, 1924 Guthrie, Oklahoma)

Submitted by: Angela Loy

Harry Clifford LOY

Harry Clifford LOY'S parents were Robert L. LOY and Clara M. SMITH. He was born in Effingham IL March 8, 1896 and died May 2, 1938.

Harry C. LOY and his brother Arlin T. LOY owned the LOY'S Hardware Store on Oklahoma Ave., which they bought from E.L. HIRSCHI 16 years after 1889.

Harry C. LOY was also a member of the Guthrie City Council until his unexpected death at 42.

Esther Ellen (GRISWOLD) LOY

Esther's parents were William Sherman Tecumseh GRISWOLD and Rhoda Jane "Jennie" CREWSE.

She was born in Wichita, KS on June 18, 1898 and died April 9,1981.

The LOY and GRISWOLD Families

Crewse and Griswold and McMullens

by Angela Loy

Robert Lorenzo LOY was born in 1854 in Effingham, Illinois. His father, Thomas Loy, died when Robert was a child I have, with much kind help from Delores Walls, been able to trace the Loy family back to Martin Loy who came to America from Germany in 1741.
The Complete Loy History (By Delores Walls) can be found at http://www.fortunecity.com/millenium/paddington/63/index.html)
In the 1880 Effingham, Illinois census, Robert was living with his brother David's widow Emma and his brother Thomas and Thomas' wife Anna. Robert married Clara SMITH in 1881, and in 1900 lived in Effingham. He attended and taught at Loy School in Effingham, Illinois. His occupation was in the hardware and then grocery business in Effingham.
In 1910 there was a fever to go to Oklahoma. Many people from Effingham migrated to Oklahoma around this time. Some went to Antlers, Oklahoma, such as the Kincaids (descended from Robert's uncle James Edward Loy) and the sons of Thomas S. Loy (son of Robert's uncle Joseph C. Loy) and Bryan McCallen (descendant of Robert's aunt Sarah Loy Gillespie/McKinnon).
The children of Robert LOY and Clara SMITH LOY are:
    Arlin F. LOY (lived in Guthrie, Oklahoma and died in 1964)
    Vorhess M. LOY lived in Effingham, Ill. and died in ca 1902 (killed by a train)
    Ruby LOY (born 1887 Effingham, Ill. and lived in Enid Oklahoma)
    Clyde LOY (born 1889 Effingham, Ill. and died 1972 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
    Robert Leo LOY (died ca 1986)
    Paul Prentice LOY (born 1893 Effingham, Ill. died 1974 Shawnee, Oklahoma)
    Harry Clifford LOY (born 1896 Effingham, Ill. died 1938 Guthrie, Oklahoma)
Harry Clifford LOY married Esther Ellen GRISWOLD in 1924 in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
With the Help of the Griswold Family Assocation, and with many thanks to Coralee Griswold, I was able to trace the GRISWOLD line back to 1620.
Griswold Family Association http://www.griswoldfamily.org/
William Sherman Tecamusha GRISWOLD was born in Lerado, Ohio 1865. He was the son of Levi GRISWOLD and Esther GRANGER. He married Rhoda Jane CREWSE 1892 in Conway Springs, Sumner, Kansas.
William GRISWOLD and Rhoda CREWSE GRISWOLD had three children:
     James Levi born 1893 Conway Springs, Sumner County, Kansas died 1974 Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma. He married Bonnie NELSON 1915 Guthrie, Oklahoma.
    Esther Ellen, born 1898 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas died 1981 Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma. She married Harry Clifford LOY
    Betty Rhoda Charlotte GRISWOLD born 1902 Guthrie, Oklahoma. She married (1) Jack KOEN (2) Earnest E. OFFEN
Harry Clifford Loy, at 21 years of age, enlisted in the AIR SERVICE FLYING SCHOOL in December 1917 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and did his tour of duty at A.S.T.S. Kelly Air Field in San Antonio, Texas and was given an Honorable discharge in 1918 earned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, Air Service (Aeronautics).

