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Grinnell Lore

Stories about famous and infamous Grinnells.

Glacier National Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:04

Here's a short video on the location of our 2013 GFA reunion: Glacier National Park! It goes into the origins of the park and the involvement of George Bird Grinnell, among others, in getting the park established.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 March 2012 01:24 )
New Bedford Research Bonanza PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Monday, 26 March 2012 23:23

New GFA member Jonathan Caldwell (GFA #744) passed on this terrific link of a large slideshow presented by James Grinnell at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in October, 2011.

"The Grinnells & Howlands", presentation by James Grinnell

This presentation consisted of 185 slides telling the story of the Grinnell and Howland families of New Bedford, and their familial and business relationships over the years, and in so doing has put together the largest collection of information on these amazing and prosperous families. The online slideshow suffers from some performance glitches, as well as the erroneous adherence to 1931's Ancestry of the Grinnell Family by William M. Emery, which perpetuated the incorrect link to the French Grenelle family (something which was disproved in the late 1980s by several researchers, and whose British origins were validated by Jane Fiske of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society in the January, 1993 issue of The Register). That aside, the story of the New Bedford Grinnell and Howland families from the mid 1700s through the early 20th century, is well-documented from period Massachusetts newspapers, as well as the old gray lady herself, the New York Times.

This presentation is a must-see for anyone who is even remotely interested in the New Bedford Grinnell and Howland families, and certainly mandatory for anyone doing serious research on these families.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 March 2012 23:59 )
Grinnell Genealogical Mystery Solved! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:33

After goodness knows how many years, a great Grinnell mystery has been solved!

Back in the 1970s through the early 1980s, Ed W. (Medina) Grinnell, Richard W. Grinnell, Mable Grennell McMahon, and a “cast of thousands” researched and provided input of their family lineage for the first truly comprehensive Grinnell genealogy ever published. Past editions, including Emery’s volume Ancestry of the Grinnell Family (1931, Privately Printed), and even GFA founder Wiley B. Grinnell’s (GFA #1) book 500 Years of Grinnells published privately in the late 1970s only covered the descendants of Matthew Greenell’s son (known as Grenelle at the time) Daniel (1636-1709). It was only through additional research by a number of individuals that lines descending from Matthew’s other sons were discovered. First was Thomas’ (1630-?) progeny, if he had any. This could be a researcher’s bonanza someday. The other was Matthew Jr. (1630-1705).

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 May 2013 10:34 )
David Grinnell, Pulp Science Fiction Writer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 22 May 2011 00:35

The 1950s were a big time for science fiction writers. Scores of writers took the emerging technologies of the day and adopted them into wild and fantastic stories of space travel, life on other worlds, robots, and so much more.

One such author was David Grinnell, who wrote titles like Across Time, Edge of Time, The Martian Missle, Destiny’s Orbit, and many others. The thing is, David Grinnell was a pseudonym for prolific science fiction editor and author Donald Allen Wollheim (1914-1990).

According to an article on Wikipedia:

"it was Wollheim who, in 1965, exploited a loophole in international copyright law to publish an unauthorized Ace edition of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien in three volumes — the first mass-market paperback edition of Tolkien’s epic. Wollheim did not intend to pay Tolkien royalties. Wollheim was probably aware that Ace would face legal action as a result but gambled that sales of the pirate edition would be high enough to offset any legal losses. Ace were forced to cease publishing the unauthorised edition following a grass-roots campaign by Tolkien’s US fans and make a rather nominal payment to Tolkien."

These old Ace paperbacks are quite collectible and are often found when doing searches for Grinnell on eBay.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 May 2011 00:45 )
New York City's Grinnell Apartment Building PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marj Murray   
Saturday, 21 May 2011 23:55

Opening up the newspaper on a leisurely Sunday morning in New York usually doesn't bring many surprises, one would think. Perhaps it was a pleasant one for Alexander Grinnell (#166) to come across an article about the Grinnell Apartment Building at Riverside Drive and 157th Street. Being an architect, prominent buildings in the city's history would catch his eye anyway. But there it is again that Grinnell name that makes us look twice at what we see (or hear on TV-as reported in the previous newsletter).

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:14 )
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