Born: June 28, 1848, Portland, Indiana.
Died: July 13, 1926, Seattle, Washington.
Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport, Indiana.
William was the husband of Nancy J. Booth.
He grew up in College Corners, Indiana (near Portland), and served in the army during the closing days of the American civil war.
After the war, he attended Liber College, Jay County, Indiana, and studied law for two years.
While in college, he was a member of the college glee club, and took lessons in the college singing school. Later, he studied with teachers such as J. W. Suffern, George Root, Luther Emerson, Horatio Palmer, and Henry Perkins.
Giffe had a fine baritone voice, and was in demand as a concert singer. He soon became popular as a chorus director and convention conductor.
The Oliver Ditson Company of Boston, Massachusetts, published many of his early works, but Giffe went on to form his own publishing house, the Home Music Company, in Logansport, Indiana. He also edited the Home Music Journal for several years.
Later, Giffe became supervisor of music in the public schools in his home town. And he was one of three men chosen to deliver an address in Logansport, Indiana, at the memorial services for assassinated American president William McKinley.