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The Graves Family

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The first of the Graves family to settle near Madrid was Henry Graves, uncle of Henry Marshall Graves. This was prior to 1859. He had a large family, but only two remained in the Madrid area. Dudley Graves was a farmer, living northwest of Madrid, and Sylph Graves Sturgeon, wife of Dr. Q.A. Sturgeon, lived in the town of Madrid.

Henry Marshall Graves was born in Clay County, Indiana, in 1840, and came to Iowa in 1859, to work for his uncle. At the start of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company E of the Third Iowa Infantry, and was honorably discharged in 1865. He returned to Madrid, and, in 1866, married Caroline A. Hull, also a resident of the Madrid area. They had four children, but only two: Frank H., born in 1867, and Harry C, born in 1874, lived beyond childhood. Caroline died in 1904 and Henry in 1921, and both died in Madrid.

Frank Graves graduated from Iowa State College, and returned to Madrid, where he remained for the rest of his life. He married Fredrica Schaal, and he worked as a druggist, a banker, and was later Mayor of Madrid. They had no progeny.

Harry Graves graduated from Highland Park College of Des Moines (the college no longer exists), and returned to Madrid. He married Sadie Lampman.

Marie (Mary) Lampman, mother of Sadie Graves, was born in Ockfen, West Germany, in 1856. She came to Madrid in 1914, and resided there until her death in 1934. She worked as a dressmaker for most of the years she resided in Madrid.

Harry became, in turn, a schoolteacher, railway mail clerk, manager of the local telephone company, and postmaster. Harry and Sadie had three children: Russell, Helen, and Harold, all of whom were educated in the Madrid schools. Harry and Sadie left Madrid in 1934, but Harry continued to sell insurance in the Madrid area for many years.

Sadie died in 1963, at the age of 86, and Harry, in 1972, at the age of 97.

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