Peter Graf family of Fayette, Fayette County Iowa
surname, burials, notes

Peter Graf Sr., Farm and Orchard at Lima/Albany, IA.
Graf & Son ('s) Hardware and livestock dealer, on Main Street in Fayette, IA.
Zinita Graf, dau. of John Graf, gdau of Peter Graf Sr., noted Shakespearean actress.

 

 


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 Obit:  Peter Graf, Sr., was born 1828Jan06, in the province of Luxemburg, Germany, near Niederdingen, on the river Mosel.   In 1849, when he was 21yrs, he came to America, the first of four brothers who have made America their home.  Mr. Graf was engaged in railroad work near Toledo.OH.  Following this he was night-watch on a steamboat that ran between St. Louis and New Orleans, and also ran across the gulf of Mobile with an occasional trip up the Red and Missouri Rivers.  In 1854 he came to Dubuque.IA, and in the Fall of 1854, to (Lima/Albany area) Fayette.Co.IA, and at that time purchased what has since been known as the Graf Farm near Lima.  In 1856 he married, in Dubuque to Barbara Wagoner, who was born in the province of Luxemburg.  they came at once to the (Graf) farm which was their home till they built a residence and moved to Fayette in 1891 Five children were born to the, one of whom, the eldest son, died in infancy, and the youngest daughter (Katie) a few years ago.  Two sons and a daughter are living, John and Peter of Fayette, and Mrs. Anna Hoffman, of Fairmont.ND.  Mr. Graf died 1901Mar14, of cancer of the throat and the funeral occurred Sunday, 1901Mar17, Rev. St.John conducting the services.

 

Time Line:

1828, Peter Graf St. is born near Niederdingen on the Mosel river,  Luxemburg Province, Germany.

1849
1849, Peter Graf Sr came from Germany to America, the first of four brothers to immigrate.  (Need Peter Sr's parents and sibling, bz/2016

1854
1854/early, Peter Graf Sr came to Dubuque, Dubuqe.Co.IA.
1854/fall, Peter Graf Sr purchased what would be known at the Graf Farm, 1mil south of Lima, Westfield.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA.  Note:  The area above the Neutral Line in Fayette County opened for white settlement 1849/1850.  Peter Graf St. was in the very first wave of settlers in the area.  Initially land was sold by the government for $1.25/a, but numerous speculators immediately doubled the price to $2.50/a, which is probably what Peter Graf Sr paid for his farm.  Thus he since he came from Germany, age 21, Peter Sr likely had earned/saved $300-400 to buy his farm land.

 

1856
1856, Peter Graf Sr, married in Dubuque.IA, Barbara Wagoner, also born in Luxemburg.  They immediately came back to the Graf Farm, where they lived until 1891, when they built a large frame home at the far south end of Main.St in Fayette.IA (on the NE corner of Main/7th).

 

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1882
1882Oct03, Fayette.IA paper:  Ad; Fussel & Graf, Dealers in Hardware, Fayette.IA.
1882Oct10, Fayette.IA paper:  Fussel & Graf have just received a car (rail) load of the justly celebrated Moline Farm and Spring wagons.

1883
1883Jan01, Fayette.IA paper:  Fussel & Graf, Dealers in heavy and shelf hardware, wagon wood work, glass, sash, paints, oil, &C.  Upright hay knives.
1883Jan23, Fayette.IA paper:  Fussel & Graf want an immediate settlement of your account, either by cash or note.1883May29, Fayette.IA paper:  To the Editor;  You say in your last issue that  you do not know of any agricultural implement dealer in Fayette.  Please walk around to the warehouse of Fussel & Graf and we will convince you that there is one at least by showing you a complete stock of Machinery and Implements, among which is a full line of McCormick Harvester Co's, from the twine binder down to the iron mower.  We also have a full line of corn cultivators, among which are the Elwood, N.C. Thompson, Deere, Brown and Blackhawk.  You can be convinced by getting out of your office and standing on the street corner and seeing us load up farmers' wagons with out goods.  Fussel & Graf.
1883Sep13, Fayette.IA paper:  Fussel & Graf have 100 cords of hard/soft wood for sale at $2.75/cord.

1886
1886, Winter: The row of buildings north of the Graf Hardware store to the Bogert building burned.  On 1897Jul05, ground was broken in the vacant space for the Hartman building, which was moved into 1897Sept.   George Hartman had been conducting business the Hoyt & Davis building that had been completed from 1894-1897. (Fayette Bakery in 1942)

1887
1887, Peter Graf Sr, enters into the hardware business in Brush Creek (Arlington.IA) with Kemmerer and Jewe, taking over from Cambell and Wandell.

1888
1888Jan28, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has the measles, and if he has'em the whole length of him, he woun't be out again before spring.
1888Feb09, Brush Creek (Arlington) IA paper:  Ad; Kemmerer, Graf & Jewel Hardware (successors to Cambell & Wandell), dealers in hardware, stoves, tinware, pumps, and a full line of farm tools and machinery in Brush Creek.
1888Mar01, Brush Creek (Arlington) IA paper:  Kemmerer, Graf & Jewell Hardware, have just completed an invoice of their stock, after a year's business and report the figures very satisfactory.
1888Mar31,  Fayette.IA paper:  For Sale--Fruit trees at my nursery at 25c; also evergreens from 8-10ft tall, at 50c.  Peter Graf.
1888Jul14, Fayette.IA paper:   In buying binding twine, get the best like the blue Jay, for sale by Kemmerer & Graf.
1888Sep13, Brush Creek (Arlington) IA paper:  Ad; Kemmerer, Graf & Jewel Haordware, dealers in heavy and shelf hardware.  We are headquarters for milk cans or anything in tinware.  We have a complete stock of paints and machinery, wind mills and pumps, barbed wire, pumps, machine oil.  We Defy Coompetition.

1889
1889Feb21, Brush Creek (Arlington) IA paper:  Kemmerer, Graf & Jewell, Dealers in Heavy and Shelf Hardware.

1889Oct11, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf has been on the seriously sick list for a few weeks.
1889Dec27, Fayette.IA paper:  I have the following varieties of fruit trees for sale at my nursery; Duchess, Wealthy and Whitney.  No. 20, at 15-20c.  All trees first class.  Peter Graf Sr.
1889Dec27, The Homestead, Des.Moines.IA:  Mr. Peter Graf Sr. of Fayette, Fayette.Co.IA, has for 30yrs (abt 1856+) been actively engaged in fruit culture at that place.  In that time he has carefully tested every variety of apple within his reach that has laid claim to superior hardiness and merit, and has rejected all but five or six as being unavailable for general culture in Northern Iowa.  About 16yrs ago (1873) he commenced an extensive line of seed planting chiefly from the Duchess of Oldenberg (a Russian strain of apples) believing that in every climate nature would develop fruit adapted to its environment.  He has brought out several varieties, one of which, from the planting of 1877, he claims to posses very great excellence.  He guarantees it to endure all the climate exposure that the Duchess will endure.  It is as early and as prolific a bearer as the Duchess and the fruit is 25% larger.  It is a winter apple and a good keeper, its season being from Nov-Mar.  It is a rich, toothsome fruit, a little less tart than the Duchess, and in color closely resembling that variety.   'The Homestead's' representative who saw and sampled the fruit declares it to be all that is claimed for it in size, taste and appearance.  Mr. Graf names it "Graf's Duchess Seedling."

1890
1880Jan31, Fayette.IA paper:  I have the following varieties of fruit trees for sale at my nursery; Duchess, Wealthy and Whitney No.20., at 15-20c.  All trees first class.  Peter Graf.
1890Feb21, Fayette.IA paper:  Dissolution Notice.  Notice is hereby given that the firm of Kemmerer & Graf of Fayette.IA, and the firm of Kemmerer, Graf & Jewell of Brush Creek (Arlington.IA), have been dissolved by mutual consent this day.  All notes and accounts due the firm as well as all liabilities of the Fayette House to be settled with Peter Graf; and all the notes and accounts of Kemmerer, Graf & Jewell as wall as all liabilities of the Brush Creek House to be settled with Kemmerer & Jewell.  1890Feb20, T. H. Kemmerer, Peter Graf.
1890Apr25, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son, dealers in heavy and shelf hardware and farm machinery.  Fayette.IA.
1890Nov28, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has a new horse barn on State Street.  We at first supposed it might be intended for a new chapel.

1891
1891, Peter Sr and Barbara Graf would build a large frame home on the NE corner of Main/7th, at far south end of Fayette.IA, and move from the Graf Farm south of Lima.  The farm management as basically turned over to their sons John and Peter Jr. 
1891Jan09, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son, Dealers in heavy and shelf hardware, and farm machinery.  Fayette.IA. 
1891Feb20, Fayette.IA paper:  A newspaper correspondent at Lima says Peter Graf talks of renting his farm and moving to Fayette.  Perhaps he will also build a substantial residence and help to improve the town.  This hamlet has several retired farmers, middle-aged and older men who have stood the exposure of sunshine and storms for years in getting a surplus ahead, to keep them in the decline of life.
1891Apr17, Fayette.IA:  Have  you seen those fine prepared paints at Graf & Son's?  All kinds and colors of the Bradley & Vrooman brand.
1891Jul17, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr. Peter Graf has a very nice, deep cellar over which to erect a residence.  It is nearly 9ft in the clear.
1891Jul20, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr. Peter Graf has the foundation to his new residence laid and soon another buiillding will loom up on south Main Street.  In the same neighborhood as Mrs. Bents will soon have a new residence.
1891Jul20, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son are brightening up the front of their hardware store with lighter colored paint.  It will be a vast improvement.
1891Aug07, Fayette.IA paper:  We hear that Peter Graf has a large crop of apples this year.  Some say 1500 bushels and that he commences this week picking for shipment.  How is this for Fayette County, Iowa, U.S.A.?
1891Aug14, Fayette.IA paper:  Katie Graf of Fayette was among the teachers in attendance at the County Normal.
1891Sep11, Fayette.IA paper:  The residences of Peter Graf and Mrs. Bents are nearly ready for occupancy, and that of Will Frayer will be in the same condition in another week.  That quarter of town (south Main.St). is much improved this season.
1891Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr. Peter Graf has moved into his new home.

1892
1892Jan01, Fayette.IA paper:  Fayette as the New Year finds it:
...About 1888, Dr. Marcus baker built a find residence on the SE corner of Main/College.
...About 1888, Daniel Davis erected his commodious dwelling on the corner of Main/Madison.
...About 1889, Prof. Bissell finished his neat, expensive home on the corner of College and Washington (UIU Presidents home).
...About 1889, Ed Kenyon, Erwin Comstock, Fred Mongomery and several other built extra good dwelling.
...Also a new creamery, machine shop, saw-mill and others were erected, perhaps preparatory to the general boom building during 1891.
...In the eastern part of Fayette, James Hulse put up a house at about $500.  The Thorpe Bro's a larger house with barn for about $1200.  Ella Widger (very NE corner of town) added an upright for abt $500.  J.B. Sperry constructed a $200 barn.  On the corner of Madison/Union, Geo. Jones built a $1200 dewelling.  Prof. Ruggles, a home for $4k.  Mr. Madison moved from Edgewood, building a $2k house on the corner of Madison/union, opposite Geo.Jones.
...Early in 1891 S.F. Finney came from Postville and bought ot the F.B. Francisco grocery stock.  After living in Fayette awhile he concluded he like the play and built a home just south of Madison's at $2k.  His b/law Calkins from Decorah erected a house similar at the same time.  South of them Wm. Trail of Randalia built a tidy home at $1500.  Further south Cornelius has been making improvements on the old Herrington brick house.  Mr. Bratt built a small house at the foot of College Hill.  W.B. Stevenson added $500 improvements.  Thomas Hunt built a new barn at his residence on the NW corner of 7th/Washington.  Peter Graf Sr built one of the best houses in town on the NE corner of Main/7h opposite the Duncan place and made other improvements costing about $2500. Hattie Bents built a $1k house on the east side of Main, just north of Peter Graf Sr's new home.  Will Frayer built for $1k on the SW corner of Main/7th.  Samuel Watkins built a small house near the stone cut.  Will Robertson built $1200 house/barn south of Dr. James Parker on the west side of King.St.  Judge Hoyt did $500 improvements to his fine residence he bought of W.W. Peebles.  Dr. Parker also did some painting and improvements.  A bit further north, Geo. Hill built for $2k on the corner of College/Mechanic.
...Over on east Water Street;  Wm. Taylor invested $2500.  East of Mrs. Gaynor, B.P. Jones built for $1k. 
...Back of the Opera house, Frank Weare built a cozy $400 home.  Frank Holmes added $600 to the old Adams place.  A. Winston erected another dwelling on the corner opposite J.L. Budd's for $1200.
...Across the Volga River;  Amos Mathews built a $1400 house/barn.  Frank Francisco a $700 house, near where Schoonmaker's barn burned.
...Reuben Wrench Hunt, Dr. Marcus Baker, Wm Bray, A.H. Strong, L.C. Dudley, Clarence Holmes, Gilbert Finch and many others have made visible improvements.
...On Main Street;  Since Rathburn's drug store, Francisco's grocery and the restaurant were built, all of brick, no new structures have been added.  A large addition was made to the restaurant to accommodate Humiston's large and constantly increasing patronage.  Brewer has spend several hundred on his building south of the Post Office.  The Hunt Bro's (Walter Eugene & Reuben Wrench) remodeled their furniture building on the NW corner of Main/Water, so that Budlong who built it 1861/1862, would hardly know the same.
...Thomas D. Peterman purchased the Ellis property better known as the old Sherman House (hotel) on the SE corner of Main/Water, and is making extensive improvements.  He used the corner and room adjoining for his law and real estate office, making a specialty of buying/selling land, having handled over 1200 acres since locating here.  He advertises in these columns if you have land to sell/buy or legal business.
...Frank Rogers has bought the Waterbury lots on Main.St and making prepartions to build a good brick business building in the spring of 1892.  Several others are talking of building on Main.St during 1892.
...The grading done on Main.St last year, the clearing of many old obstructions, a general moving of barns back from the streets, together with liberal use of paint, have added to the appearance of things in general.
...A new street has been opened between Smith's and Gray's, thus making another connection between Water and State Streets, and Clark street extended through to Lover's Lane.
...The Knight Brothers have put in a lot of new and expensive machinery including a new saw mill and a complete outfit for grinding buckwheat, corn meal, graham, rye, etc., costing $3-4k.  They have the capacity of milling about 300 bushels a day, thus can accommodate a large line of customers.  They will also turn a log into lumber in short order.
...Frank Sanders has a carpenter shop on King.St.  He can do window and door frames in short order.  His machinery includes a planer, moulding-sticker, wood turning lathe, rotary dado, set of band saws, boring machine, Mortising machine, emery-wheels, etc.
...Joe Marvin added a lot of new machinery just across the Volga.  He now has a new saw-mill and a new engine.  He ahs a complete outfit for cutting slabs and cordwood into stovewood.
...Advantages Fayette Offiers;  Located on a fine running steam, the very best water is obtained at a depth of 25-30ft.  Surrounded by beautiful groves and large timber stands.  Almost entirely fee from the scourges of scarlet fever and diphtheria that have been so devastating in other places.  The scenery along the Volga, the shady nooks, beautiful flowers and hillsides.  The Volga abounds in bass, suckers, etc.  There are pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, prairie chickens, and even wolves is so desired.   The beautiful Klock's island park, one of the finest picnic grounds in this part of Iowa.  The public school building has six rooms, employing six teachers, affording all between 5-21yrs a first class education. 
...The school on the SW corner of King/State has recently undergone some improvements in the way of new floors, new desks, new blackboards, etc., with many additions to charts, maps, library books and experimental apparatus.  The school enrollment is 280 and steadily increasing, which shows Fayette and area is growing.  Prof. Bloodgood is the present Principal.  At the present rate of growth it is only a question of when a new building will be necessary (the first H.S. building was occupied in 1900).
....Dr. Bissell has been President of UIU for nearly 20yrs as the school enrollment has grown to nearly 500.  There are 7 depts, leading to the degrees, A.B., Ph.B., Sc. B., B. Lit.  The Preparatory (high school) has four courses.  The Normal, which fits one to teach.  The English, training in common branches.  Hurd's Business College, of bookkeeping, shorthand, typing, etc.  The Music dept, including instruction in piano, organ, voice, violin, guitar and instruments.  The Sch of Fine Arts, teaching all branches of art.  The scientific area is especially well equipped.  There is a fine astronomical observatory with a 5in telescope.  There are 6 literary societies, a fine library and reading room, a new Chapel with seating for over 600.  Cost per term need not exceed $40.  The Ladies' Professional Assoc. secures lectures, sermons, concerts, readings, etc, otherwise not available outside of the larger cities.
...Fayette has three churches, Methodist, Congregational and Catholic.
...There are miles of sidewalk and has fine street lamps.
...Many farmers have moved into Fayette and erected fine homes.

