|Emily Elizabeth Griffith was born on June 21, 1918, to Ernest Howard
and Maggie (Bush) Griffith, at Gouldbusk, joining sisters Dorothy Evelyn,
Bonnie Lee, Frances Ruth, and brother Ernest Howard, Jr. (affectionately
known as “Son”). Another sister, Helen Virginia was born five years
later, May 6, 1923. I was named for my paternal grandmother, Emily
Hunton Griffith (see A.D. Griffith).
Our daddy, coming to Gouldbusk in 1906, helped to get Busk’s first cotton
gin going, then got a job as rural mail carrier. There was a saying
aroung Busk, “If Mr. Ernest couldn’t cross the rain-swollen creeks or travel
the muddy roads, it couldn’t be done.” Relatives, friends, neighbors
and patrons honored him with a party when he retired after 44 years of
Our mother graduated from the Kings Daughters Hospital School of Nursing
in Temple, before her marriage to “Mr. Ernest.” In addition to caring
for a family of eight people, she was always willing to help nurse a sick
person in the neighborhood back to health. She assisted Dr. Spruiell
when needed. Although she was a member of the Church of Christ (there
wasn’t one in Busk) she taught Sunday School and was active in the Gouldbusk
Previous to marrying Maggie Bush, our father had been married to Maude
Griffith (a distant cousin) who died at the birth of Margaret (Griffith)
Gustafson. Margaret’s mother was the granddaughter of Angelina Elizabeth
Dickinson, the babe of the Alamo, about whom much was written in the history
of Texas. Margaret was raised by her grandparents, Almeron Dickinson
and Jessie (Freeman) Griffith.
(1) Dorothy, married C.B. Edwards, an Ag teacher at Mozelle High School
in 1935. They later moved to a ranch near Stephenville, where they
built a lovely home. Dorothy now lives in San Diego, California.
(2) Bonnie Lee, died at age 14 due to what may have been encephalitis
(3) Ruth, after working as a secretary in Abilene, married Elmer E.
Little. They have two children, Bonnie (Little) Martin and Robert,
now living in Houston. Bonnie and George live in Chicago, Illinois,
and have one child, Mary Michelle.
(4) Ernest, Jr., married his childhood sweetheart, Mildred Smith in
1938, and kept the Griffith name going by having two sons, Don and Leslie
Howard. We were saddened by the news of his death in 1961, while
on a fishing trip. Mildred has just recently passed on.
(5) Helen, after finishing school at Mozelle High School, went to Draughon’s
Business College in Abilene, then to Tarleton College at Stephenville.
She worked at Sears in Dallas, Cox-Hunter-Hall and for the late Sol B.
Estes, M.D. in Abilene for five years. She is now living in San Diego.
(6) Emily graduated from Gouldbusk High and attended Draughon’s Business
College to become a secretary. About 1 1/2 years later, I married
James Brooks Wade of Abilene, where we lived before moving to San Diego.
We were both employed at Consolidated Aircraft during WW II. Our
marriage was blessed with four sons: Brooks Howard, who married Rita
Louise Edwards, now lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with their two daughters,
Kirsten Ashley and Cara Alison. Carl Norman, married Katherine Louise Thomas,
now living in Abilene, with their two daughters, Monica Monique and Autumn
Marissa. Dennis James, married Sharron Perkins, now lives in El Dorado
Hills, California with their three children, Tyler James, Sarah Kay, and
Heather Louise. Andrew Ernest is a bachelor, living with his father
in Abilene, and works for I. A. Parmer Oil Company. James and I were
divorced in 1971. I have spent the last ten years going to Grossmont
College in El Cajon, California, receiving my Associate Art Degree in art
in May, 1982. At present, I am doing Indian-related pottery and teaching
pottery at the Girl’s Club in El Cajon.
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Top: James [Jimmy] Wade, Wilfreda, Wilfred and Margaret [Griffith]
Gustafson, Dorothy [Griffith] Edwards, Helen Griffith, Mildred [Smith]
Griffith, Elmer Little, wife Ruth, sitting in front of him; bottom: Emily
[Griffith] Wade, Ernest Howard Griffith, Sr., Ernest Howard, Jr., Maggie
[Bush] Griffith, and their grandchildren, Bonnie [Little] Martin, Robert
"Bob" Little, Brooks Howard Wade, Carl Norman Wade, Dennis Wade and Andrew
Ernest Wade, Don and Leslie Griffith.