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Title: Charles F. Graf
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One of the thrifty, self-made Germans who have come to Warren county and, through their diligence and honest dealings, have become the possessors of good property, the name of Charles F. Graf, farmer of Steuben township, should be specially mentioned. He has ever lent his aid in furthering the better interests of his locality, and he is well fortified in his political convictions, while he is essentially public-spirited and progressive. In all the relations of life he has been found faithful to every trust confided in him, and because of his genuine worth and genial disposition he has won and retains the warm regard of all with whom he has been in any way associated.

Mr. Graf was born in Germany, August 13, 1870, the son of Karl and Caroline Graf. He went to school in Germany for seven years and there received most of his education. When thirteen years of age the family emigrated to America, arriving in Champaign, Illinois, December 3, 1883, where his father followed the trade of cabinet-maker, Charles F. Graf being employed on a farm for eight dollars per month. His mother died in 1885 at the age of forty years. To Karl and Caroline Graf were born five children, named as follows: George, who came to America and is now living in Crawfordsville, Indiana; Lena is deceased; Charles F., subject of this sketch; Kate married George Frank and they live in Montana; Carrie married Gus Buckman and they make their home in Iowa.

Charles F. Graf married Emma Schumacher, daughter of John and Kate (Edens) Schumacher, their wedding occurring on October 16, 1893. To this union one child was born, Leonora, who lives at home. The wife and mother passed to her eternal rest in 1895, at the early age of twenty-three years, and the subject subsequently married Alnena Schumacher, a sister of his first wife, and she passed away in December, 1911, at the age of thirty-seven years, leaving one child, Waldo, who lives at home.

The Schumacher family came from the province of Holstein, Germany, in 1860, and settled in Champaign county, near Sidney, Illinois. There were eight children in this family, five daughters and three sons, all living but two.

Politically, the subject is a Republican and is a member of the advisory board. Fraternally, he belongs to the Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge No. 612, at Hedrick.

Mr. Graf is a self-made man in every respect. He had nothing when he came to this country, but he worked hard and was economical and finally got a good start. He worked out for a period of thirteen years, for eight dollars per month part of that time. But he saved enough out of his wages to buy one hundred and sixty acres of good land in Iowa, where he lived four years, and while there his first wife died; then he returned to Warren county, Idnaian, and he and his brother farmed five hundred acres for Dr. Eden, of Danville. He now owns one hundred and sixty acres of good land in Steuben township, well improved and fertile, which is worth two hundred dollars per acre at the present time.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001117
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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