 1892
1892Jan01, Fayette.IA paper:  Thomas Hunt built a new barn and Peter Graf built one of the best house in town (on the corner of Main & 7th, opposite the Duncan place) and made other improvements which must have cost him nearly if not quite $2,500.  Mrs. Hattie Bents invested in about $1,000 in a good house just north of Mr. Graf's.  It was before electricity. 
1892Jan, Fayette.IA paper (1961Jul20, note from Mrs. charlotte Ranney of Maynard):   The recent picture of the Canfield's Fayette House Hotel and article brought back memories of the bitter cold of Jan1892.  Minnie Canfield was quarantined in the NE bedroom on the third floor and her mother was nurse.  They were short of help, so I was called on to help.  I did chamber work and waited tables.  I remember Mr/Mrs. John Graf and little Zinita came there at noon for dinner.  They were such nice people and Zinita was a darling child of about four with golden hair. 
1892Apr22, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf and Son, Dealers in heavy and shelf hardware and farm machinery.  Fayette.IA.
1892Jul15, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is moving into residence erected last year by Geo. Jones.
1892Jul22, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son have the foundation in for a 40ft addition  to their hardware store, which will make quite an addition to their storage and other facilities.
1892Sep02, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son have erected a commodious warehouse in the rear of their hardware store.  They needed it, the main store being crowded beyond all convenience.
1892Oct21, Fayette.IA paper:  Never heard a lisp of it till out paper was issued last week that Mr/Mrs John Graf are possessors of a daughter (Zinita) in the household.  Not a soul in town said a word to us, not even John himself.
1892Dec09, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf and family are now domiciled in the Hensley residence.

1893
1893May26, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf and Son, Dealers in heavy and shelf hardware and farm machinery.  Fayette.IA.
1893Jun09, Fayette.IA paper:  Katie Graf, piano solo 'Spring Blossoms,' at the program of pupils of the Conservatory of Music (of UIU).
1893Jul14, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son have  sold more carriages and buggies this season than we wo'd suppose could be disposed of in two years.  Yet their "stalls" aree full all the time of first class carriages.
1893Jul28, Fayette.IA paper:  Walter Hunt took out a new hay-loader from the warehouse of Graf & Son.
1893Oct13, Fayette.IA paper:  So many people have gone to Chicago the past week we are unable to procure the names of half of them.  Wrren Denniston, John Graf and H.C. Childs went the latter part of last week, and since then they have gone in squads and battalions.  It looks as though about everybody in Fayette is determined to see the Great Exposition.
1893Oct27, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has moved his family back into the rooms over Waterbury's drug store.
1893Nov17, Fayette.IA paper:  Half the town was attracted early Wed morning by a trap on the sidewalk in front of the Pioneer Meat Market which contained 10-15 live rats.  We never saw the like.  Such a trap is worth money in a place infested with the rodents.  It was stated that Graf & Son sell the traps.

1894
1894Mar22, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf has been quite sick for a week or two.
1894Mar22, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf shipped two of his Norman stallions last Monday to some northwestern locality, in Dakota or Montana perhaps.

1895
1895Feb21, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf had a runaway (horse) last week, doing up a cutter (sleigh) in great shape.
1895Feb28, Fayette.IA paper:  Lost, between Lima & Fayette, by way of the Graf & Whitely road, a double woolen shawl.  E.L. Patterson.
1895Mar28, Fayette.IA paper:  Frank Ward has sold his town residence to John Graf, and will more to West Union.
1895May09, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs John Graf have moved into their new possessions on Main.St, opposite the Phoenix House Corner.  No more climbing stairways to get into the house.
1895Jul04, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Kate Graf has gone to Hot Spring, S.D., for treatment for lung troubles (consumption/TB).
1895Aug29, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Kate Graf has returned home from Hot Springs, S.D., improved in health in some respects.
1895Aug29, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son sell the Sherwin-Williams mixed paints and have used about ten gallons of the same recently we are free to say that it is the best mixed paint we have ever used.  The time was when mixed paints were little better than the dregs of paints works ground over and mixed with some kind of oil not much better than coal oil, but his paint spreads like paint.
1895Sep12, Fayette.IA paper:  Geo. Whiteley has bought the house/grounds of Mrs. Davidson, on the east end of Clark Street.  Mrs. Davidson will reside with her daughter Mrs. Graf till Spring, when she will build a modern cottage for her own convenience.
1895Nov14, Fayette.IA paper, Canfield has bargained for the purple barn owned by John Graf, on his residence lots, and it is being moved to join the Hotel barn on the west.

1896
1896Jan09, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Katie Graf, dau of Peter Graf, died of consumption last Friday, 1896Jan03.
1896Jan23, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf and wife started Tuesday for some point in the south, presumably Albuquerque.NM, to remain till milder weather comes on in this latitutde.
1896Feb13, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf and family are at Pheonix.AZ.
1896Apr30, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf returned home yesterday improved in health.  His family and his mother are still in Arkansas.
1896Jul09, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf is home from the South.
1896Aug06, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr. Peter Graf has harvested the most of his apple crop the past week, which we hear reaches into the hundreds of barrels.  About all those placed in barrels were for shipment.  The balance are for local trade and home consumption.
1896Dec17, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son and Ed. Belknap shipped a car load of cattle by train, for the Chicago market.  Ernest Hancock accompanied the car.

1897
1897Jan21, Fayette.IA paper:  J.M. Edmunds and Peter Graf (Jr.) went to Chicago with some cattle and hogs.  Also Peter Widger with a car (rail) load of horses.
1897May06, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son shipped a car load of hogs to Chicago.  W.P. Lakin went with the outfit.
1897Aug12, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf, Corresponding Secretary of the Cemetery Board.

1898
1898Mar10, Fayette.IA paper.  Graf & son shipped a car load of hogs to Chicago.
1898Jun30, Fayette.IA paper.  The stock train took out three loads of cattle and hogs for Graf & Son, Connor and Sweet.  Hancock and Connor accompanied the stock to Chicago.
1898Jun30, Fayette.IA paper.  John Graf is on the committee on plans for a new high school building.
1898Sep08, Fayette.IA paper.  Council Room:  Street committee reported on the matter of Graf's sidewalk, and referred it back to the Council for consideration.  Moved and carried that the street commissioner be and is hereby instructed to notify John Graf to construct a new walk, instead of and to take the place of the stone walk, hereby condemned by the Council in front of his property facing on Main.St, in Block 11, Fayette, said walk to comply with Ordinances calling for the walk, on or before 30days.
1898Nov17, Fayette.IA:  Commissioner Kelly has fixed part of the gutter along the hitching posts on State Street is good shape, by using stone taken from the Graf sidewalk.
1898Dec29, Fayette.IA.  Edward B. Scobey of Fayette and Ms. Zella Gillette of Sumner were married and will occupy the cottage on Main.St next/south of John Graf.

1899
1899Feb23, Fayette.IA paper:  Tuesday night an attempt was made to steal four sacks of clover seed from the warehouse of Graf & Sons.  Peter Graf, Jr., and Go. Madden, happening to visit the warehouse that evening, noticed that four sacks of seed were standing outside the door, and determined lie in wait and see who was coming after them.  Two men finally came, there was a chase, a revolver shot, and one of the men collapsed into the hands of his pursuers.  The other escaped but it is pretty certainly known what his name is.  The man who was caught was well known.  He was not injured by the shot from the gun as it was not aimed in his direction.  It was merely an accident which disclosed the "plot," but the mischief was checked as surely as though it had been pre-arranged all around.
1899Apr20, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son shipped a car of cattle and a car of hogs to Chicago.  John Graf accompanied the cargo.
1899May04, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Sons shipped a car of stock cattle to Kansas City.  Ben Hancock accompanied the bovines.
1899Jun22, Fayette.IA paper:  Evening flower service for children's day at the Congregational church presented "Hearts of Gold."  Zenita Graf, one of the 'Forget-me'nots.'


1900
Events1900: 
....Graf family farm, orchard, hardware, livestock shipping continues.
....Peter Graf Sr and sons are buying and shipping livestock to Chicago from the depot area.
....Land Transfer--L.H. Preston to John & Peter Graf, 40a, 1/2 mi S of Grandview Cem.
....Mrs. Graf was inured in a fall.
....Dr. J.R. Guthrie of Dubuque assisted Dr. J.D. Parker in an operation for throat cancer upon Peter Graf, Sr.

1900Feb1, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr. Bellis has moved (on King.ST, i.e. Bellis Funeral Home of pre-2000) to the Graf-Frayer-Winston neighborhood (along south Main.St).
1900Mar08, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Sons are busy invoicing their big stock of hardware.
1900Mar08, Fayette.IA paper:  Geo. B. Hill is conducting a new Meat Market in the building formerly occupied by Waterbury's drug store, between Graf & Winston's stores.
1900May17, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf & Son shipped a car each of hogs and cattle.  John Graf went with the cargo to Chicago.
1900Jul04, Oelwein.IA paper:  Land Transfer;  L.H. Preston to John & Peter Graf, deed N1/2 of S1/2 of NE1/4, sec 32, T93R8, $1400.
1900Aug09, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf and Jim Orr went to Chicago with three cars of cattle.
1900Nov08, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Metzgar will entertain the Congregational Missionary Society instead of Mrs. Graf, who is unable because of injury received from a recent fall.
1900Dec06, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr. J.R. Guthrie of Dubuque came Monday to assist Dr. J.D. Parker in an operation for cancer upon Peter Graf, Sr.
1900Dec20, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf, Sr. is reported as progressing very slowly.

1901
Events1901:
....Peter Graf Sr. retired from the firm of Graf & Sons, which became the Graf Bros.
....Peter Graf Sr.,  suffering intensely.
....Geo. Barden would work the Graf home farm near Lima.
....Peter Graf Sr. died 1901Mar14 of throat cancer.
....Graf Farm was rented to Deck Heimer for the 1902 season.
....Nora Graf continued active in the Congregational Church and civic organizations.
....John Graf sold his house and planned to build a new one by 1902.

1901Jan09, Oewlein.IA paper:  Peter Graf, Sr., has resigned from the firm of Graf & Sons.  The firm now exists as Graf Bros.
1901Jan10, Fayette.IA paper:  The firm of Graf and Sons has been changed to Graf Bro's, Mr. Peter Graf Sen., retiring.
1901Feb14, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf is reported very much worse these latter days, and suffering intensely.  It would seem that he can hardly hold out very long under the circumstances.
1901Mar07, Fayette.IA paper:  Geo. Barden, who has been farming near Hawkeye the past y ear, will work on the Graf farm near Lima, during the coming year.zz
1901Mar14, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is the retiring member of the school board.
1901Mar21, Fayette.IA paper:  Obit:  Peter Graf, Sr., was born 1828Jan06, in the province of Luxemburg, Germany, near Niederdingen, on the river Mosel.   In 1849, when he was 21yrs, he came to America, the first of four brothers who have made America their home.  Mr. Graf was engaged in railroad work near Toledo.OH.  Following this he was night-watch on a steamboat that ran between St. Louis and New Orleans, and also ran across the gulf of Mobile with an occasional trip up the Red and Missouri Rivers.  In 1854 he came to Dubuque.IA, and in the Fall of 1854, to (Lima/Albany area) Fayette.Co.IA, and at that time purchased what has since been known as the Graf Farm near Lima.  In 1856 he married, in Dubuque to Barbara Wagoner, who was born in the province of Luxemburg.  they came at once to the (Graf) farm which was their home till they built a residence and moved to Fayette in 1891 Five children were born to the, one of whom, the eldest son, died in infancy, and the youngest daughter (Katie) a few years ago.  Two sons and a daughter are living, John and Peter of Fayette, and Mrs. Anna Hoffman, of Fairmont.ND.  Mr. (Peter Sr.) Graf died 1901Mar14, of cancer of the throat and the funeral occurred Sunday, 1901Mar17, Rev. St.John conducting the services.
1901Apr04, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf recently elected to the Fayette Town Council took the oath of office.  The Mayor W.B. Stevenson appointed Bonn, Boyce and Graf to the electric lights committee.
1901Apr28, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf was elected vice-pres of the Twentieth Century Club.
1901May23, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf went to St. Paul.
1901Jul18, Fayette.IA paper:  Adam Fussell Dead...A card from San.Bernadino.CA announced the death of Adam Fussell, b.1837Sept, and died 1901June18.  Mr. Fussell lived in Fayette.Co.IA from youth to manhood.  He served all through the civil war, returned to the county, married and raised a family here, moving to CA 17yrs ago (abt1886).  We believe he built the store building now owned by the Graf Bro's.  He has made 2-3 visits back to Fayette since moving to CA.
1901Oct03, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Farm has been rented  to Deck Heimer.
1901Nov14, Fayette.IA paper:  Thos. Alderson has purchased the residence of John Graf, on Main.St, but will not take possession till the first of May.  Mr. Graf will build a new residence next spring on the corner opposite the new Rathburn residence.

1902
Events 1902
....Graf Bros continue the hardware store, shipping livestock, apple production, renting out the farm.
....Miss Zinita had the mumps.
....John Graf had been on the town council a few years.
....John Graf built a new home on the NE corner of Main/College.
....Miss Zinita celebrated her 10th birthday.

