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Ileta V. Grinnell (1924-2016) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marjorie Murray   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 23:41

Marjorie Murray reports that she just received the obituary of the late Ileta V. Grinnell, widow of the late James L. Grinnell, the former genealogist and co-founder of the GFA, whose countless contributions to the Association were and are still so much appreciated. It came in from cousin Robert Grinnell, also of Hot Springs AR. Thanks Bob.

Ileta V. Grinnell

This article was published June 12, 2016 at 4:00 a.m., in the Hot Springs Village (AR) Voice.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- On April 10, 2016, Ileta V. Grinnell passed away peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 91, while a resident at Good Samaritan of HSV.

Born June 29, 1924, in Hammond, Ind., as the only child of Anthony and Mabel D. (Hutchison) Mayer, she became a surgical nurse in the same hospital where she was born. She loved nursing and had fond memories of being a camp nurse, where she made fudge for the kids. While working in Chicago, she joined the Methodist Church in the "Chapel in the Sky" at The Chicago Temple. It was there she met and married James L. Grinnell. In 1986, Jim retired from ABC and they moved to Hot Springs Village.

Ileta had a lifelong hobby of collecting postcards. She traveled to conventions and her 50,000-card collection had some that were very unique. She was active in the Methodist Church and very fond of all kitties, especially their Felix.

Ileta was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by Jim's niece, Barbara Vargason, who was very special to her, and Barbara's son, Paul. She is also survived by her dear friend, Sue Wilson, who saw to her needs for the last 12 years. Ileta had many caring care givers and remained good friends with Love Rotalsky.

We want to thank all the staff of Arkansas Hospice and Good Samaritan for the exceptional care given to Ileta and the help given to Sue. We also want to thank Bill Brusenhan, who assisted Ileta and Sue with all things financial.

Per Ileta's request, there will be no public services. Donations may be made to Arkansas Hospice.

From Webmaster Larry Grinnell: Ileta was also incredibly generous to the GFA, leaving a substantial gift in excess of $20,000. The GFA Board of Directors will be meeting later this summer to discuss this amazing gift and how to make the best use of it.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 June 2016 00:03 )
Bruce Grinnell, GFA Attorney and Director, Retiring; Replacement Sought PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Monday, 15 February 2016 01:41

Bruce D. Grinnell, GFA member number 84, has submitted his resignation as GFA Director. Bruce was instrumental in many major events in the GFA's history, including its incorporation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Rhode Island, getting the first by-laws written and approved, and perhaps most importantly, managed a cross-continent prosecution of a former GFA president and treasurer who, back in 1997, embezzled the GFA treasury to the tune of over $12,000. The former president was found guilty and convicted of the crimes.

Bruce established a working relationship with the Rhode Island law firm Corcoran Peckham Hayes & Galvin PC, who rewrote and updated our corporate by-laws a few years ago. This same firm has, for many years, taken care of the initial paperwork required for the annual filing of our non-profit corporation status paperwork with the State of Rhode Island.

We thank Bruce for his over 35 years of service to the GFA, and wish him a happy retirement.

This also means that the GFA is looking for a new attorney, preferably a Grinnell descendant, to serve as a director and legal advisor to the all volunteer GFA Board of Directors. Please contact GFA president David R. Grinnell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are willing to take on this task.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2016 02:01 )
Scott Meyer, 72, Great-Great-Grandnephew of George Bird Grinnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 13:26

From the Poughkeepsie Journal

Millbrook - Scott Meyer of Millbrook, NY, passed peacefully on Sunday, July 19 at The Kent in Connecticut, after a 3 1/2 year battle with melanoma. He was born January 11, 1954 in Sharon, CT, son of the late Barbara and Schuyler M. Meyer Jr. He attended Dutchess Day School, graduating from Millbrook School (1973) and Franklin Pierce College in Rindge NH (1977), where he received a BA in Elementary Education/Archeology/Biology as an Independent Major. He graduated cum laude with honors in Elementary Education. He has described himself as a constant learner through voracious reading, and especially loved the history of science and technology. He had a genuine love always, of working with students. Scott wholeheartedly embraced each community in which he lived. Upon graduating from college he continued to teach elementary education (4-6th grade) for seven years in MA, first at the Winchendon School System, then at Applewild, a private school in Fitchburg MA. While teaching in Winchendon, he gathered interested students, as an extracurricular activity, to explore the world of archeology, and then brought the students at year's end to ply their skills in the backyard of his family farm in Millbrook. Coaching youth sports was one of Scott's passions, but especially soccer. He held a U.S. Soccer Federation coaching license. While teaching in Winchendon MA, Scott created a start-up program as the town's Director of Recreation (1977-1980), founding the Winchendon Soccer Association (1977-1981). In 1982-83, he coached All Star soccer, Central MA, for boys under 19 and girls under 16. In 1980 he became a certified coach for Special Olympic Soccer, something for which he was very proud. His goal, always, in coaching youth, was to work with each member of the team with a goal of bringing joy and enthusiasm to the game.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 February 2016 14:05 )
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Craftsmen Working in Colonial America and the New Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 17:53

by David L. Grinnell (GFA #95)

Three generations of the Dominy family of East Hampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York functioned as craftsmen from ca. 1760 to ca. 1850. Nathaniel Dominy IV (1737-1812) was a woodworker and metalworker producing tall case clocks, furniture, and repairing thousands of pocket watches. His son, Nathaniel Dominy V (1770-1852) practiced all forms of woodworking. His activity included work as a furniture joiner, millwright, house carpenter, cooper, and supplier of agricultural tools to farmers in East Hampton township – Sag Harbor to Montauk. Nathaniel V’s son, Felix Dominy (1800-1868) was trained to be a clock and watchmaker. He worked primarily as a maker of tall case clocks and repairer of pocket watches over a short time span of ca. 1815 to 1828 when technological unemployment forced him to forego craft activity and take a job as keeper of the Fire Island lighthouse.

Direct descendants of the Dominy craftsmen kept together and preserved the craftsmen’s shop equipment, tools, and manuscript material on their original site until 1946 thus preserving the only complete record of craftsmen working in colonial America and the New Republic.

The Dominy Craftsmen Collection will contain a revised and enlarged digital edition of With Hammer in Hand by Charles F. Hummel; the extensive collection of Dominy family manuscript material in the Joseph Downs Manuscript and Printed Ephemera Collection, Winterthur Library, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware; a video-taped lecture about the Dominy craftsmen; and a brief description of books owned by the craftsmen and members of their families.

(The Dominy Craftsmen Collection

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 January 2016 18:09 )
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GFA Announces New Officers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 05 September 2015 16:41

At the recent Grinnell Family Association reunion, held at New Bedford, MA this past July, the board met and selected officers for the upcoming year (effective immediately). More details soon:


  • David R. Grinnell, President & Archivist
  • Lawrence J. Grinnell, Vice-president, Secretary, Webmaster & Genealogy Committee
  • Marjorie Grinols Murray, Vice-president, Newsletter Editor & Genealogy Chair
  • Catherine Franczek, Treasurer


  • Bruce D. Grinnell, Legal
  • Sue Grinnell Wilson, Membership Chair
  • Dr. Richard Burroughs III
  • Donald L. Grinnell
  • Laura G. Prescott

Immediate Past President

  • Kathleen L. G. Asbury

More details soon

Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 October 2017 07:28 )
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