June 18, 1924
Married June 18 1924
Mr. Harry LOY married To Miss Esther GRISWOLD
Miss Esther GRISWOLD daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. GRISWOLD and Mr. Harry LOY, son of Mr. R. L. LOY were married at the home of the bride in the presence of a few friends and relatives last week. The Rev. J.W. KILBORN preformed the marriage ceremony. Immediately following Mr. and Mrs. LOY left for a trip to Galveston, Texas.
Miss Esther GRISWOLD daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. GRISWOLD and Mr. Harry LOY son of Mr. R. L. LOY were married last evening in the presence of a few friends and relatives.
The bride was attired in a honeydew colored gorgette and was attended by her sister Miss Betty GRISWOLD. The groom was attired in the conventional black and attended by Mr. Ernest MORITZ. The Reverned J. W. Kilborn performed the marriage ceremony before an altar flanked with baskets of gladioli .
Following the ceremony the bride cut and served her own wedding cake with the ice course. Immediately following, Mr. and Mrs. LOY left for a trip to Galveston, Texas.
The guests included Mr. and Mrs. James LONG, Mrs. Marie JOHNSON of West Frankfort, Illinois, Mrs. Stella E. PARHAM, Mrs.Levi GRISWOLD of Cushing, Miss Frances SCOVIL and Miss Nell J. DILLBERG of Oklahoma City, Mrs. W. S. GRISWOLD, Miss Betty GRISWOLD and Mr. Ernest MORITZ.
Shower for Recent Bride:
Misses Frances and Mary SCOVIL entertained with a miscellaneous shower Saturday evening in honor of Mrs. Harry LOY a recent bride.
Mrs. LOY received many beautiful gifts. The evening was spent in playing Five Hundred. The high score was made by Mrs. MITCHELL and low by Miss HARRIS.
Latter in the evening an ice course was served to the following guests, Mrs. Wayne HADLEY of Dallas, Texas, Miss Grace DeMOTTE of Norman, Mrs. Kenneth MITCHELL of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Swain AUSTIN, Mrs. Paul FIELDING, Mrs. Aurthur, Mrs. James LONG, the Misses Lillie and Opal JOHNSON, May McGOLDRICK, Betty GRISWOLD and Virgil HARRIS.
Shower For Recent Bride
A group of friends gathered at the home of Mrs. W. S.GRISWOLD last evening and gave a miscellaneous shower for Mrs. Harry LOY a recent bride.
Many lovely gifts were presented Mrs. LOY. The evening was spent informally.
An ice course was served to Mesdames W. J. BURNS, James LONG, H. B. MOORE, H. J. BRYAN, Chester MICHAELS, C. L. PARHAM, M. GLOVER, EDMUNDSON, J. NELSON, BLANCH, WALTON, C. F. COTTERAL, Frank LOY, and the Misses Betty GRISWOLD and Vivan PARHAM.
Newlyweds Treated To A Joy Ride:
Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Harry LOY newlyweds gave them an impromptu party last night, which culminated in a grand parade over the main thoroughfares of the city. Twenty carloads of young folks headed and followed the mule-propelled cart. Upon whose rickety seats were perched the disconsolate couple. The charivari party was gay and the bells attached to the mule cart gave forth load, if not melodious jazz. It was a ride the newlyweds will always remember.
Harry Loy took the Hardware business over from E. L.Hirschi.

1923 Guthrie City Directory, Pg 84
  • LOY, HARRY prop Loy Hdw Co. 106 W Oklahoma Ph 62 h 419 N Division
  • LOY, ARLIN T (Eulah) mgr. Loy Hdw Co. r 618 Warner Ph 879-J
  • LOY HARDWARE COMPANY 106 W Oklahoma Ph 62 Harry Loy prop
  • 1926 Guthrie City Directory, PG 114
  • LOY ARLIN T (Eula; Loy Hardware Co.) h 511 E Cleveland
  • LOY HARDWARE CO (ARLIN T, Harry C. and Robert L. Loy) Hardware and House Furnishings 106 W Oklahoma av Phone 62
  • LOY HARRY C (Esther; Loy Hardware Co) h 408 E Vilas av
  • LOY ROBERT L (Loy Hardware Co.) r 408 E Vilas av
  • 1930 Guthrie City Directory, PG 107 and 108
  • LOY Arlin T (Ulah: Loy Hardware Co) h 924 E Cleveland av
  • LOY Hardware Co (Arlin T. Harry C and Robt L Loy) 106 W Oklahoma
  • LOY Harry C (Esther; Loy Hardware Co) h 5 Park Pl
  • LOY ROBT L (Loy Hardware Co) h 5 Park Place
  • 1939 Guthrie City Directory
  • LOY Arlin T (Ulah E.) (Loy Hsw) city councilman h 924 E Clevland P 1234
  • LOY Esther G. (wid. Harry) cash Loy Hdw h 314 N Capitol Ph 661
  • LOY Hardware (A. T. Loy) 106 W Oklahoma Ph 62
  • LOY Richd W slsm Loy Hdw r 924 E Cleveland Ph 1234
  • LOY Hardware Co (Arlin T. Harry C. Robt L.) 106 W Oklahoma Av