1902Jan23, Fayette.IA paper:  Three car loads of cattle and hogs belonging to the Graf Bro's shipped.
1902Mar20, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has been ill with erysipelas and Mrs. Graf has been attacked by pleurisy. 
1902May01, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf has the mumps.  A windmill on the Graf Farm at Lima was blown down.
1902May08, Fayette.IA paper:  Council meeting, present Mayor Oliver & Councilmen Bronn, (John) Graf, Boyce, Comstock and Pond.  Motion carried that John Graf be required to keep his feed and stock yards near the C.M.&St.P RR station, in sanitary condition.
1902May08, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bros. have a supply of new devices for putting on and removing the covers of glass fruit jars.
1902May15, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has moved to the Chesley house, and the house vacated by him will be occupied by Thos. Alderson's family.
1902Jun12, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has had the ground broken for a new residence on the Main.St lot opposite G.D. Rathburn's house.
1902Jul03, Fayette.IA paper:  Council meeting; John Graf was chosen mayor pro tem.
1902Jul10, Fayette.IA paper.  The Graf Bro's received a car load of hog fence wire.
1902Jul17, Fayette.IA paper:  The wall of the Graf residence is now completed.
1902Aug28, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John (Nora) Graf visited in Sumner this week.
1902Sep18, Fayette.IA paper:  There is a small herd of Angora goats on the Graf Farm at Lima.  They are rapids destroyers of weeks.
1902Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:  A party of about 30 school-mates of Miss Zinita Graf celebrated her 10th birthday.  Will Webster sold the last of a dozen loads of fine
apples from the Graf Farm near Lima this week at Oelwein.IA.
1902Oct30, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf will have one of the finest homes and best finished residences in Fayette.  It is finished in native pine and oak, with beautiful grains.
1902Nov20, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf's family has moved to their new residence on Main.ST.  Mrs. Peter Sr. Graf has been disabled this week by a fall.
1902Nov27, Fayette.IA peper:  The Graf Brothers shipped two cars of hogs.
1902Dec11, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf went to Chicago with two cars of cattle and one of hogs.
1902Dec18, Mrs. Hesner and dau Helene, enroute from Wisc to their home in Edgewood.IA, visited last week with Mrs. John Graf.

1903
Events1903:
....Graf Bros shipped livestock to Chicago and into the Dakotas.
....Graf Hardware was broken into.
....Grafs sell cement, hardware, apples, livestock.
....Zinita, 11yrs, continues her schooling in the grade school and music/theatrical with her mother Nora.
....The Graf's remain socially/civically active.
....There is scarlet fever in the John Graf home.

1903Jan29, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr. Helmer, who has resided on the Graf Farm, departs Feb 1 for Kansas.  Mr/Mrs Mose Dresser will take his place until another renter takes possession.
1903Feb05, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf has been ill.
1903Feb27, Trenton.NJ paper:  Central Baptist held amusing musical entertainment, including Clifford Devereux and his German' band made a hit (Note:  Clifford will go on to form the famous Devereux Players in 1913, a company of classical actors that would tour North America performing noted Shakespearian era plays in college/university towns.  Miss Zinita Graf (dau of John Graf x Nora Davidson) would become the leading lady of this famous group from 1917-1929 when she married Harry Balylies of Los.Angeles.
1903Mar05, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf entertained friends at a farewell party for Bessie Cooley, who is moving with her parents to their farm north of Fayette.
1903Mar12, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Beckwith and dau. Vera of Greeley came for a brief visit with Mrs. Graf.
1903Apr09, Fayette.IA paper:  Ben Hancock left for on of the Dakotas and perhaps Minnesota, on (stock) for the Graf Bro's.
1903Apr30, Fayette.IA paper:  Burglars got caught.  They left some clues.  Broke into Grafs' Hardware, took $75 worth of goods, left a glove, and were at once taken.   Taken from the Graf Brothers' store were revolvers, razors, pocket knives, cartridges and a couple of dollars in small change.  The first clue found was a glove with the maker's name on the button.  A commercial traveler said that a store in Monticello had been burglarized a few nights before.  A telephone connection with Monticello was made and a list of good secured.  The Keith make of gloves had been taken from Monticello, and not on sale in Fayette.  Two grips filled with clothing also were taken in Monticello.  The two burglaries were connected.  Suspicion was arroused against Hugh Robertson, grandson of James E. Robertson, who came back to Fayette on Wed, having been absent for three years in the army in China and the Philippines.  (Extended text is in the paper regarding the search and capture)
1903Apr30, Fayette.IA paper:  Mild cases of scarlet fever are reported at the homes of John Graf and Chas. Clark.  Peter Graf has been sick this week.
1903May14, Fayette.IA paper:  Ad;  Graf Brothers, hardware of all kinds, Sherwin-Williams paints, Quick Meal gasoline and Blue Flame oil stoves, Quick Meal steel ranges, all kinds of farm implements, American field and hog fence, buggies, surreys and spring wagons.  A car of cement just received.
1903Jun18, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Merriam has been the guest of Mrs. Graf the past week.
1903Aug06, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf & Zinita, Mrs. Elias Fussell and Mrs. F.S. Walker have been visiting friends in Edgewood.
1903Aug27, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf and W.N. Clothier went to Des Moines.
1903Sep17, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf will put in cement walks on Main & College Streets, abutting his residence property.
1903Sep24, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf was in Manchester this week, transacting business.
1903Dec17, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf went to Manchester this week.

1904
Events1904
....
....Graf Bros shipped livestock numerous times.
....Graf Orchard continued apple production/sales.
....The Graf's business and lifestyle continued.


1904Jan28, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf Bro's shipped a car load of hogs.
1904Feb24, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Davidson is still on the sick roster, at the home of her dau. Mrs. Peter Graf Sr.
1904Feb24, Fayete.IA paper:  P.G. Widger went to market with ten horses on Sunday's stock train.  Ben Hancock also went with a car of stock for the Graf Bro's with hogs, all white.
1904Mar31, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bro's shipped a car load of live stock.
1904Apr07, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf went to Chicago with a load of cattle.
1904Apr21, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf accompanied two car loads of cattle and one of hogs on Sunday's stock train.
1904May12, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf and Zinita were callers at Independence.
1904Jun02, Fayette.IA paper:  F. Pattison purchased a new buggy from the Graf Bro's.
1904Jun30, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf and Mrs. Walker went to Edgewood to attend the funeral of their friend Mrs. Hesner.
1904Aug04, Fayette.IA paper:  Bring us you heating problems; Round Oak Furnace, Graf Bros., Agts, Fayette.
1904Sep29, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf went to Decorah to visit Libbie Hiller and Blanche Cole.  Wm. Webster took his 8th load of Graf's apples to Oelwein market this week.
1904Nov24, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Mary Margaret nee Colley Davidson died Tues. evening.   The funeral will be held at the home of Mr/Mrs John Graf tomorrow/Friday at 2pm.
1904Dec01, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Beckwith & dau. Vera, of Greeley returned home after spending a few day at the home of Mrs. John Graf.
1904Dec29, Fayette.IA paper:  Ms. Etta Eldridge, of Earlville, a former teacher in Fayette, arrived to visit Mrs. John Graf.  Etta has entered the profession of osteopathy.

1905
1905Jan12, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Frank Pattison and son Lyle spent Sunday with Henry Hildebrand & family on the Graf Farm south of Lima.
1905Jan19, Fayete.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf entertained a small company of friends Sat. afternoon.
1905Feb02, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf and dau. Zinita have become sick this week.
1905Feb16, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. J.W. Ruggles has written to Mrs. Graf that she is at the home of her bro. at Austin.IL and may come to Fayette to visit in the summer.
1905Feb23, Fayette.IA paper:  The College Chapel was nearly destroyed by fire last night.  Three freight trains came up the line Sunday afternoon and evening, and one went down at 11:30pm composed mostly of live stock.  This train took in a car of stock from Graf Bro's in which were cattle, calves and hogs.
1905Mar02, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf was on the sick list this week.
1905Mar09, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf Bro's shipped to market last Tues. a car of cattle and a car of hogs.  The Congregational Church society met at the home of Mrs. John Graf to sew for the church.  John Graf went to Chicago this week.
1905Apr13, Fayette.IA paper:  Geo. Shriver, of Arlington, visited at the home of his cousin Mrs. John Graf, and was accompanied by his brother from PA.
1905Apr20, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has bought the field south of the depot and the bluff and land west of Lover's Lane highway and south as far as the northwest corner of the cemetery property, comprising 30+acres.  He will erect sheds at the foot of the bluff for cattle.  The Graf Bros. shipped a carload of timothy seed to Milwaukee.
1905May11, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Graf entertained a company of friends on Friday night.
1905May18, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Graf visited Bessie Cooley near West Union.
1905Jul20, Fayette.IA paper:  Frank & Herb Pattison have a new hayloader brought of the Graf Bro's.
1905Jul20, Fayette.IA paper:  Misses Carrie Wilson & Zinita Graf returned after a few days visit with friends near Lima.
1905Aug10, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf and wife went to Greely today.
1905Aug10, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Vera Beckwith, of Greeley, has been visiting Zinita Graf.  They visited at the Cooley home near West Union this week, accompanied by Mrs. Graf.
1905Sep07, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr. left Tues. for St.Paul and points in North Dakota.
1905Sep14, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has added a carriage she to his barn.
1905Oct05, Fayette.IA paper:  Monday evening a surprise part was given at John Graf's home for Miss Zinita Graf, Tues. being being her birthday.  About 20 of her friends enjoyed the eveing.
1905Oct26, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Graf & dau Zinita visited in Manchester.
1905Nov16, Fayette.IA paper:  Land transaction;  James E. Robertson estate to Graf Bros, 24.17a in the SW1/4 of Sec 28, and SE1/4 of Sec 29, Range 93, Tier8.

1906
1906Jan18, Fayette.IA paper:  W.N. Clothier and the Graf Bros, each shipped a load of hogs.
1906Feb15, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Etta Eldridge of Manchester is visiting the Graf home.
1906Feb22, Fayette.IA  paper:  The Graf Bro's are now agents for Fairbanks, Morse & Co. gasoline engines, and have received a Jack of All Trades as a sample.  The sample engine at the Graf Brothers' store is an exact duplicate of the one in this (paper) office.
1906Mar01, Fayette.IA paper:  Married at the John Graf home on Tues, 1906Feb27, were Miss Henrietta Eldridge of Manchester and Mr. Henry Ocker of Greeley.  Misses Zinita Graf and Harriet Douglass were ushers:  Henrietta was a former Fayette public school teacher with many friends in Fayette.  The couple will make their home at Stone Lodge in Greeley.
1906Mar22, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bro's shipped a car of cattle to market.
1906Mar29, Fayette.IA paper:  Charles Estey, republican, bested John Graf one of the three years terms on the town council by a vote of 98 to 97, the only closely contested vote.  Note:  John Graf has been on the town council for years.
1906Mar29, Fayette.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Daniel Dodgers to John Graf, 40a, SW1/4 of the SW1/4 in Sec 29; and 8a, S1/5 of SW1/4 of NW1/4 in Sec 29; 25a and the N5/8 of NE1/4 of SE1/4 in Sec 30; and 20a, S1/2 of SE1/4 of NW1/4 in Sec 30, Westfield.Twp, T92N, R8W, for $4100.
1906Apr26, Fayette.IA paper:  Citizens are asked to decide in regards to the extension of water works system.  For sometime there has been a strong feeling the water mains should be extended.  The extension would require at least 40, but here should be 50 or more takes to justify the proposed extension along the route.  Mrs. John Graf says the service is worth four times the cost..  Mrs. Dr. Marcus Y Baker says it is simply indispensible and not only a convenience but almost a necssity.
1906Apr26, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is having a well drilled in his new stock yard at the foot of the (cemetery) bluff, across the track from the railroad stockyards.
1906May17, Fayette.IA paper:  Ben Hancock went to SD on (livestock) business for John Graf, and will visit his sons while in that region.  John Graf went to Greeley.
1906May31, Fayette.IA paper:  Note:  The Graf Brothers hardware ad continues in the paper.
1906Jul05, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Peter Graf Sr, is quite sick.
1906Jul26, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf is visiting the Ocker home "Stone Lodge," at Greeley.  Jo Newcomer & cement corps have put a cement crossing on Main.St at its junction with 7th St at the south end of town.  And is also putting in walks abutting on the Peter Graf Jr. lot on 7th and Main St (NE corner).
1906Aug02, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Peter Graf Sr, who has been very sick, is some better.  Ben Hancock drove to Sumner to bring over Miss Hatch who will act as nurse for Mrs. Peter Graf.
1906Aug09, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bros have sold a 2hp Fairbanks-Morse gasoline engine to Adam Shaffer.
1906Sep06, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs John Graf attended the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
1906Oct04, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. (Nora) John Graf is reported sick.
1906Dec13, Fayette.IA paper:  The old sidewalk plank of the school district was sold in four lots to W.W. Potter, R.Z. Latimer, D.H. Sweet and John Graf.  The entire lot brought $15.

1907
1907Jan03, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf if visiting the Ocker home in Greeley.
1907Jan24, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bro's shipped a car load of cattle to Chicago.  Will Brown from Smithfield.Twp, sold his fat cattle to the Graf Bro's.
1907Feb07, Fayette.IA paper:  The preliminary declamation contest will be held at the high school assembly room Friday, Feb15.  The winner will represent the high school at the county contest.  Contestants are Hazel Holmes, Hazel Morrison, Marian Hyatt, Bernice Claxton and Zinita Graf.
1907Feb21, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf was the winner of the Declamation contest.  Her reading was Jim Fenton's Wedding. 
1907Mar14, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf won the county declamation contest held at the UIU Chapel, presided by county Supt. Belknap.
1907May02, Fayette.IA paper:  Wm. Heiserman of West.Union has consulted F.E. Sanders in regard to a new brick building on Main.St, adjoining the Graf building to the south, replacing the wooden building at that location.
1907May09, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr. is on the sick list threatened seriously with typhoid fever.  At last reports his temperature was 104.
1907May23, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr. is out again after having gone through a siege of measles.
1907May30, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bro's have purchased the Heiserman building and lot, joining their store on the south.
1907Jun06, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bro's shipped two cars of cattle, accompanied by John Graf.
1907Jul04, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bro's shipped a carload of sheep and a car load of cattle and hogs, mixed.
1907Jul25, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf is visiting friends near Greeley.  John Graf ran over a rattlesnake while running a mower on the Rogers farm, east of the Kelly stonehouse, west of Fayette.
1907Aug08, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Peter Graf Sr, is still confined to bed but slowly improving.
1907Aug29, Fayette.IA paper:  J.T. Newcomer is laying a cement crossing from the Graf warehouse west of the schoolhouse corner, to be followed by two at the Peter Field corner and others.
1907Sep12, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf visited with Bessie Cooley, near West.Union.
1907Sep26, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf Bros have just received a car of fresh Atlas Portland cement.
1907Nov07, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf, by request, read a selection from Seven Oaks, "Jim Fenton's Wedding," at the Twentieth Century Club.

