NameCharles Valentine Grisso, Grandfather
Birth14 Feb 1884, Laketon, Wabash Co., Indiana
Death15 Jul 1966, Wabash, Wabash Co., Indiana
Burial19 Jul 1966, Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, Wabash Co., Indiana
Marriage5 Sep 1925, Sidney, Kosciusko Co., Indiana
SpouseOple Mae Figert, Grandmother
Birth20 Mar 1906, Wabash Co., Indiana
Death23 May 1981, Wabash, Wabash Co., Indiana
Burial27 May 1981, Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, Wabash Co., Indiana
Birth10 Aug 1926, Sidney, Kosciusko Co., Indiana
Death18 Apr 1996, Wabash Co., Indiana
Birth27 Sep 1927, Sidney, Kosciusko Co., Indiana
Death27 Sep 1927, Sidney, Kosciusko Co., Indiana
Notes for Charles Valentine Grisso
On both of his marriage applications, Charles listed his occupation as "harness maker", a trade he learned from his father. As the demand for harnesses decreased, however, his leather working shop was converted to mostly shoe repair, beltmaking and other cobblery. He served as a sheriff's deputy for Kosciusko Co. for a period of time, but in quiet rural Sydney this was a part time occupation. By the time my mother was in high school, he was in his late sixties, and working as the janitor at Sydney High.
Wabash Co. Death Certificate Bk 18809, p. 95, line 842, lists Charles Valentine Grisso, harness maker, b. 14 Feb 1884 in Indiana, father Adam, mother Julia Ann Huffman; d. 15 July 1966, age 82, in Pleasant View Nursing Home.
The Social Security death index lists Charles Grisso, b. 14 Feb 1884, d. July 1966, SSN 316-34-3772 issued in Indiana, last residence Wabash, IN.
Notes for Ople Mae Figert
Her obituary and death certificate have her first name spelled as "Opal", but she and her children always spelled it as "Ople." I have copies of several letters, etc., in which she signed her name "Ople." It also appears that way on her marriage license and birth certificate. Someone responsible for the death records and newspaper notices may have "corrected" the spelling of her name to match that of the gemstone.
Wabash Co. Birth records list Ople May Grisso b. 20 Mar 1906, father Walter Figert age 23, mother Pearl Grisso age 19.
The Social Security death index lists Opale Grisso, b. 20 Mar 1906, d. May 1981, SSN 307-70-0208 issued in Indiana, last residence North Manchester, IN.
Wabash Co. Death Certificate in Bk 1981, p. 32, line 280 lists Opal Mae Grisso, father Walter Figert, mother Pearl Grisso, d. 23 May 1981, age 75, in Wabash Co. Hosp. (Her date of death was mistakenly written into the space for birth date, as well as the space for death date.)