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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

E[lmer] A. GRAVES is a manufacturer of and dealer in harness, in Garrison, having purchased the stock of John Wilson on the 6th of January, 1883. Mr. Graves was born in Licking County, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1840, and is a son of A. G. and Abbie C. (Case) Graves. He was reared in the town of Hartford, Ohio, in which place he received his education, attending school until he was sixteen years old. In March, 1857, he went to Nebraska City, Neb., where he remained until 1861, engaged at his trade as harness-maker. On the 13th day of June, 1861, he enlisted in the 1st Nebraska Cavalry, and served until the 8th of July, 1866, his regiment veteranizing. He participated in the battles of Ft. Donelson, Shiloh and Cape Girardeau, Mo. After this battle the regiment was sent to Arkansas, and was engaged in scouting duty for six months. It was then sent to the frontiers of Nebraska and Colorado, where they spent two years fighting Indians. Mr. Graves was Quartermaster Sergeant. After his discharge, in 1866, he engaged as a journeyman harness-maker and worked at his trade in various places in Nebraska and Iowa until 1871, when he settled at Tama City, Iowa. In 1877 he opened a shop and continued in business in that city until 1883, when he purchased the stock of Mr. Wilson, at Garrison, as already stated, and has continued to make his residence at that place. The mother of Mr. Graves died in Ohio in 1841, and his father in Hudson, Mich., in 1862. They were consistent members of the Congregational Church.

Mr. Graves has been twice married, first in Plattsmouth, Neb., Feb. 4, 1866, to Nancy E. Collins, by whom he had three children — Girtie, Frank and Myrtle. Girtie was married in January, 1883, to E. C. Montgomery, and now resides in Tama City, Iowa; Frank died in 1873. Mrs. Graves' death took place at Avoca, Iowa, May 3, 1873.

On the 12th day of April, 1875, Mr. Graves was a second time married; his partner this time being Lizzie Allen, a native of Stark County, Ohio. They have two children — Minnie and May. He is a member of Garrison Lodge, No. 164, A. O. U. W., and is at present Master Workman.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 256-257.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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