1908
1908Jan16, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Jake (Anna Graff) Hoffman, of Fairmount.ND, came to visit her mother Mrs. Peter Graf Sr, and her brothers John and Peter Jr.
1908Jan30, Fayette.IA paper:  Old friends of Mrs. Anna Graf Hoffman were invited to meet her at Mrs. Peter Graf's Wed afternoon.
1908Feb27, Fayette.IA paper:  Two cars of cola, a car of corn for M.H. Fussell and a car of nails for Graf Bros., were sidetracked here Sunday afternoon.
1908Mar19, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf entertained the Congreational missionary society and the Twentieth Century Club.
1908Mar27, Fayette.IA paper:  The Junior banquet to the Senior class of the High School was attended by twenty-six.  The guests met at J.H. Buhlman's residence for a program which included a duet by Harriet Douglas and Zinita Graf.  The classes adjourned to the room back of the pantorium for other entertainment.  Then to the the John Graf residence where a banquet was served. The program following included a toast by Zinita Graf.
1908Apr02, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf and dau Zinita are suffering with tonsilitis.  John Graf went to Chicago with a shipment of stock, from Lima, over the Turkey River and West Union Gran Trunk line.
1908Apr09, Fayette.IA paper:  Furniture repairing of any kind.  Upholstering and mattress renovating a specialty.  Rooms in the upper part of the Graf Building, next to Rathbun's Grocery.  B.L. Hancock.
1908Apr23, Fayette.IA paper:  The Zethegathean and Zeta Alpha societies at UIU appeared as Thespians Tues. night with the play, George Ade's, "County Chairman," presented, where high school junior Zinita Graf played Luey Rigby.
1908May28, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr/Mrs Parker, Mrs. Graf and Mrs. Alderson went to Calmar to attend the funeral of Miss Mamie Hazelton.
1908July09, Fayette. IA paper:  Mrs. Graf gave some organ selections and the ladies gathered around and sang.
1908
1908Jul16, Fayette.IA paper:  Vern Hoffman (son of Anna Graff Hoffman), a nephew of John & Peter Graf, from Fairmount.ND, has been visiting the Graf families.
1908Aug13, Fayette.IA paper:  Clothier and Graf shipped a carload of stock to Chicago. 
1908Aug13, Fayette.IA paper:  Picking Apples...This week has been busy on the Graf Farm near Lima, as the crop of early Duchess apples has been gathered.  A carload will be shipped to St. Paul from Lima.  About 100 barrels would be picked on the Graf Farm, and enough more will be purchased to fill a car.  Chas. Clark, Frank Beach, Wm. Webster and Chas Earle have been amount the pickers, and Peter Graf has been absent from the hardware store during the pick, superintending the work.
1908Sep03, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Brothers made a shipment of sheep to Chicago.
1908Sep17, Fayette.IA paper:  A.A. Strong of Greeley, was the guest of the John Graf family.
1908Nov07, Fayette.IA paper:  The incomparable Round Oak Chief Steel Range, at the Graf Brothers.
1908Dec24, Fayette.IA paper:  Anna & Jake Hoffman, former residents of Fayette came from Fairmont.ND for a visit with her mother, Mrs. Peter Graf Sr and brothers John & Peter Jr.

1909
1909Jan14
, Fayette.IA paper:  The Twentieth Century Club met with Mrs. John Graf Monday afternoon.  The Genuine round Oak Heating Stove at the Graf Brothers.
1909Feb18, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Graf first for dramatic at the high school contest.
1909Feb25, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf, one of the directors of the State Bank of Fayette.
1909Mar11, Fayette.IA paper:  Big Horse Sale at the Fayette.IA C.M.&St.P. Stock Yards, 26 head of horses; 16 yead 3yr's old that will make horses weighing from 1300-1500lbs; 8 mares & 8 geldings.  These are native horses and not branded, halter-broke, with halters on and gentle to handle.  Twp head of saddle horses; 8 head of branded horses from 4-5yrs old, all halter-broke, some broke to harness.  One 3yr old in foal.
1909Apr01, Fayette.IA paper:  The Clipper Fanning Mill at the Graf Brothers will clean all kinds of grain and seeks, and also has sieves for grading seed corn.
1909Apr01, Fayette.IA paper:  High School Upper Classes enjoyed a social function Friday evening.  On the program was Zinita Graf with a reading.
1909Apr01, Fayette.IA paper:  Driven by adverse circumstances people in Fayette are getting ice where ever they can find it.  C.O. Holmes of the Pioneer Meat Market has contracted for his season's supply from the McCleary ice house on the south side of the West.Union fair grounds, which is manufactured from well water.  This means many trips with a team but he is able to get it.  J.H. Boyce's barn is converted to a ice house and a carload of ice brought in from Dubuque by the residence  of the south part of Fayette for their own use during the summer; Peter Graf (NE corner of Main/7th), D.H. Sweet, C.R. Carpenter, W.C. Denniston (on King.St), Dr. J.D. Parker (on King.St), Mr. W.A. Hoyt, and J.H. Boyce.
1909Apr08, Fayette.IA paper:  Please return two woven wire fence stretchers loaned from out store.  Graf Bro's.
1909Apr15, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf went to Waterloo for a visit.
1909May13, Fayette.IA paper:  Work began at remodeling the Graf building adjoining the hardware store on the south.  It was the intention to repair it for use as the Shafer Barber Shop, but it was in such bad condition that it was not worth the expenditure.  The building will be torn down and a new building put up.  There is a possibility that the lot may be purchased for a new bank building.  If that is not done, the Graf brothers will have a new building built.
1909May27, Fayette.IA paper:  Vern Hoffman from ND is visiting his uncles, the Graf brothers.
1909Jun03, Fayette.IA paper:   One of the most musical events of the UIU term was the senior voice recital in the UIU Chapel by Mr. Harold S. Craig, assisted by Misses Mae Carmichael and Zinita Graf, and Mr. Harry A. McLean.  Miss Graf gave three appreciated reading.
1909Jun10, The First National Bank decided to purchase the lot owned by the Graf Brothers, adjoining their store to the south, and build a new bank building.  The lot is to be cleared of old material and work started under the supervision of F.E. Sanders. the building will be one story brick, 40ft long, 21.5ft wide and 13ft  to ceiling.  It may be ready by Sept 1.
1909Aug26, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf left for Bellevue to attend the funeral of Miss Eliz. Wetherwax who was well known in Fayette, the dau of Rev. Weatherwax, the pastor of the Congregational church for some time.
1909Oct07, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Brothers are to have a new hardware ware house, the foundation has been laid. The building will building will stand across the alley from John Knight's blacksmith shop and be 24x50ft, a story and half high. There will be a cement floor, with the walls of wood, covered with iron.
1909Dec02, Fayette.IA paper:  The framework for the Graf Bros, ware house has been built this week.
1909Dec16, Fayette.IA paper:  Lima News; Peter Graf and Matt Trough of Fayette finished the work on the new furnace for the Lima Church.

1910
1910
Jan27, Fayette.IA paper:  The senior recital of the UIU School of Music will be Wed evening, Feb 2, in the Chapel.  The program includes "A Lover of Music" (from The Ruling Passion) by Henry VanDyke and Miss Zinita B. Graf.
1910Jan27, Fayette.IA paper:  The UIU Chapel was filled Fri & Mon evenings for the recitals of the School of Oratory, to include "When Elizabeth Went Home" by Miss Zinita B. Graf.
1910Feb02, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf will give a reading at the Opera House program for Washington's birthday, Feb 22.
1910Feb10, Fayette.IA paper:  A fine baby girl was born Wed night to make her home with Mr/Mrs John Hildebrand who live on the Graf Farm near Lima.
1910Feb24, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf was a visitor in Greeley.
1910Mar24, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf entertained a small dinner party in honor of Miss Goldie Doud's birthday.  Mrs. Henry Ocker, of Greeley has been visiting Mrs.  John Graf and friends.  She was formerly Miss Eldridge and taught in the public school
1910Apr07, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf spent the week in Littleton, a guest of Carrie Defny, dau of Rev. O.C. Defny, UIU'91.  Zinita gave a reading in the M.E. Church where Rev Defny is pastor.
1910Apr28, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John (Nora) Graf and dau Zinita went to St.Paul to attend the grand opera to hear Caruso and other noted singers and spend time with Miss Anna Edwards in Northwood.IA.  They were disappointed when finding the seats to hear Caruso were all sold, but heard other singers of note.
1910May12, Fayette.IA paper:  the Zetha & Zetas of UIU are preparing to present the play "Alabama," by Augustus Thomas.  The case includes Zinita B. Graf as Atlanta Moberly.
1910May19, Fayette.IA paper:  Lima News;  Boland of Volga City and Graf of Fayette each shipped a car load of cattle out of Lima to Chicago.  There lies in the paper office window a twig 18" long on which are set 21 apples.  The twig taken from a "Graf's Winter Duchess" tree on the farm of Harm Badger.
1910May26, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf will give a Memorial Day reading "Out Flag is coming," as she closes, the column of Cadets and Post within the M.E. Church will come forward.  Zinita will also give a presentation of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address during the program.
1910Jun09, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf of Fayette was a business caller in the Spring Valley neighborhood (3-4mi N of Fayette).
1910Jun16, Fayette.IA paper:  On Monday afternoon occurred the graduation of the UIU School of Oratory.  A strong number of the program was the cutting from Audrey which received from Miss Zenita Graf her usual natural, direct and forceful presentation.
1910Jun23, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf will give a reading as part of a program at the Congregational Church.
1910Jun30, Fayette.IA paper:  Zenita Graf is included in the UIU summer school enrollment.
1910Jul28, Fayette.IA paper:  Justin Miller from the Spring Valley neighborhood delivered a fine bunch of young cattle to John Graf at Fayette.  Mrs. Graf was on the sick list last week.
1910Aug11, Fayette.IA paper:   Grat Brothers, dealers in general hardware and farm implements.  Mrs. John Graf was taken much worse Friday and has improved but slightly since.
1910Aug18, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf made a business trip to Chicago.   Mrs. Twitchell is acting as nurse to Mrs. John Graf, who is reported improving.  The Graf store front has been repainted, Char. Estey doing the work.
1910Sep08, Fayette.IA paper:  Henry Dickman came from Sumner and took Nora Graf in his auto to Oelwein to take the train to Kirksville.MO to receive treatment in the hospital there.  Her husband John and dau Zinita accompanied her.
1910Sep15, Fayette.IA paper.  John Graf has returned from Kirksville.MO.
1910Oct27, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bros., have just gotten in their tenth car of cement for the season.
1910Dec22, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf Brothers, dealers in general hardware and farm implements.
1910Dec22, Fayette.IA paper:  Ad; Fayette Stone Quarry, P.S. Banning can furnish common ruble, range ruble, steps, flat stone for walks or cess pool coverings.  Note:  this is the abandoned quarry to the east side of old Hwy150 going up College Hill.  This quarry supplied the large limestone blocks and stone for the lime kiln to build the College Seminary (UIU's College Hall).  The quarry was abandoned and by the 1950's utilized as a town dump, and by the 2000's as a yard waste dump for Fayette.  Bz/2016.

1911
1911Feb16, Fayette.IA paper:  Ed Moore has rented the Graf Farm west of Fayette.  Valcanite Woven Roofing, Graf Bros., Distributors.
1911Mar30, Fayette.IA paper:  Senior Piano Recital, UIU School of Music, College Chapel,  Miss Zinita Graf, Reader.  Reading, Cinderella Dines by Andrews, Miss Zinita Graf.
1911May04, Fayette.IA paper:  For Sale--A grade short horn bull.  John Graf, Faeytte.
1911May25, Fayette.IA paper:  UIU Dept of Oratory...The graduate recital of Miss Zenita Graf, 8pm Tues May30 in the College Chapel.  Miss Graf will be assisted by Mrs. C.C. Neff, Soprano, Mr. Harold Craig Tenor and Miss May Mitchell accompanist.
1911May25, Fayette.IA paper:  Fayette Stone Quarry, P.S. Banning can furnish stone for any purpose, at the following prices, at the quarry.  Common Ruble $2.50 a cd, Range 3c/ft, Steps 25c each, flag stones for walks or cess pool coverings.
1911Jun01, Fayette.IA paper:  Recital in Oratory.  The recital of Miss Zenita Graf, Monday evening was the climax of a long and through training in oratory.  She had in spite of her y outh been so long before local public as a finished reader that it was not surprising to see the UIU Chapel filled.  The decorations while not elaborate were notable  and in good taste.  Miss Graf has many qualities rarely combined in a reader at the time of graduation.  While she has all the polish which the department can give, the delaying of graduation has softened the stage effect and given perfect ease upon the platform.  At the same time a careful home training has preserved the charm of modesty.
1911Jul13, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf spent Sunday at Greeley.
1911Aug17, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Brothers shipped a car of apples to St. Paul.
1911Aug17, Fayette.IA paper:  Aug 15 was the 59th anniversary of Charles West and wife, and the 56th of Rev. J.L. Paine of Fayette.  The events were happily combined by Miss Ella West in the entertaining of old settlers at the West home.  Miss Zenita Graf assisted by reading three selections and playing the accompaniment while the compnay sand Auld Lang Syne. 
1911Aug24, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bros. are still selling Portland cement at $1.15/barrel if taken from the car.  Let them know the amount you want.  The Graf Bros. have just received a solid carload of Round Oak Stoves, Ranges and Furnaces.
1911Aug31, Fayette.IA paper:  Lima News; The Graf Bros. shipped a carload of apples to Aberdeen.SD.
1911Sep07, Fayette.IA paper:  The financial statement/condition of the State Bank of Fayette was attested by Directors, John Graf & D.D. Rathbun.  Total Assets, $481,225; Total Deposits, $418,574.
1911Sep14, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf is at Strawberry Point drilling the contestants for the "Gran Gold Medal" contest to be held in connection with the W.C.T.U. convention.
1911Sep14, Fayette.IA paper:  The School of Oratory of UIU, under Mrs. S.W. Collett, Directory will open Sep 20th.  Courses offered:  Practical Public Speaking, Dramatic Art Class, Classes in Oral Expression, Private Lessons.  Other courses will be given for those whose major is in this department.

1912
1912Feb0
1, Fayette.IA paper:  The fire company was suddenly called out Tues evening and ran to the John Graf residence.  The fire proved to be nothing but a chimney burning out.
1912Jul18, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is building a new barn across the track and SW of the depot.
1912Aug01, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bros shipped three cars of stock from Lima last week and W.N. Clothier one car.  Mrs. F.S. Walker and Mrs. Nora Graf went to Sumner.
1912Aug22, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Edwards of Northfield is visiting at the John Graf and O.W. Stevenson homes.
1912Aug29, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf and dau Zinita left Monday for a two weeks visit at Preston.MN.
1912Sep19, Fayette.IA paper:  Charles E. Gillan has been in town since early summer developing the coal business he bought from H.W. Gray, and the grain and elevator business he purchased from the Graf Bros.  He has expended about $2000 in refitting the elevator with an engine, dump scale and new machinery throughout, besides covering the driveway and building a new office to the north.
1912Nov28, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr. Harry Tuller, who is practicing law in Waterloo, visited the Graf home.
1912Dec05, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Eva Hatch, visiting her people in Sumner returned to care for Mrs. Graf Sr.

