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Graves, Peter B. 1875-1949


Posted By: Cindy Maust Smith (email)
Date: 6/23/2022 at 21:20:10

~Source: The Gazette-Tribune, Thursday, April 28, 1949, Sibley, Iowa, Page 10


Former Sibley Resident Died April 21, in Berkley, Calif.; Burial in Sibley.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock in Trinity Reformed Church for Peter Graves, former Sibley resident, who died April 21, at his home in Berkley, Calif. He was 74 years of age.

The Rev. J.M. DeVries, Allison, former pastor of Trinity Reformed church will be the officiating clergyman. Burial will be in the Sibley Cemetery.

Besides his widow, who will be unable to attend the services, he is survived by four sons, Bert Graves of Sibley, Harold Graves of Ashton, Clyde Graves of Sioux Falls and M-Sgt. Clarence P. Graves of Minneapolis.

~Transcriber's Note: Find-a-grave records indicate Mr. Graves was born in 1875 and the Sibley Cemetery is now Holman Cemetery. Peter Graves lived at Sibley for thirty-one years before moving to Traer, Iowa. He went to Sibley from Wall Lake in a covered wagon in the fall of 1894, when much of Osceola county was still wild country and a lot of the prairie land was still untouched by the plow. Good farms could be purchased then for $10 and $15 an acre, he recalls. Mr. Graves worked as a section laborer for the old B.C.R. & N. railroad at Sibley, Ia., on April 17, 1897. When the Rock Island extended its tracks into Sibley from Gowrie in 1900 and absorbed the other road, he was made the first foreman on that line. More information about the career and a photo of Peter Graves can be found on the digital archives of Tama County through Iowa Newspapers Online (free-to-view archives).

~Source: Traer Star Clipper, Friday, January 26, 1940, Traer, Iowa, Pages 9 & 12


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