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- Take over operations of GRIFFIN Fuel Company, located in Tacoma. The business was started by his father, Frederick L. GRIFFIN. One of EDWIN GRIFFIN's strictest rules regarding business is that all trucks and mobile machinery operated by the Company receive the best possible care. No truck is left standing outside overnight, and fully staffed repair shops and garages are provide for complete service. EDWIN LEWIS GRIFFIN-Member of a family long known for its business leadership in Tacoma, late EDWIN LEWIS GRIFFIN played his individual part in building up the fuel oil industry. He had foresight to realize the growing importance of petroleum as fuel for domestic heating, and directed the course of a long-establish firm which his father had founded in the direction of satisfying this demand. He built up GRIFFIN Fuel Company to its present proportions during the quarter-century prior to his death, and brought the same organizational abilities and leadership to a number of local and regional groups of which he was a member. He was born in Tacoma on July 27 1908, the younger son of Fred L. And Ada GRIFFIN. In 1889, year Washington became a state, Fred GRIFFIN started his own business enterprise with a wagon and a team of horses, and one man on his payroll who was employed in felling trees. He cut considerable timber, much of it within the present limits of the city of Tacoma, and established a small wood yard at 15 and Dock streets. He also contracted his equipment for various types of hauling, and within short time, had to acquire ore teams and wagons to take care of increased business. With the acquisition of storage yard, he was able to add coal-mine in nearby strip mines-to his stock in trade. By 1903, a thriving business was in existence, known as GRIFFIN Transfer Company, of which he was sole owner and manager. He was also reputed to be his own hardest-working employee, often working with a saw and axe in yards after those on his payroll had completed their twelve-hour day. As the coal business became more important, firm was renamed GRIFFIN Fuel and Transfer Company. Wood and coal were sold in winter, and ice in summer; and a growing number of GRIFFIN teams and wagons were always at the disposal of homeowners or commercial customers for moving jobs. Fred GRIFFIN later added feed business to his operations. With the growth of the city and increased need for fuel, however, he gradually relinquished feed, transfer and ice operations and concentrated on sale of coal and wood. He was also a pioneer in regional experiment in the use of sawdust as fuel. The year 1919 marked a milestone in the history of GRIFFIN Fuel Company, with a much larger yard on Commerce Street functioning as an efficient fuel-handling operation. Wood, no longer plentiful in the city, was brought in on flat cars and automatically unloaded into modern storage bins.

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