1913
1913:  Note---1913 was the first season of the Clifford Devereux Players Compnay.  Miss Zinita Graf joined the Devereux Players in 1917, its fifth season and would continue as its leading lady until she married in 1929.
1913May05, Emerson College Magazine:  Senior Recital, Zinita Graf, "The sin of Davie (Act III), by Stephen Philips.
1913
Jul23, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Misses Zinita B Graf and Bernice K. Claxton are hostesses at house parties since Friday.  All UIU students and most from the class of 1913.  Friday evening Miss Zinita gave a picnic in the woods, also a dinner Sat noon, and Miss Bernice a picnic at Bit Rock Sat evening.
1913Sep09, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Zinita Graf is leaving for Boston.MS, where she will spend the college year in the Emerson School of Oratory.

1914
1914Jun09, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Miss Zinita Graf enjoyed a few days visit the past week from her frind Miss Vera Beckwith, of Greeley.
1914Jun17, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  At the B.A.Y. picnic on the UIU campus, the program included a reading, "A Visit to the Sea Shore," by Miss Zinita Graf
1914Jul01, Oelwein.IA paper:  Sumner News:  The Easter Star gave a pleasant evening last Tues.  Music and several fine readings by Miss Zinita Graf furnished an enjoyable program.
1914Aug25, Oelwein.IA paper:  The great area picnic at Klock's Island was a success.   After dinner, as part of the entertainment day, Miss Zinita Graf delighted the audience with one of her readings and responded to an encore.
1914Nov05, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Graf received a letter from their dau Zinita, who is taking work at the Emerson School of  Oratory in Boston.  She had been invited to read at the Boston University.  Owing to the high quality of the program rendered there, this is strong evidence of the favorable consideration of Miss Graf's work.
1914Dec24, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf enjoyed the distinction of taking part in the presentation of the "Taming of the Shrew," given in Tremont Temple Theater in Boston.  The play was given for the benefit of the Red Cross.
1914Dec24, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs Nora Graf went to Greely and returned with her dau Miss Zinita Graf, who is home from Boston to spend the holiday season, after studying the past few months in the Emerson School of Oratory.

1915
1915Jan07, Fayette.IA paper:  Fire Hose & Hook/Ladder Company meets; Peter Graf Jr, a member of the hose company.
1915Jan07, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf left for Boston, where she will continue her work in the Emerson School.  She was accompanied as far as Chicago, who will return the last of the week.   Jacob A. & Anna (Graf) Hoffman returned to their home at Fairmount.ND, having visited the last two weeks in the John/Nora Graf home.
1915Feb18, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf, now attending the Emerson School of Oratory in Boston, was one of the cast in a recent theatrical performance given by the Graduate Class of 1915.  The play was "The Knight of the Burning Pestle,: becoming the sixth annual production from the Elizabethan drama.  Miss Graf took the  part of Jasper and it is reported that she looked "stunning" in a Robin Hood costume of wine red, red boots to the hips, red jacket with velvet sleeves, red silk cape that came to the floor, Robin Hood hat, auburn wig and tiny moustache, baldric and sword.  Her many friends here are not surprised to learn that she received many compliments from faculty members and others.  Dean Ross said:  "The very best work done in the play," and Professor Tripp, under whose direction the play was given, characterized her work as "Smashing and foxy---splendid atmosphere."
1915Feb25, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; A letter from Miss Zinita Graf to her parents tells about a fire that broke out in the night in the hotel, an eight story building, where she has a room on the second floor.  The inmates soon began to vacate but the fire was soon under control with a few thousand dollars damage. 
1915Mar18, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf has been on the sick list.
1915Mar25, Fayette.IA paper:  Before going to press we learn of the death this morning of Mrs. Peter Graf Sr. at her home on South Main Street (NE corner of Main/7th).
1915Apr01, Fayette.IA paper:  Lima News;  Several from Lima attended the funeral services of Mrs. Peter Graf at Fayette on Sunday.
1915Jun02, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Mrs Nora Graff and dau Miss Zinta arrived home Wed from Boston where Mrs. Graf went about three weeks ago to attend the graduation exercises of her daughter Zinita at the Boston School of Orators.  They visited a few days in Middleton at Pres. W. A. Shanklin home and also in Chicago with friends.  Miss Hoffman of Fairmount.SD is visiting her cousin, Miss Zinita Graf.
1915Jun03, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf spent the first of the week at Dubuque.
1915Jun10, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Sue Fleming, of Manchester, is a guest of Miss Zinita Graf during Commencement.  Miss Hazel Green of Manchester came Monday and is a guest at the John Graf home.
1915Jun18, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  At the UIU Fuller prize contest in oratory in the chapel, Miss Zinita Graf and Joseph H. Neff and Mrs. S. W. Collett were the judges.
1915Jul01, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr. Jack, of Boston, is a guest of the John Graf home.
1915Aug05, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf has been has been elected head of the Dept. of Oratory in the Yankton Collage at Yankton.SD.
1915Aug05, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf returned from Joilet.IL where she went to joun Miss Mary Arnold Shanklin in a few days' visit at the home of a mutual friend.  She also spent a couple of days in Chicago.
1915Aug12, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is on the sick list and has been confined to the home for several days.
1915Aug19, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf was a business visitor at Lansing and Monona.  Miss Zinita Graf returned from Strawberry Point where she attended a house party given by Miss Florence Riddle.
1915Sep02, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf and dau Zinita went to Dubuque for a few days.
1915Sep16, Fayette.IA paper:  We sell Northwester States Cement.  Made at Mason City.  Last year we sold 5000 sacks.  We expect to sell more this season.  Graf Brothers, Fayette, Iowa.
1915Sep16, Fayette.IA paper:  The first meeting of the Twentieth Century Club will be held at the home of Mrs. Nora Graf.
1915Sep16, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf left to take up her work as Head of the Department of Oratory at Yankton College in Yankton.SD.
1915Nov18, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Anna Edward terminated a five weeks' visit at the John Graf home, returning to her home in Northwood.
1915Dec23, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf reached home Sat from her school duties at Yankton.SD.
1915Dec30, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr. left for an indefinite stay at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jacob/Jack A. (Anna Graf) Hoffman, at Fairmount.ND.

1916
1916Jan06, Arlington.IA paper:  Fayette News; Miss Zinita Graf returned Sat to her school work at Yankton.SD.
1916Feb10, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf went to West.Union.
1916Feb17, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Hardware Store has been given an interior coat of paint, D.J. Rosebrook doing the work.  The room is greatly lightened in appearance.
1916Mar02, Fayette.IA paper:   International Harvester Co of America,  Mogul kerosine engines sold by Graf Bros. in Fayette.  At present prices for gasoline and kerosene you could not afford to accept a gasoline engine as a gift.  You could better afford to pay a big premium for a Mogul kerosene engine.  Se the Mogul work on kerosene.  Mogul in any size from 1 to 50 H.P.
1916May25, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf went to Dubuque for a few days.
1916Jul31, Columbia Univerisity Spectator:  The Devereux Players will leave NY on a rode tour including performances at the University of Vermont, Dartmouth and Harvard.
1916Aug17, Fayette.IA paper:  Work has commenced on the improvements on the John Graf residence.  A sun parlor is to be build on the south with a sleeping porch over head.  A bath room is to be installed on the second floor and other needed changes for comfort and convenience.
1916Aug30, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; J.W. Burget took Mr/Mrs John Graf and dau Miss Zinita and Peter Graf Jr to Sumner Sun. afternoon for brief visits with friends.
1916Sep13, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Miss Zinita Graf left Wed for Denton.TX, where she is to teach Dramatic Art and Debate in the State School of Industrial Arts for Women.  This is a new school, has an enrollment of 1000.  Her mother accompanied her as far as Greeley, returning Thur.
1916Sep22, Denton.TX paper:  On the faculty of the College of Industrial Arts for the year is Miss Zinita Graf, Dept of Expression.
1916Nov29, Denton.TX paper:  Several instructors from Denton had prominent parts on the program, and from the C.I.A., Miss Zinita Graf of the Expression Dept will have a part on the general program.
1916Dec01, Denton.TX paper:  Miss Zinita Barbara Graf and Miss Alice Sigworth will give a joint recital at the College on Dec 5.  Miss Graf and Miss Sigworth are both new to the College, but the advance notices of their work give promise of a rare treat in store.  The following notice of Miss Graf's work appeared in the Daily Dakotan, of Yankton.SD (where she taught last year):  "Miss Zinita Barbara Graf, head of the Dept of Expression of Yankton College, gave her annual recital in Wand Hall Saturday evening.  Favorable comments were heard on all sides, and it was the unanimous opinion of the large audience that never before has the college heard a reader with the wide range and dramatic ability of Miss Graf."
1916Dec15, Denton.TX paper:  Miss Graf's part of the program consisted of a reading from the library scenes 1, 2 and 3 of George Eliot's "Romola," and the third act of Stephen PHillips' "The Sin of David."

1917
1917Jan04, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf left for Denton.TX to resume here duties as instructor in the School of Industrial Arts.
1917Jan04, Fayette.IA paper:  Fayette Girl becomes noted reader...From the Fort Worth Texas Record (paper); One of the most delightful events of the present school year of the College of Industrial Arts was the annual recital of Miss Zinita Graf of the Department of Expression which was held in the college auditorium.  In addition to the faculty and student body of the college, hundreds of towns people were present. and all delighted with the pleasing manner in which she interpreted the library scenes from Romolas George Elliott  and Stephen Phillips, "the sin of David," act 3.  Miss Graff is a young woman of attractive personality and possesses a good speaking voice, two natural gifts to which she has added excellent training in her chosen work of dramatic art.  her numbers on the general session programs of the recent meeting of the Texas State Teachers' association at the Chamber of Commerce auditorium in Fort Worth demonstrated here excellent ability in whatever style of work she chooses to present.  She demonstrated that she has a dignity about her, with an atmosphere of confidence and a forceful personality that will win her eminent success.  Miss Graf is a native of Fayette, Iowa, and a graduate of Upper Iowa University and also a graduate and post graduate of the Emerson School of Oratory of Boston where she also served as an assistant instructor.  Zinita has had a wide experience which covers the direction of pageants, notable among her achievements being the presentation of "As You Like It" in an out of doors amphitheater in honor of the tercentenary anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  The  College of Industrial Arts considers Miss Graf as one of its most efficient instructors and her addition to the faculty is in line with the policy of the college under the direction of President F.M. Brally to offer the best the country affords to the students who attend the State College for Women at Denton.TX.
1917Jan18, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf was quite seriously ill the first of the week.
1917Feb22, Fayette.IA paper:  The Town Council voted to
pave Main.ST from the Volga River bridge to the Peter Graf corner (7th St & Main).
1917Mar22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nelson Sherman, who has been living on the Graf Bros. farm, moved to Fayette and is occupying the Wm. Cross house in the SE part of Fayette.
1917Mar25, Fayette.IA paper:  The new
High School building was dedicated.  Addresses given by Dr. James D. Parker, Nora Graf, Dr. J.W. Dickman, Mrs Belle Thorp Ocker (county supt), and A.C. Fuller (state inspector of H.S.).
1917Mar25, Fayette.IA paper:  The town council voted to
pave Main.St from the bridge to the Peter Graf corner (Main/7th).
1917Apr12, Fayette.IA paper:  Simon Harrison has
sold a Reo Four (auto) to Mrs. Graf north of town.  John Graf went to Chicago with stock.
1917Apr26, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf left on a business trip to Dubuque.
1917May03, Fayette.IA paper:  Rev. and Mrs. Butler have moved from the A.J. Hensley home on King..St to the Peter Graf residence on South Main.ST (NE corner Main/7th).
1917Jun17, Fayette.IA paper: 
Miss Zinita Graf joined the Devereux Players.
1917Jul05, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf Went to Chicago with stock.
1917Jul12, Fayette.IA paper:  Statement of the First National Bank of Fayette, Peter Graf, one of the Directors.  Total Resources- $193,742.
1917Jul26, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Graf ends her first season
with Devereux Players.  Zinita's first season has been a successful one and much praise has been accorded her.  Miss Zinita Graf who has been teaching Expression at the College of Industrial Arts at Denton.TX, and has this summer been with the Clifford Devereux Company of college players, closes the season at Columbia University in New York City.  The Devereux Players are among the best artists today and present only high class educational and classical dramas.  They ply principally in university towns and only in the best of theaters.  To be invited to join this company is an honor, and that Mr. Devereux chose wisely is evidenced by the many compliments Miss Graf has received from the press and elsewhere.  We take pleasure in reproducing just a few of the very many nice things which have been written about Zinita. 
....From the Cincinnati Times-Star:  Miss Zinita Graf was teaching dramatic training in the State College for Women at Denton.Tex., when the Devereux Players were at the opera house there last March.  Now Miss Graf is practicing what she then was preaching to her young women students in Texas.  Zinita is the newest member to the Devereux Company, now at the Woodland teacher in the Zoo.  A month after the company left the Texas college town she joined them at Little Rock Ark.  Clifford Devereux, head of the company, says  "
Miss Graf was a find."
....From the Knoxville.TN Sentinel:  (
Explains how Zinita Graf ended up staring with the Devereux Players):  The war, the source of many evils has its bright side.  It brought ot Miss Zinita Graf, of the Devereux Players the big opportunity of her life.  A few months ago Miss Graf was a teacher in the State College for Women at Denton.TX, having only recently finished her studies at the Emerson College at Boston.  When Mr. Devereux and his company was en tour in TX in the spring, Miss Graf witnesses the performances and seeking Mr. Devereux asked for an engagement during the summer.  He half way promised her a 'walk-on' part, being impressed by her earnestness and her knowledge of what she wished to do.  When several weeks later one of the ladies of his company was called home because her husband, a surgeon was going to leave for the front and she was needed at home to take care of the family.  Mr. Devereux was called upon to get some one at a moment to fill her place.  He thought of Miss Graf not so very far away and wired her asking if she could join the company at once.  She realizing it was her big opportunity, wired back "yes," wound up her work at the school as best she could, and joined the company three days after receiving Mr. Devereux's message.  Two days later she was making her professional debut as 'Beauty' in 'Everyman' and in the three months she has been with the company has played seven roles, among them being Oliva in Twelfth Night and Armande in 'The Learned Ladies,' roles that ordinarily she could not have hoped to have played without years of professional experience.
....Again in the Knoxville.TN Sentinel:  Miss Zinita Graf as Armande, one of the 'learned ladies,' had the best role in which she has yet been seen, and showed decided ability interpreting the role most satisfactorily.  To show what the Sentinel things of the Company we print this:  To see on of the French classics as charmingly given as 'The Learned Ladies' was given by Clifford Devereux and his company is a real treat.  Mr. Devereux in presenting the best playos of the several periods in the excellent manner in which he does, assembling a well-balanced company deserves a debt of gratitude by the lover of the best in drama. 
...From the Nashville.TN American:  In Miss Zinita Graf, as Armande, and Miss Viola Knott as Henriette, Mr. Devereux has two starts who possess beauty and charm in proportion to their splendid talents.  Their work was excellent among the female members of the cast.
....In writing to her parents John & Nora, of her work Miss Graf says, "One of our compensations for being away from some of out friends is that we are continually meeting the most intellectual and cultured men and women of the whole country and visiting its greatest institutions.
1917Aug02, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf has signed up with the Clifford Devereux Company for next year.
1917Aug30, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf was a guest at the Mrs. John Owens home in West.Union.
1917Sep06, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf and dau Miss Zinita were visitors in Sumner.
1917Sep27, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs H.W. Dickman and Miss Anna Hule of Sumner were callers at the John Graf home.  Mr/Mrs Andrew Rector and little dau Oneida were vistors at the John Graf home.  Note:  Over the years many social events/visits occurred at the John/Nora Graf home.  The Graf's were very active in the Congregational Church and various civic activities.
1917Oct18, Fayette.IA paper:  The Congregational Thimble Bee will be entertained at the home of Mrs. Nora Graf.