  • City Pays Tribute to Harry Loy
    Funeral Rites at 4.30 P.M. Today; Masons Will Conduct Services at Cemetery
    Funeral services for Harry Loy, prominent Guthrie merchant and city councilman, were to be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the First Methodist church.
    Guthrie business were preparing to close at 4 p.m. as requested by Mayor R.A. Estus, in a final tribute to Mr. Loy.
    The Guthrie businessman died shortly before midnight Saturday in an Oklahoma City hospital after an illness of about a week.
    Rev. Forrest Flelda pastor of the First Methodist church was announced as officiating pastor for the services, which will be under the direction of the Davis Funeral home.
    Lodge to conduct rites
    Active pallbearers will be close business associates of Mr. Loy. Mayor Estus, members of the city council and other city officials and businessmen have been designated as honorary pallbearers.
    The Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 162 A. F. and A. M. will conduct special services at Summit View cemetery, where burial will be.
    Wife - Son among Survivors
    Survivors of Mr. Loy include the widow Mrs. Esther Loy and Harry Griswold Loy Jr. a 13 year old son ; four brothers A.T. Loy, with whom Mr. Loy had been associated in the hardware business here for 17 years, Dr. C. F. Loy an Oklahoma City physician, R. L. Loy superintendent of the Oklahoma City General hospital and Paul Loy Shawnee lease broker and one sister Mrs. Homer Crawford, Enid.
    Active Pall Bearers are:  Harold Cook, Jack Moore, Homer Hiruel, A. O. Dibbens E. W. Mortis, J. W. Rickell, John Clatchell and Merie O. Smith.
    Honorary Pall bearers
    Claude Sturgeon, Doyle Henricks, Noel Datin, S.A. Huffatutler, Paul Fielding, City Manager John Hamill County Engineer Sidney Ewing City councilmen John Claffney, Chester Damon, Ted Harman, O. H. Hurst and Mac Peeler and Estus.
    Was in Air Service
    Harry Loy moved here to establish a hardware business with his brother shortly after the World War. During the World War Mr. Loy a pilot himself was an instructor at Rockwell Field in California.
    Prior to that he resided in Shawnee where he graduated from High School.
    Mr. Loy was prominent in civic as well as business circles in Guthrie. On April 6 ,1937 he received 1308 votes in his election to the city council for the third consecutive term. Mr. Loy tied with Mayor Estus in receiving the largest number of votes.
    Declined Honor
    It is customary for the city council to select the member receiving the highest number of votes in the city election as Mayor. Over Estus protests Mr. Loy declared that the administration had enjoyed a successful term and he was not a candidate for Mayor.
    Mr. Loy was past president of the Guthrie Lions Club and past master of the Guthrie Albert Pike Lodge No 162 A. F. A. M. He was also a member of the Oklahoma Consistory, the American legion and the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce. He was 42 years old.
    Stricken Suddenly
    Mr. Loy's death was unexpected. He became ill after a tooth was extracted April 23rd. Developing a severe blood stream infection Loy was rushed to an Oklahoma City hospital Wednesday.
    Other complications set in and Thursday Night the stricken Guthrie man lost consciousness. He died at 11.45 p.m. Saturday after physicians had despaired of saving his life.
    Robert L. Loy, 83 pioneer resident of Shawnee and father of Paul P. Loy, 2102 North Bread St., died in a Guthrie Hospital at 6 o'clock Wednesday morning following a stroke and paralysis Dec 11.
    Loy, a retired merchant here, moved from Shawnee in 1918. He was born in Illinois in 1853. Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the First Methodist Church in Guthrie. Graveside services will be held at Fairview cemetery here at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
    Other relatives include a daughter Mrs. Homer Crawford, of Enid, four sons A. T. Loy Harry C. Loy of Guthrie, C. F. Loy and R. L. Loy from Oklahoma City, and nine grandchildren.
    Funeral services for Arlin T. Loy, Guthrie one time resident of Shawnee will be held this morning. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at Fairview cemetery in Shawnee.
    Rev. Wendell Patterson Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate at graveside services.
    Loy, who had been in failing health for several weeks died Monday while at the home of his son Dr. William Loy of Pawhuska.
    He is survived by his wife of the home address and two sons Drs. Richard and William Loy both of Pawhuska.
    Local relatives are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Loy, 2102 N. Beard and Robert M. Hurd, Jr. 1720 Broadway. Other survivors include two brothers R. L. Loy and Dr. C. F. Loy and a sister Mrs. Homer Crawford all of Oklahoma City.
    Harry Clifford Loy served on the Guthrie City Council until his death in 1938. He died from blood posining from an abcessed tooth.
    May 1st 1938
    A man has been called from his labors
    While engaged in a fruitful life
    And leaves behind his neighbors,
    A son and loving wife.
    No, he leaves us a challenge
    As we march down the road of fate
    To live as he lived among us.
    With our hope of reward as great.
    God walks in his garden of flowers
    And looks about for the best
    To place in a heavenly bower
    And there for eternity rest
    So the rest of us laboring here
    May look at the glittering stars
    And see through the mist of our fears
    The good things in life as they are
    Oh, how weak and how trustless are we
    Thinking only from day to day
    If we only had a vision to see
    The reward only fellowship pays
    For he had the gift of true friendship
    Alike to his fellow men,
    And although we search through this vale of sorrow
    We'll find no one just like him again.
    Signed CEB
    From the 1903 Western Star Newspaper in Lerado, Ohio
    Samuel Griswold from New York. Elizabeth Hoffman New Jersey until 8 years old.
    Levi Griswold born in Wayne Township of Clarmont Co. Ohio on April 29, 1829, married October 9,1852 (a farmer) in Lerado, Ohio also for 21 years member of the Lerado school board township trustee for 3 terms. Justice of the peace for 3 years and a member of Company 3 153rd. O.V.I. was in the skirmish at Hancock Station, VA. (He was a Yankee). A life long Republican his first vote was for Abraham Lincoln.
    His wife Esther Granger born Oct. 14,1834 near Lerado, Ohio. Her father from New York to Ohio and mother Catherine A. Glenn from New, Jersey. They had 6 sons 2 daughters:
       George W. a merchant
         Frank M. a farmer near Lerado
         Charles H. a lumber dealer at Somerset, Kentucky
         W. Sherman employee of the Santa Fe Railroad from Guthrie Oklahoma
         Albert W. head clerk at Ulrey Bros. dry goods store of Georgetown, Ohio
         Edward E. the baby manager of a large store in Lerado
         Martha A. (married A. P. Kellum or Keltum)
         Fidella (married Joseph Louis a farmer in Lerado)
    They had 26 living Grandchildren and 2 dead
    This is the web site this makes my connection with Crewse and Griswold and McMullen.
    Todd's Slice of the Web by Todd Marshell: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/5283/index.htm
    William Sherman was my great grand father and his wife was Rhoda Jane (Jennie) CREWSE we all called her Nannie.
    They owned a Hamburger stand and also a fruit and vegetable stand in Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma.
    Betty had one son named Sherman Koen who died in his 20's and stepchildren by Offen.
    Esther Ellen Griswold, was born in 1898 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. She was the daughter of William Sherman Tecamusha GRISWOLD and Rhoda Jane CREWSE.
    She died 1981 at the age of 82 in Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma and is buried with her husband Harry Loy in Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
    They had one child Harry G. Loy.

