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Otto Emil Graf

Male 1869 - 1943  (74 years)


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  • Name Otto Emil Graf  [1
    Born 4 Jan 1869  Grabowo, Province of Posen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 23 Mar 1885  New York City, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1885 from Bremen, Germany arriving 
    • Probable manifest found: 23 March 1885 NY Passenger List Otto Graf on the Ship the Oder line # 419 on manifest
    Census 4 Jun 1895  Westford Twp., Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    1895 Minnesota State 
    • in the Charles A. Graf household. Enumerated were Charles A. 30 m w Germany resident MN 13 yrs resident of ED 8 mo Farmer; Wilhalmane 60 f w Germany Housekeeper; Otto 26 m w Germany 9 yrs resident MN 8 mo resident of ED
    Naturalization 15 Sep 1896  , Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1st Papers 
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    Naturalization 7 Dec 1897  , Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    2d Papers 
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    Census 22 Jun 1900  Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1900 US Federal 
    • in the Otto Graf household. Enumerated were OTTO head w m Jan 1869 31 M3 Ger-Ger-Ger 1885 15 Na Farmer; SOPHIA wife w f Dec 1875 24 M3 2/2 children living MN-Ger-Ger; ALMA daughter w f Aug 1898 2 s MN-Ger-Ger; DORA daugher w f Mar 1900 2/12 S
    Census 3 May 1910  Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1910 US Federal 
    • in the Otto Graff household. Enumerated were OTTO head m w 41 M1 13 Ger-Ger-Ger 1882 Na Teamster; SOPHIA wife f w 34 M1 13 4/4 children living MN-Ger-Ger; ANNA daughter f w 11 s MN-Ger-MN; DOROTHY daughter f w 10 s MN-Ger-MN; FRED son m w 7 s MN-Ger-MN; SOPHIA daughter f w 5 s MN-Ger-MN
    Census 5 Jan 1920  Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    1920 US Federal 
    • in the Otto Graf household. Enumerated were OTTO E. head O/F m w 51 M 1885 Na 189_ Pose-Posen-Posen Farmer; SOPHIA M. wife f 2 44 m MN-Holstein-Mecklenberg; ANNA C. daughter f w 21 s MN-Posen-MN; DORTHY M. daughter f w 19 s MN-Posen-MN; FREDRICK W son m w 17 s MN-Posen-MN; SOPHIA B. daughter f w 14 s MN-Posen-MN; OLGA E daughter f w 4 6/12 s MN-Posen-MN; Perhold D. son m w s 2/12 s MN-Posen-MN
    Census 8 Apr 1930  Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    1930 US Federal 
    • in the Otto Graf household. Enumerated were OTTO head m w 61 m 27 Ger-Ger-Ger 1884 Na Farmer; SOPHIA wfie f w 54 m 21 Mn-Ger-Ger FREDERICK son m w 27 s Mm-Ger-Mn Laborer; OLGA daughter f w 14 s Mn-Ger-Mn; ARNOLD son m w 12 s Mn-Ger-Mn
    Died 9 Jul 1943  Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
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    Buried 12 Jul 1943  Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Graf, Otto E and Sophia W (Oberdick) Gravestone
    Graf, Otto E and Sophia W (Oberdick) Gravestone
    Obituary 15 Jul 1943  Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Truman Tribune 
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      Truman's First Resident Dies
      /bThe Truman community was deeply saddened Friday when the news came from the county seat that a highly respected former Truman resident, Otto Graf had passed away at Fairmont hospital as the result of an accident suffered Monday.
      For the past several years, Mr. Graf has worked for the Fairmont Canning Company and he started there again this year, July 5th while working on a truck, he slipped and fractured his leg. He was taken to the Hunt hospital. The next day pneumonia developed and he died early Friday morning. All of his family were at his bedside with the exception of one son, Arnold, who is in the army, stationed in Florida and was unable to reach home in time.
      Otto Graf was a gentleman, held in high esteem by a large circle of friends and neighbors. In his passing this community has lost its earliest resident and also one of its few remaining pioneers.
      Otto Emil Graf was born July 4, 1869, at Grabowo, Posen, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at an early age. When 16 years old he immigrated to America and came directly to Mankato where he lived with an older sister. For several years he worked on farms in Blue Earth country in the Willow Creek vicinity. October 4, 1896, he entered into holy wedlock with Sophia Oberdieck of Antrim. They were married in the Antrim Lutheran church by Pastor Leo Krueger. After their marriage they lived one year on a rented farm. The following year they bought their own farm from Jim Johnson in Martin county. One 80 Mr. Graf sold to the railroad company for a town site for the village of Truman. The original tract of land began at the Kelley corner and extended south to the Eli Jorgenson corner and west to the railroad track. After he sold the one eighty for the townsite he donated one block for the school grounds and one block for a city park which bears his name.
      Six children, two sons and four daughters were born to this couple.
      In 1937 the Grafs sold their Truman home and moved to Fairmont wheres they purchased the residence on North Park St.
      The deceased was strong and sturdy and although he was in the seventies he was active and busy.
      He is survived by his wife, two sons, Frederick of Fairmont and Corporal Arnold of MacDill Field Fla.: four daughters, Mrs. Albert Lemke, Fairmont; Mrs. Julius Pyman, Fraser; Mrs. Henry Rose, Welcome, and Mrs. Leonard Carter, Truman. Three sisters, Mrs. Mary Burdin, St. Peter; Mrs. Adelhiide Urban, Truman, and Mrs. August Boelter, Amboy, and twelve grand children.
      Rev. O. H. Zemke conducted funeral services Monday afternoon at the St. Paul's Lutheran church in Fairmont for Mr. Fraf. Burial was made at Laekside cemetery.
      Pall bearers Julius Schwartz, Ernest Wollschlaeger, R. A. Schuster, Martin Hartman, Otto Lemke and Wm. H. Meyer.
      Attending the services for this community were Mrms. Julius Schwartz, Mrms. Ernest Wollschlaeger, Mrms. Marion Johnson, Mrs. Aug. Ebert, Mrs. Lizzie Fritz, Mrms. Alex Bock, Mrs. H. Heinemann, Mrs. Maria Tucholl, Mrs Bert Reinke, Mrs. Chas. Graf, Mrms. Fred Cook.
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    Person ID I2855  Brendas Branches
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 

    Father Carl Graf,   d. 1869, , , , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Wilhelmine Tietz,   b. 16 Jul 1835, Freiedrichest, Province Of Posen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1928, Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 1855  , , , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1009  Group Sheet

    Family Sophia W. Oberdick,   b. 3 Dec 1875, , , Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1957, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1896  , Watonwan, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Children 
    +1. Anna Caroline Graf,   b. 22 Aug 1898, , , Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1980, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +2. Dorothy Wilhelmina Sophia Graf,   b. 15 Mar 1900, , Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1961, , Olmsted, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +3. Friedrich Walter Graf,   b. 22 Jul 1902, Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1983, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +4. Sophia Emma Frieda Graf,   b. 12 Mar 1905, , Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1997, , Martin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +5. Olga Erna Graf,   b. 11 Jun 1915, , , Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2006  (Age 90 years)
    +6. Arnold R. Graf,   b. 19 Sep 1917, , , Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1985  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F2080  Group Sheet