1918
1918Jan03, Fayette.IA paper:  Read.Notice917, Fay.Co.IA; The county planned to vacate a road portion E of NW corner of NW1/4 of NW1/4, Sec 2, Harlan.Twp, running 'thence' near the bank of the Volga River toward the county road running N/S in Sec 2, Harlan.Twp, which ran through or abutting lands owned by a.J. Schmit, F.B. Wolfe and John F. Graf.
1918Jan10, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf visited Mrs. Eva Beckwith in Greeley.   Miss Zinita Graf after spending the holidays at her home in Fayette left for her Company in NY City.
1918Mar14, Fayette.IA paper:  Smithfield.Twp News:  Several of the Helping Hand members in E. Smithfield met with Mrs. Graf last Wed to sew (Note:  Sewing WWI clothing).
1918Mar28, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf returned from taking stock to Chicago.
1918Apr18, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf and Mrs. Katherine Miller spent yesterday in Dubuque.
1918May02, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf returned from taking stock to Chicago.
1918May16, Fayette.IA paper:  Contributed to the Red Cross:  H.F. Schlling, Photographer; Graf Bros, Hardware; Harman Bros, General Merchants; Walker Drug Store;  A.F. Mavis, Shoe Store; T.J. Bachus, Lumber & Cal; Bargain Store, A.A. Carter; Fayette County  Leader, newspaper; J.N. King, Garage; Rexall Drug Store, Davis family.
1918May23, Fayette.IA paper:  The Clifford Devereux Co., with whom Miss Zinita Graf starts, has cancelled their date in Fayette for May 31, much to the regret of everyone.
1918May30, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf arrived for a short visit with her parents.  Mrs. Graf went to Greeley to meet Zinita, visiting with Mrs. Eva Beckwith between trains.
1918Jul04, Fayette.IA paper:  A new shingle roof has been put on the Graf warehouse on State.St.
1918Jul18, Fayette.IA paper:  F.T. Coleman and helpers finished a large sawing lumber job for numerous timber owners west of Fayette on the Charles Ash place, adjoining Fred Ashby's.  The logs were mostly oak and basswood totaling about 60k feet of lumber.  The traction steam sawmill is being moved to a piece of timber bought by John Graf, the former Orve Doland place near Albany, where 30k feet of lumber will be sawed.
1918Sep05, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf returned from a few days stay at Dubuque.
1918Sep26, Fayette.IA paper:  Appeal for spare clothing for relief in Belguim.  Back of the German wall that has hemmed in Belgium and part of northern France, 10 million human beings look to us for clothing, as well as food.  All who have articles of this nature will bring them to the Graf Warehouse just west of the Pelleymounter Cafe, where they will be received for shipment.  If you are unable to bring them, notify Mrs. Nora Graf for aggangements.
1918Oct17, Fayette.IA Paper:  An addition to the Graf Warehouse on State.St is being built.
1918Nov14, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf arrived to visit her parents.
1918Dec12, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf and Miss Zinita were visitors in Dubuque las week.  Mrs. Zinita Graf left to visit friends in Texas, after which she will return to New York to join the Devereaux Comany which has been having a vacation on account of the epidemic.
1918Dec26, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf was in Chicago on business.  Mrs. Eva Beckwith returned to Greeley after a week's visit in the John Graf home.

1919
1919Jan01, Note:  Peter and John Graf remain active in the State Bank of Fayette, the Hardware/Machinery business, livestock marketing, apple orchard, farm ownership/rents.   Nora Graf continued to be very active with social and civic affairs.  Zinita Graf continued as leading lady of the Devereaux Players.
1919Jan02, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf has been on the sick list.
1919Mar06, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf went to Oelwein to attend a directors' meeting of the Women's Dept of Fayette.Co.IA FArm Bureau.
1919Mar20, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is in Chicago.
1919Mar27, Fayette.IA paper:  Twentieth Century Club entertains for the annual reception of the Club for Husbands at the home of Mrs. W.K. Humphry.   The musical program included a vocal number by a group of "imported colored ladies," whose efforts brought down the house and called for an encore.  They were Mesdames J.A.Claxton, T.I.Bachus, A.H.Thompson, M.L.Hathaway and Dr. James W.McLean, with Mrs. Nora Graf at the piano.
1919Arp17, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf pleasantly entertained a small company of ladies in honor of Mrs. Sarah Owens.
1919May01, Fayette.IA paper:  W.N. Clothier and John Graf went to Chicago with stock.
1919May08, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf and Mrs. Oliver W. Stevenson spend the last of the week in Cedar Rapids.
1919May15, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Nora Graf was on the sick list last week.
1919May29, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf went to Chicago with stock.
1919Jul03, Fayette.IA paper:  The
Valentine E. 'Vol' Strayer farm (160 just south of Eagle Point), reported last week as sold to A.J. Fox and F.B. Claxton, has again changed hands, being sold to Joe Wood.
1919Jul03, Fayette.IA paper: 
Walter Eugene Hunt bought the Peter Graf residence on south Main.St (NE corner Main/7th), and will move to town, having sold is farm 1mi south of Fayette last week to John Dar of Stanley. 
1919Jul03, Fayette.IA paper:  From the Pittsburg.KS Sun, June24, is concerning a
Fayette girl who has made a name for herself on the stage in company with the Devereaux Players:  The presentation last night of "Romeo and Juliet" by the Devereaux Players at the Normal auditorium surpassing all expectations of the large and appreciative audience that attended the play.  The acting was flawless throughout and every character in Shakespeare's immortal play was portrayed with wonderful ability by the well-balanced cast....The Presentation last night of "Roening" was the work of the two leading characters of the play, Clifford Devereaux as Romeo and Zinita Graf as Juliet.  Mrss Graf's portrayal of the sweet and  lovable Juliet was marked with the ability and fineness of the most widely known actress on the stage today.  She thrilled the audience with her beauty and her sweet voice will long be remember by those who heard her last night.....Her first appearance in the second scene of the first act was received with applause.  She won the audience from the very start with her ready smile and winning manner....During a tense moment in the third act, just after Romeo had been banished from the city and Juliet was in the act of taking the sleeping potion which Fiar Lawrence had instructed here to take in order to frustrate the plans of the County of Paris to marry her the next morning, Miss Graf portrayed the different emotions with wonderful ability.  At first was the lamenting over Romeo's forced absence by banishment, followed by the fear that the potion was poison or that she might not awaken at the appointed timed, and finally resignation to whatever fate the poison vial might hold for her.  Miss Graf was at her best in this scene.  the Devereaux Players will be in Cedar.Falls.IA, July 9&10, and in Iowa.City, July 11&12.
1919Jul17, Fayette.IA paper: 
Nora & John Graf, Mrs. Oliver W. Stevenson,  Mrs. Rober B. McCormack, Mrs. A.E. Whitney, Mrs. G.C. Denniston and Mr. Cyde Combs went to Cedar Falls to attend the entertainment given by the Devereaux Players Co. of which Mrs. Zinita Graf is the leading lady.   Nora Graf then accompanied the Devereaux Company to Iowa City., where they remained over Sunday, and then went with them to Champaign.IL.  Peter Graf spent the week end at Iowa City.  All were delighted with the entertainments and are proud of the fact that Miss Graf is a Fayette girl.
1919Jul24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf returned Monday, having spent the past ten days with her daughter, Miss Zinita.
1919Aug21, Fayette.IA paper: 
Miss Graf Pleases in Old Home Town;  Devereux Company presents "The School for Scandal" before a large audience.  Fayette turned out en masse Tues night to welcome Miss Zinita Graf in her first appearance here as leading lady with the Devereux Company in their presentation of "The School for Scandal," by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and to say that the home folks were delighted would be stating the case very mildly.  They had known that her ability had won for her a place among the really great actresses of the day, but it took the actual demonstration to give them a realization of the heights to which she had attained.....The play was given in the open air on the college campus, in a natural setting which approaches closely the ideal desired by Mr. Devereux in presenting his plays.  A proscenium formed by the overhanging trees, a plank stage, green boughs for background, footlights and spotlights, a few simple pieces of furniture---these were all the stage settings to be found.  The absence elaborate and costly stage furnishings was unnoticed, so compelling was the work of the company in this environment.   It is understood that this is the first time the company has given this play, and two members had been with them but a few days, but Fayette has never seen anything which approached the performance in excellence, and Mr. Dexereux is to be congratulated upon the wonderfully proficient initial production....Miss Graf, Fayette's own "Star," was greeted with applause when she stepped upon the stage in the character of Lady Teazle, and throughout the evening to her part.  She possesses a stage manner that is natural and winning, her voice is perfectly under control, and there is a magnetism about her, especially in the crucial moments, that holds the audience still and breathless.  The suddenly opposing moods of the Lady Teazle were represented with smoothness and power and she left nothing to be desired throughout the play....While Miss Graf carries the leading part in the plays presented, the other members of the cast are scarcely outdone.  Rarely is such a group of real actors seen upon a stage.  Sophie Wilds excelled in the part of Lay Snearwell, and Agnes Elliot Scott, as Mrs. Candour, was particularly good.  Edmund Forde, Butler Manderville, Ralph Bradley, N. Murray Stevens, and Gage Bennett---these men are actors who develop their characters to the limit---and the parts carried by Nelle Patterson, Robert Long, Burr Chapman and Edgar Ware were well done.  Mr. Devereux, himself, as Sir Peter Teazle, ranks with Miss Graf in character delineation, and his skill is shown not only in his own acting but in the entire production....A vote of the audience was taken and instead of her presentation of "Arms and the Man," which has been advertised for next Monday evening, the company may play "Romeo and Juliet."  This play is one which is regularly presented by the company and one in which Miss Graf is said to be especially good.  tonight "she Stoops to Conquer" will be given and there will no doubt be a crowded house on both occasions, for such opportunities are rare in Fayette.
1919Aug21, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora and John Graf pleasantly entertained the Devereux Players at dinner Wed evening, and at the Harvest Home picnic at Klock's Island on Sunday afternoon.
1919Sep25, Fayette.IA paper: 
John Graf et al, to Amanda Katura nee Thompson Hunt, Lot 6-8 in Block 1, J.E. Robertson's 2nd Addition, Fayette.IA, $4k (Note:  NE corner of Main/7th).
1919Oct02, Fayette.IA paper: 
John Graf returned from Minneapolis, where he spent the week with his daughter, Miss Zinita, and the Devereux Players.  Miss Graf has been quite ill from Ptomaine poisoning but is now much improved.
1919Oct09, Fayette.IA paper: 
Nora Graf has been spending several day with Miss Zinita at Winona.MN.

1919Nov17, Lethbridge paper, Alberta.Canada:  Ad; Majestic two days, Nov 21-22.  The most brilliant event of the season.  The Clifford Devereux Company with Zinita Graf, English Comedies, English Actors, present Fri night & Sat matinee, "The School for Scandal" by Dr. Sherdian.  On Sat night the "Arms and the Man" by Bernard Shaw."  Prices 50c, 75c, $1, $1.50.  The Eighth Annual Tour.
1919Nov20, Medicine Hat paper, Alberta.Canada:  The Clifford Devereux Company presents Zinita Graf in "The School for Scandal."
1919Dec04, Fayette.IA paper:   The Devereux Company is touring the northwest....The Devereux Compnay of Players who sojourned in Fayette last  summer has been making a tour of the northwest and has met with wonderful success everywhere.  Press notices from all points covered are full of praise for the work of the compnay and for Fayette's star actress, Miss Zinita Graf.  The compnay will be in Seattle next week and their itinerary includes Portland and Los Angeles amount the cities of the Pacific coast.  They were in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Medicine Hat, Edmunton, Calgary and Lethbridge during  November and began showing in British Columbia cities the first of Dec....We quite from the the Saskatoon Daily Star:  Miss Zinita Graf, in the roal of Kate Hardcastle, won fresh laurels.  Saskatoon has never before seen anything as good.  Miss Graf perceives and take advantage of everyone of the wonderful opportunities in "She Stoops."  Her mummery of a barmaid is a most delicious bit of characterization....The Saskatoon Phoenix says, "She has a splendid stage presence, thoroughly graceful, good to look at, and a voice unusually charming,"  At Winnipeg the company repented the "School for Scandal" by request.  It is interesting to note that the personnel of the company remains the same as when the members were rehearsing in Fayette during their three weeks' stay.
1919Dec11, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Graf continues to receive plaudits...That Fayette people were not making an error in judgment when they assembled last summer to hear the Devereux Players is indicated by the continued flood of newspaper praises that follows their appearance in the cities at the northwest.  Concerning Miss Graf the Saskatoon Daily Star said:  "Miss Zinita Graf, it is hard at this point to keep the dumb Remington from breaking into lyric ecstasies, took the audience by storm in the role of Lady Teazie.  Her voice is a gift from heaven, so well trained you would never think it trained at all; her manner, adorable, her characterization splendid.  Doubt not she shall have scores of imitators when the amateur season rolls around; neither doubt that such perfection, such naturalness, is the result of much faithful exertion." ....Commenting on "Arms and the Man," the Gran Fork Herald said; Miss Zinita Graf was a delightful Reina. Here is a very talented artist, one with depth of feeling and splendid technical equipment.  Miss Graf is bound to go far in her chosen field.  She made Reina a very human and very likable person."