    Guthrie City Directory 1923, Pg. 60
  • GRISWOLD W S (Jennie) Ry emp. r 405 E Springer Ph 821
  • GRISWOLD, ESTHER steno r 405 E.Springer Ph 821
  • GRISWOLD, BETTIE tchr h 405 E Springer Ph 821
  • GRISWOLD, J. L. (Bonnie) Ry emp r 405 E Springer pH 821
  • 1926 Guthrie City Directory, Pg. 84
  • GRISWOLD Wm. S (Jennie) confr 105 E Harrison av h 405 E Springer Av
  • 1930 Guthrie City Directory, Pg. 86
  • GRISWOLD Wm. S (Jennie) confr 105 E Harrison av h 405 E Springer Av
  • 1939 Guthrie City Directory Pg # missing
  • Griswold Confectionery Stand (W S Griswold) 105 E Harrison
  • Griswold Fruit & Grocery Market (W S Griswold) 109 E Harrison
  • GRISWOLD Wm S (Jennie) (Griswold Confry. Stand & Fruit & Gro. Mkt.) h 405 E Springer Ph 922
  • 1926 Guthrie City Directory, Pg 108
  • KOEN Jack H ( Betty ) Coca Cola Bottling Co) h 405 E Springer av
  • KOEN John H ( Myrtle) Coca-Cola Bottling Co) h 314 W Oklahoma av