 1920
1920Jan08, Fayette.IA paper:  John & Peter Graf remain as directors of the State Bank of Fayette.
1920Jan22, Fayette.IA paper:  American relief, much credit is given to Nora Graf.
1920Feb05, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf was on the sick list last week.
1920Feb12, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf visited in Dubuque last week.
1920Apr01, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was on the sick list the first of the week.  Nora Graf and Mrs. Oliver W. Stevenson were visitors in Dubuque at the end of the week.  Z
1920apr08, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora and John Graf expect to spend Sunday with their dau Miss Zinita, and the Devereux Players at Cedar Falls.
1920May13, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora and John Graf were visitors in Sumner.
1920Jun03, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf visited her parents Sun through Tues.  The Devereux Company are at Waterloo for rehearsals.
1920Jun17, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf spent last week with Miss Zinita at Waterloo.
1920Jul01, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf had a 'raising' for a fine new barn Friday, on his farm north of Fayette.
1920Jul01, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained at the 25th wedding anniversary of H.E. Dickman & Ida C. Martin, who where married in the Graf Parlors, 25 yr ago. The Dickman's drove to Fayette to call on old friends.  Nora Graf, with her usual thoughtfulness, quietly sent out wireless messages and soon a small company gathered, each surprised to see the others there.  A pleasant social tiem was spent recalling the pasts, and delicious refreshments were served by Mrs. Graf and Mrs. Stevenson. 
1920Jul22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained a company of ladies Wed afternoon.
1920Aug12, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Katherine Miller of Ames is a guest in the John Graf home.
1920Sep09, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Zinita spent the first of the week at Dubuque.
1920Sep23, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf spend Monday in Cedar.Rapids.IA.
1920Sep30, Fayette.IA paper:  Devereux Players will appear twice in Fayette....Tues & Wed nights of next week Clifford Devereux and his company, assisted by Zinita Graf, will  present two plays to Fayette audiences.  Tues evening, "Her Husband's Wife," a comedy, and the following evening Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts", a tragedy.  The plays will be give in the Opera House.  Seats are on sale at H. I. Robinson's for $1....Fayette people have a special interest in this company in the person of Miss Zinita Graf, leading lady, and the appearance of the company in Fayette last year was so successful and so pleasing that there will no doubt be a large attendance.
1920Oct07, Fayette.IA paper:  Henry Dickman, wife & dau, Miss Zinita, and Dr. Murphy of Sumner attended the entertainment by the Devereux Players Tues. evening.
1920Oct10, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora and John Graf, Sun evening entertained a company of friends at a dinner in celebration of the birthday of their daughter, Miss Zinita (born 1893Oct03, thus was 26+yrs old at time of dinner).
1920Oct14, Fayette.IA paper:  H.J. and Anna (Graf) Hoffman of Fairmount.ND, left for Littleton.IA for a visit with his relatives, after visiting a few days in Fayette with Anna's brother John Graf and family.
1920Oct28, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Mrs. O.W. Stevenson left to attend a Woman's Club convention in Waterloo.
1920Dec02, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr. & Mrs. J.W. Dickman and Miss Lucile, Nora Graf, Veylord and Rygel Farrand, went to Sumner to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. Henry Dickman.
1920Dec09, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was a visitor in Oelwein.
1920Dec16, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century club entertained suggestions for beautifying Fayette.  Nora Graf gave a talk on the respect for the property of others, and the right use of public property.  She spoke at length on the laws enacted in city and town and their non-enforcement. 

1921
1921Jan06, Fayette.IA paper:  the annual meeting of the Congregational Church for elections and business will be at the home of Nora Graf. 
1921Jan13, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century club was entertained at the home of Nora Graf.
1921Feb24, Fayette.IA paper:  the Christian Home Aid Society will beet with Nora Graf.
1921Mar24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf on Mar 16th entertained a company of ladies in honor of Mrs. Mrs. Carrie Estey Miller of Cornelius.OR, who where Mrs. Miller's schoolmates and girhood friends.
1921Mar24, Fayette.IA paper:   Nora Graf read an original poem at the 20th Century Club meeting, giving a clever take-off on each member.
1921May05, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf arrived home for a few days' stay.
1921May19, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf went to Chicago with stock.
1921May19, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf and lady friend who have been visiting the Graf home left to join the Devereux Company at Oskaloosa.IA, where they were to play Friday eveing.
1921Aug04, Belton.TX paper:  Ad; Clifford Devereux and his company, including Zintia Graf as Sylvette, presents 'Romancers' by Edmond Rostand at Baylor College, and "Richelieu" with Ms. Graf as Julie de Moremar, Richellen's Ward.
1921Aug11, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf joined a Fayette group that drove to Devil's Backbone Park near Strawberry.Pt.IA on Sunday.  TheJohn Graf's and Miss May Moines entertained a group of friends at a dinner in honor of Dr/Mrs R.G. Rich and Miss Dorothy Rich.
1921Aug25, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs. Oliver W. Stevenson and Nora Graf spent Sat at Oelwein.
1921Sep15, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Katharine Miller of Ames arrived for a week's visit in the John Graf home.
1921Sep22, Fayette.IA paper:  Little 4yr old Jean Ross was kicked by a horse while going along the walk near the Graf Warehouse, opposite the grad school building, and quite severely injured.  The injuries are abdominal, but have proven not so serious as first indicated.  Her home is with Dr/Mra B.F. Simonson.
1921Oct06, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Grat left for a couple of days' stay at Monona.
1921Nov10, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf arrived from Des Moines Wed evening and visited with home folks until Tues.
1921Nov10, Fayette.IA paper:  The Devereux Company Presents "Romancers"....The seating capacity of the new UIU college gymnasium was taxed Mon evening when the Devereux Company presented Edmond Rostand's "Romancers."  The play given with the usual sureness and accuracy which are a part of the work of the Devereux Company.  Clifford Devereux was his usual versatile self, carrying the part of Percinct with distinctive ability.  Miss Zinita Graf strengthened the opinion of Fayette people that she is much more than an ordinary player, the fleeting moods of Sylvette being reflected with remarkable ease and piquancy.  Edmond Forde, as Straforell, was the only other member of the company known to Fayette people, and he well sustained his reputation here as an actor of the highest class.  The other member of the company, J.B. Souther as Pasquin, Reginald Fife as Bergamin, and Nanna Forbes, as Blaise, proved themselves worthy of their association with the artists who have given the Company its high place in the theatrical world...The play lost something in its presentation due to the poor acoustics of the building, but this will be remedied and it is hoped that the Devereux organization will come again.  They went from Fayette to Cedar Rapids, and their routing for the season will include only college towns.
1921Nov17, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf came up from Cedar Rapids to spend Sun with home folks.  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita spent Mon in Dubuque.
1921Dec22, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf arrived Sat to spend Christmas with home folks.

1922
1922:   John Graf continues his business and civic activities in Fayette.  His wife continues being active in various organizations, visiting, hosting.  Miss Zinita Graf remains the very successful leading lady of the Devereux Players.  Peter Graf Jr. continues his partnership with his brother John.  Both serve as State Bank of Fayette directors.
1922Jan05, Fayette.IA paper:  The P.E.O. members entertained Mon evening at Mrs. J.E. Dorman's, the occasion being their annual guest night.  Two letters from Mrs. Edna Dorman Lee were read descriptive of their trip to java.   Miss Zinita Graf gave a very interesting talk on the life and work of an actor.
1922Jan12, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf left Fri, after a three weeks' visit with home folks.  She went via Chicago and joined the Devereaux Company at Ypsilanti, where they were to play this week.  Mrs. Nora Graf accompanied her to Dubuque, returning in the evening.
1922Feb16, Fayette.IA paper:  Noral Graf is on the sick list.
1922Feb23, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf was a jury foreman for a personal injury case awarding $3.5k to Mrs. Mable Carpenter of Strawberry.Point, from suing the Interstate Telephone Co and Albert smith for $8k for injuries received while in the telephone office at Strawberry.Pt.  Note:  Peter and John Graf served on several juries.
1922Mar23, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora and John Graf received a letter from their dau, Zinita, telling that the Devereux Company was in Corinth, Miss., when a cyclone went through there, destroying buildings over a large territory and missing the hotel in which the Company was quartered by  only three blocks.  A walk about the city to view the devastation lasted for several hours, so extensive was the destruction.
1922Mar23, Fayette.IA paper: 
Nora Graf and Graham Denniston left Monday for Rochester, Minn., for examination at the Mayo hospital.  Dr. James D. Parker accompanied them.
1922May25, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf and W.N. Clothier went to Chicago last week with a shipment of stock.
1922Jun15, Fayette.IA paper. 
Weather reports by radio are going out to farmers of Iowa from the radio sending station at Iowa State College at Ames this week for the first time. Weather forecasts will be broadcasted at 9:30am and 12:40pm.
1922Jun16, Fayette.IA paper:  Fire destroyed the tenant house on the Graf Farm, occupied by Bernard Cahoe.  The family escaped but nothing was saved except a couple of chairs.
1922Jul13, Fayette.IA paper: 
Miss Zinita Graf was a visitor at the home of her parents for a short time last week, coming from DeKalb.IL  She went from Fayette to Ypsilanti.MI to rejoin the Devereux Company.
1922Jul27, Fayette.IA paper:  A midnight
fire on the Graf Farm destroyed the residence and the property of the tenant Bernard Cahoe.  The family lost everything and had no insurance.  There was insurance of $1k on the building, but that is one-third the value.  A temporary house 18x24 is being constructed for the use of the family during the summer or until a new house can be put up on the farm. 
1922Aug31, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf is spending a few day in Fayette with her parents.
1922Sep14, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf spent yesterday with Mrs. Marie Allen Whitfield in the D.B. Allen home at Arlington.
1922Sep21, Fayette.IA paper:  At the 20th Century Club meeting, Miss Zinita Graf contributed to the enjoyment by giving in an entertaining way some of the experiences and amusing incidents in the work and travels of the Devereux Company during the past year.  Miss Graf spoke enthusiastically of the people and colleges of the south and east. 
1922Sep21, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf, Miss Zinita Graf and Mrs. J. Shoemaker were callers in Oelwein.
1922Sep28, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. John Graf and Miss Zinita were guests in the Mrs. T.H. Fleming home at Manchester.
1922Oct05, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf left Tues for New York City to resume her work with the Devereux Company.  Miss Graf has been spending several weeks with her parents John and Nora Graf.
1922Oct05, Fayette.IA paper: 
Anna Graf Hoffman and husband of Fairmount.ND were visitors in the home of her brother John Grad the first of the week.
1922Oct19, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Eva Beckwith of Greeley visited in the John Graf home and attended the I.F.W.C. Convention.
1922Nov02, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf pleasantly entertained a number of friends at Dinner Sunday for the birthday anniversary of John Graf and also Clyde Combs.

1923
1923, Note:  Nora Graf continues to host Congregational Church meetings and activities.
1923Jan11, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Mrs. P.S. Walker left for a few days stay at Greeley and Dubuque.
1923Jan11, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was on the sick list the first of the week.  John Graf went to Chicago with a car load of stock last week.
1923Feb01, Fayette.IA paper:  Centenary Church neighborhood, Smithfield.Twp news; The Graf Bros placed new ranges in the R.F. Turner and John Conyne homes.
1923Mar01, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs O.W. Stevenson and Nora Graf were callers in Oewlein.
1923Mar01, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Anna (nee Miller, Dr. James) McLean gave a party in honor of Grandma and the kiddies who furnished the entertainment at the 20th Century Club Christmas program.  On Sat afternoon, " Grandma" and the "kiddies" in costume met at the John Graf home, chartered the Fayette House Hotel bus and were driven in state to the McLean residence.
1923Mar22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was quite sick the first of the week.
1923May03, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf went to Minneapolis on busienss.
1923May08, Bloomington.IN paper:  Training in Technique Key to Success on Stage, Actress Says;  Zinita Graf, Devereux Player, avers theatrical career demands physical fitness.  "A successful stage career is not a matter of talent, but of how much training you have in technique," said Miss Zinita Graf, leading lady in the Clifford Devereux company, in a talk before Prof E.G. Frazier's play-acting class yesterday.  "No girl should go on stage with the idea that a theatrical career is an easy life.  It means a sacrifice of all social pleasures and family life.  Dramatic interpretation demands the highest type of physical fitness, preserved under the most difficult of conditions.  The inconveniences of travel and constant loss of sleep are the greatest difficulties with which an actor has to contend."   Vocal Training Big Aid;  "I should advise a girl who wished to enter upon a theatrical career to take all the vocal training and expression work she can get in college, and then go to a school of dramatic art.  No Work that you do on the stage will ever be bigger than yourself.  It is for this reason that your efforts should be devoted to the development of your personality.  Besides your dramatic work in college you should practice aesthetic dancing and fencing to acquire poise and perfect control of your muscles.  And above all, if you aspire to greatness, acquire a cultural background."
1923May17, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf spend last Wed at Dubuque.  Nora Graf was a Guest of Mrs.Eva Beckwith of Greeley Thur night.  Miss Zinita Graf came from Chicago Friday morning and visited with her parents until Sunday.
1923May17, Fayette.IA paper:  One of the pleasant events scheduled for Commencement week is the coming of the Devereux Players Company, of which Miss Zinita Graf is leading lady.  The Company will present Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" on Tues evening, June 5, under the auspices of the Ladies' Professorship Associaton.
1923May24, Fayette.IA paper:  The John Graf home is being redecorated this week.
1923May31, Fayette.IA paper:  Will Present "Romeo and Juliet" in Honor of Miss Zinita Graf of U.I.U. Class of 1913; The Clifford Devereux Company appearing at the College Chapel on June 5th, has established a reputation as the foremost exponents of worth-while drama, and is proving that to the highest degree of popular enjoyment and educational value are possible at one time.  The Company produces only the best plays of the world's greatest dramatists....They are coming here under L.P.A. auspices, and will present "Romeo and Juliet."  Miss Zinita Graf, leading lady, was graduated from UIU in 1913, and the engagement is in honor of the 1913 Class....Full recognition of their work has been accorded by their frequent engagements at Harvard, Columbia University, University's of Michigan, Virginia, North Caroline, Wisconsin, and practically all the major universities of the country, as well as at Vassar and many other of the prominent women's colleges....The members of the company are especially selected for their experience and ability to give adequate interpretation to exacting characterizations.
1923Jun07, Fayette.IA paper:  Tues evening the special feature of this year's Commencement took place when the Devereux Players presented "Romeo and Juliet" in honor of the UIU Class of 1913, of which the leading lady, Miss Zinita Graf, is a member....It is a great privilege for Fayette audiences to hear players of such talent as the Devereux Company, and especially to know that a woman of such great talent as Miss Graf is one of their own townspeople.  In "Romeo and Juliet" Miss Graf held her audience completely through the duration of the play.  Her beauty, her melodious voice and her emotional acting make her superb.  The stillness of the tomb filled the UIU Chapel frequently as during tense moments the spectators were gripped by the power of her acting.  Other members of the company showed the skill of the trained and seasoned actors, and Mr. Devereux himself was his usual debonair and charming personality.  The entire portrayal of the drama was wonderfully done.  After the play a recept ion was held at the home of Miss Graf's parents, Nora and John Graf, where people of the town and college were given an opportunity to meet the members of the company and offer their congratulations upon their truly praise-worthy performance. 
1923Jun14, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss zinita Graf was at home for a couple of days the first of the week.
1923Jul19, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf left Tues for Madison.WI, her dau Miss Zinita and the Devereux Company being at that place.
1923Sep13, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Warehouse now occupied by the Independence Produce Company will soon be repaired and put in shape for winter quarters for the tenants.
1923Sep13, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf is at the Graf Farm near Lima, superintending the picking and shipping of the mammoth crop of apples.