  • In the Summit View cemetery book:
    Harry C. Loy b 1896 d 5-2-1938. He is buried in blk 7 lot no 109. This is not a military stone, but engraved on it is "Air Service". It is unknown whether it was military or civilian service.
    Esther G. Loy b 1898 d 4-9-1981. She is buried in blk 7 lot no 109. Eastern Star Emblem engraved on stone.
    Bonnie Nelson Griswold b 1893 died 12-5-1985. She is in Blk 7 lot no 110. She also has an Eastern Star Emblem engraved on her stone.
    James Levi Griswold b 1893 died 1-8-1974. He is in Blk 7 lot 110. Lot card reads James Lewis Griswold. Mason Emblem engraved on stone.
    Rhoda Jane Griswold b 1867 died 1956. She is in blk 7 lot no 110. Eastern Star Emblem engraved on Stone.
    William S. Griswold b 1865 died 1-22-1943. He is in blk 7 lot no 110. Masonic Emblem engraved on stone. Stone reads William Sherman Griswold.
    Betty G. Koen Offen b Nov 1, 1902 died Jan 10,1984. She is in Blk 7 lot 110.
    Ernest E. Offen b Nov 14, 1892 died Jan 31, 1969. He is in blk 36 lot 89.

    Typed from the original that was in Esther Griswold Loy's belonging's when she died.
    Declaration for duplicate Land Warrant
    The State of Ohio Clniton County-ss
    On this 6th day of March AD. 1888 personally appeared before me R. M.
    Rilia, Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State. Catherine
    Scott a resident of West Woodville, Claremont County Ohio of lawful age
    Who being duly sworn according to law says in relation to Bounty-Land
    claims No 74.785-120-55 of Oliver Griswold for Service Rendered during
    the war of 1812 and was credited to Some Regiment of New York as follows:
    I am a daughter of said Oliver Griswold I will be 71 years old April 1888
    consequently I was thirty-eight years old at the time of my fathers death
    which occurred on the 18th day of September 1855. Prior to his death he
    made application for and was granted a land warrant which failed to reach
    him prior to his death, but was sent to his address and in his name to
    Woodville or West Woodville, Clermont County, Ohio Post Office but Not
    reaching there until after my fathers death, the then Postmaster at that
    place refused to deliver the same to his family or any member thereof
    But returned It to the General Post Office Dept. I will further State
    that there are no other Children of his now living but myself Catherine
    Scott(nee Griswold) and Annie Neuffman (nee Griswold) and I make this
    application for duplicate land Warrant for myself and said Annie Neuffman
    In lien of land warrant Issued to Oliver Griswold Dec-d
    I further say that I have not aided or abetted the late-Rebellion
    signed Katherine Scott
    Sworn to and subpoenaed before me by the above named Catherine Scott this
    6th day of March 1888 I hereby certify that I read the forgoing declaration
    or application before she signed it I have no interest in this case
    signed R. M. Rillea J.P.
    (certificate on file in pension office)

    Information on James CREWS
    James Crews
    Birth Date: August 08, 1818 in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana
    Death Date: November 22, 1881 in Sumner, Kansas
    Parents: Ellison Crews and Sarah Gillespie
    Married: Rhoda McMullen on August 03, 1851 in Monroe Co., Iowa
    James Crews, born at Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana was of English descent, a religious man, member of the Christian church. After his father Ellison Crews died, his mother Sarah and three sons, James, Ellison and William Crews moved to Monroe County, Iowa where they are listed in the 1850 US census. James was married here and all of their children were born in Iowa.
    In 1877 the family moved west in a covered wagon, 608 miles, and settled on a school section near Austin, Sumner County, Kansas. James Crews came home ill from work one day. Rhoda helped him to bed and sent for a doctor. He did not regain consciousness and died of a stroke in 1881, age 63 years. James and neighbors laid out the Austin, Kansas cemetery and received burial lots for the work so when he died he had a home to go to.
    Rhoda, for whatever reason, was 48 when James died, sent her youngest daughter Dollie Ellen Crews back to Iowa to live with her first cousin Sarah Jane McBride who married Isaac Elder. Dollie lived there four years before going back to Kansas.
    Source: Crews Family Record by James Holloway (1988)
    The children of James and Rhoda are:
    Name Birth Death
         Sarah Jan 1854 ?
         Mary Ann Jan 24, 1857 Apr 10, 1897
         James Ellison Jul 25, 1858 Dec 26, 1915
         John Ezra Jul 25, 1858 1933
         Nancy Emily Dec 02, 1860 Aug 25, 1936
         George Marion Nov 07, 1862 May 27, 1911
         Lydia Arilla Jan 1864 ?
         Rhoda Jane Nov 16, 1867 1956
         Dollie Ellen Sep 25, 1870 Feb 10, 1958

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