1924
1924Jan31, Fayette.IA paper:  New Movie Theater will be erected (The Cozy Theater, later the Dahls Fayette Theater) Albert Steggall buys lot on Main.ST and will put up Moving Picture House soon.  The first steps toard the erection of a new moving picture theater were taken when Albert Steggall purchased from the Graf Bros the lot next to the Leader (paper) office on the north....He expects to build next spring a new brick moving picture theater, 26x80ft, in th elatest approved manner for the purpose.  It is expected  the building will seat 250 people and it will be made as convenient and comfortable as modern methods can bring about.  There will be a basement under the entire structure and the heating plant will be a furnace.  The street entrance will be built in the approved style, with ticket office in the approved style, with ticket office set back from the street and commodious foyer surrounding it.   The work will start as soon as possible after March 1st.
1924Mar16, Fayette.IA paper:  What was left of the Graf Bros Warehouse next to the Leader Office was torn down, and the ground was being cleared for the erection of a new theater building y A.J. Steggall.
1924Jul03, Fayette.IA paper:  The annual meeting of the Civic Improvement Association will be held at the home of Mrs. John Graf.
1924Jul24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf returned from a visit with her dau Miss Zinita, going with the Company to places in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
1924Sep18, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs G.O. Stone, Nora Graf and Mrs. F.S. Walker attended the movie "The Covered Wagon," at Oelwein on Tues afternoon.
1924Sep18,Fayette.IA paper:  W.H. Crumrine died suddenly of Apoplexy Aug29 at his home in Brandon.IA.  He was formerly owner of the J. Stansbury farm north of Fayette.  He had recently returned form a visit with relatives in the east.  He was a cousin of Nora Graf, and the Graf's attended the funeral.
1924Sep25, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained at dinner Sunday for the birthday of her bro/law, Peter Graf Jr.
1924Sep25, Fayette.IA paper:  John & Nora Graf, Henry henniges and family, Fred Gremmels and family spent Sun with relatives in Manchester.
1924Sep25, Fayette.IA paper:  Devereux Players are coming at early date.  Two plays will be presented in October at the UIU Gym by the popular Company.  The Devereux Players including Miss Zinita Graf, will present "the Mummy's Ear Ring," as a matinee performance and "The Barber of Seville" as the evening performance...."the Mummy's Ear Ring" is by a Spanish author and is an unusual play, as it starts as a comedy and ends as a tragic epilogue.  This play with its numerous changes from the humorous of drama to that of pathos is one that will keep its audience deeply interested as well as highly entertained...."The Barber of Seville" is an Elizabethan comedy by Beaumarchais, highly entertaining and very interesting.  The singing and melody introduced in this play by Mr. Devereux and Miss Graf is a treat for all music lovers.
1924Oct02...Ad in paper for Devereus Players' performance.
1924Oct02, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was a caller in Oelwein.  Jake & Anna Graf Hoffman of Fairmount.ND came for a visit in Anna's brother, the John Graf home.
1924Oct02, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr. Murphy and family and Miss Liewellyn of Sumner were callers in the John Graf home.  Nora Graf entertained a small company of ladies for a luncheon. 
1924Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:  The Devereux Players, in which Company Miss Zinita Graf of Fayette is leading lady, resented "The Barber of Seville" Friday night in the UIU gymnasium and "the Mummy's Ear Ring" Saturday night.  The plays were given with the usual perfection in acting expected of the Devereux Company, Miss Graf and Mr. Devereux taking the leading parts with their accustomed ability.  They were supported by a proficient cast, and the plays were heartily enjoyed by the audiences.  a reception was given at the John Graf home Sat evening after the play.
1924Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Andrew Rector of Greeley attended the Devereux play Sat and were present at the reception given for the Company at the John Graf home.
1924Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:  A general reception was held at the John Graf home Sat evening in honor of Miss Zinita Graf and the other members of the Devereux Players.
1924Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:  Jake and Anna Graf Hoffman from SD went to Littleton, for a few days visit with Jakes relatives.  They will return for a longer stay in her brother John Graf's home.
1924Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:   Nora Graf left Monday with Miss Zinita for Des Moines where the Devereux Company is playing this week.
1924Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf received a telegram regarding the death of Dr. William Arnold Shanklin, with a private service at the his residnce in Jackson Ht's, NY, services at the church and interment at Bloomington.IN.
1924Oct16, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf went to Cedar Rapids and Mt. Vernon, the Devereux Players giving entertainments at Cornell College the first of the week.
1924Oct23, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Paul Grunig (Olive Sylvester) of Hotchkiss.CO, was a guest in the John Graf home.
1924Nov06, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf pleasantly entertained a few ladies at her home in honor of Miss Anna Edwards.  Nora and John Graf entertained Monday evening for Mr/Mrs E.C. Fussell, who left Tues for Redlands.CA to spend winter with their dau and other relatives.
1924Nov13, Fayette.IA:  Dr/Mrs Murphy of Sumner and Mrs Martin of Minneapolis spent Wed in the John Graf home.


1925|
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...Reuben Strayer would take over the Graf Bro's Hardware store.


1925Jan22, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf has been sick with the prevailing grippe.
1925Feb05, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr. Raymond A. McLean (son of Dr. James.W Mclean) accompanied John Graf to Iowa City on Tues.  Mr. Graf going for an examination.
1925Feb19, Fayette.IA paper:  At the Westfield Twp, Farm Bureau meeting, Nora Graf played the organ for "America."
1925Feb19, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf gave an exceptionally fine paper on Nutrition at the 20th Century Club meeting.  Mrs. Anna (nee Miller, wf of Dr. James W) McLean, in her usual interesting mannor gave a talk on the organization of Fayette's first band and illustrated her reminiscences with selections on the piano.
1925Apr23, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita, Mrs. F.S. Walker and Miss May Jones were callers in Sumner.
1925Apr30, Fayette.IA paper:  John/Nora Graf and Miss Zinita entertained a few friends at dinner Thur evening.
1925Apr30, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was an overnight guest of Mrs. Eva Beckwith at Greeley, who has been sick for several months.
1925May14, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf has received notice of the death of Rev. F.W. Weatherwax, who at one time was pastor of the Congregational Church in Fayette.  He was 75yrs old and died at his home in Clayton.NJ.  Burial was at Indianpolis.IN.
1925Jun18, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Mrs. Charles D. Neff, and Mrs. F.S. Walker left yesterday for Cedar Falls where they will visit with Miss Zinita Graf and attend the entertainments given by the Devereux Players.
1925Jun25, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf returned Tues from Yankton.SC having accompanied her dau Miss Zinita, from Cedar Falls where the Devereux Players gave entertainments.
1925Aug13, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bros shipped out a car load of apples the last of the week to Miller.SD.
1925Aug27, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Bros are shipping their second car of apples from their orchard near Lima to Miller.SD, where they are handled by Ben Hancock, a former resident of Fayette.  It is expected that there will be another carload, at least from this orchard, which was fortunate in escaping the frost which last spring killed off a large part of the apple crop in Iowa.  The apples are of fine quality.
1925Sep24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf left for Des Moines to attend a joint session of the board of county chairmen and committees of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs.  She plans to visit Mrs. Miller at Ames.
1925Oct01, Fayette.IA paper:  Jake and Anna Graf Hoffman of Fairmount.ND are guests in the John Graf home.
1925Oct08, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is on the sick list this week.  Jake and Anna Graf Hoffman of Fairmount.ND left after a few days visit with her brothers John and Peter Graf.
1925Oct15, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf is still on the sick list and remains about the same.
1925Oct22, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf arrived the first of the week, called by the serious illness of her father John Graf.
1925Oct29, Fayette.IA paper:  John Graf's condition shows little change.  George Potts as been working in the Graf Bros store since last week.
1925Nov12, Fayette.IA  paper:  John Graf obit;  Fayette Business Man is Called Beyonf...John Graf for many years in business in Fayette passed away Sunday, Nov 8th.  John Graf was born on the Graf Farm a mile south of Lima.IA, 1863Oct30 and died 1925Nov08, age 63.  He was the son and third of five children born to Peter and Barbara Wagoner Graf, who coming from Luxemburg/German, were among the first pioneers to establish permanent homes in this locality (Lima/Albany area).  To a common school education John added some study at UIU, including the courses offered in the Hurd's Business College (later UIU's Commercial Dept)....Mr. Graf very early discovered his strong inclination for practical business life and in 1882, at the age of 19y, he came to Fayette, entering the hardware business as a partner with Adam Fussell. This firm, Fussell & Graf, later became Kemmerer & Graf.  Later Mr. Kemmerer's place was taken by Peter Graf Sr, and Peter Graf Jr, and the firm would beome Graf and Sons.  In 1890 Peter Graf Sr withdrew from the firm and since it has been the Graf Bros, a partnership that has lasted 35yrs....John Graf on 1888Nov15, at Edgewood.IA married Miss Nora Davidson of Fayette (her family having started in the Colesburg/Edgwood area), dau of Thomas and Mary Margaret Davidson.  John and NOra had one child, dau Zinita Graf, now of New York City....Few men devote their whole lives so intently, intelligently and successfully to a single business enterprise.  His firm, in addition to a large regular hardware business has at different times operated grain elevator and warehouse, bought/sold live stock of all kinds, sold farm implements and for many years has operated the old home Graf Farm and Orchard still owned by the family....His faithfulness to his own affairs, his reputation for absolute honesty, he knowledge by all that he was unusually well read and informed, a man of excellent judgment, have caused his fellow citizens to draft him for local public service.  He has been a member of the School Board and a member of the Fayette Town Council at various times....When the State Bank of Fayette organized, John Graf was one of the original stockholders and has always been a member of its Board of Directors, serving on its most important committees.  His wide business experience, knowledge of patrons, and good judgment have made him a very valuable officer in the Bank....Mr. Graf was not a member of any fraternal organization.  His inherent strength of character no doubt made him feel the need of such formal organizations much less than do many men.  But he was always a socially minded man and wherever he was he had friends and congenial companions surrounding him.  Mr. Graf was a man of unusually clean and upright living whose closest friends were always substantial and worth while folks....Mr. Graf had been in failing health for several months, but it was only five weeks ago at his physician's emphatic orders his powerful will to "keep going" surrendered and he took to his bed.  Though everything was done that skilled and affectionate hands could do there was really no hope for his recovery.  Sclerosis of the kidney and brain was the cause of his untimely decease.  He had crowded his years so full of labor that for him Nature had subtracted a few from her usual allotment of three score and ten.  He was the kind of man who will be greatly missed in his home, in his store, and in teh community.  He was a real foundation stone in the social structure of his time....John Graf is survived by his wife, Nora Graf and his dau Miss Zinita.  Of his two brothers and two sisters, there survive one brother Peter Graf Jr. of Fayette, and one sister Anna Graf Hoffman of Fairmount.ND.  Funeral services were held at the home with Dr. D.M. Parker officiating, and interments was in Grandview Cem at Fayette. 
1925Nov12, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Miller of Des.Moines came to attend the funeral of John Graf, and spend a few days with Mrs. Nora Graf.  Miss Anna Edwards of Northwood came to attend the funeral of John Graf and spend a few days with Mrs. Nora Graf and will leave soon for CA to spend the winter months.  C.R. Carpenter, who is spending a few weeks in Des Moines, came to attend the funeral of John Graf. Mr/Mrs. Andrew Rector of Greeley came to attend the funeral of John Graf.  Miss Wilson of the Devereux Players Company came to spend a few days with Nora Graf and Miss Zinita.  Mrs. John Owens and dau, and Mrs. E. Helserman of West Union attended the funeral of John Graf.  Mrs. Ocker of Manchester and Miss Madge Porter of Strawberry Point attended the funeral of John Graf.
1925Nov19, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf and Miss Wilson left for Oshkosh.WI to join the Devereux Players.
1925Nov29, Fayette.IA paper:  A deal is underway for the purchase of the Graf Bros Hardware store by Reuben A. Strayer.
1925Dec03, Fayette.IA paper:  Inventory of the Graf Hardware stock has begun.
1925Dec20, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr turned the Graf Hardware business over to Reuben A. Strayer, after 35 years in the business (1890-1925).
1925Dec31, Fayette.IA paper:  Will the friends who brought food to the Graf home during John's illness please phone Nora about any dishes not returned.


1926
1926Jan07, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf visited Mason City last week.  Nora Graf is confined to the house with a severe cold this week.
1926Jan14, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf is still numbered with the sick.
1926Feb04, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf writes that she and Miss Edwards are comfortably located at San Diego, and that although in some ways she still has trouble with her ears and has not regained her hearing.
1926Feb18, Fayette.IA paper:  Word is received from Nora Graf that she is much better, that she has consulted a specialist and has regained her hearing.  She and Miss Edwards are enjoying San Diego and beautiful flowers and plan to stay for a month.
1926Feb25, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf writes she and Miss Edwards are leaving San Diego for a visit with friends at Santa Ana.
1926Feb25, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. H.D. Simar, at her home in San Diego, entertained at a dinner in honor of Nora Graf of Fayette.IA.  Among those present were Mrs. W.L. Dennis and Miss Bertha Field of El Cajon.CA, former Fayette people.
1926Apr08, Fayette.IA paper:  Contains a full column of paragraphs from a letter written by Nora Graf to a friend in Fayette regarding points of interest on her trip west.
1926Apr29, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf left for Cedar Rapids where he met his niece Miss Zinita, who returned with him for a few days stay.
1926May06, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf writes that she and Miss Edwards left for San Francisco.  After a few days stay, they will go to Salt Lake City, and then to St.Louis where they will spend a few days with Miss Zinita, followed by returning back to Fayette
1926Jun17, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs R. Cerney and Miss Anna Edwards of Northwood visited in the Nora Graf home and took in the UIU Commencement program.  The 20th Century Club met at Nora Graf's home.   As part of the program Nora told of her experiences while motoring in a sand storm in the desert and other items of interest.
1926Jun24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was a caller in West Union.
1926Jul01, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs C. Carpenter, Mrs. A.E. Whitney, Nora Graf and Mrs. W.C. Denniston spent the week end in Northwood with friends.
1926Jul08, Fayette.IA paper.  Nora Graf has a new Buick car.
1926Jul15, Fayette.IA paper:  Rock Register for the M.E. Church fireplace to be built by Walter Eugene Hunt:  Nora Graf, rock 38 of 105, from Ill Creek Canyon.  Nora Graf and Mrs. Fussell were in West Union yesterday.
1926Jul29, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf left Friday to join Miss Zinita and accompany the Devereux Co. to points in Wisconsin.
1926Jul29, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf is having her residence re-shingled.
1926Aug05, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf has returned from a trip in Wisconsin with Miss Zinita and the Devereux Players.
1926Aug19, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Weatherwax and dau Sarah of Clayton.NJ came to visit with Nora Graf and other friends.
1926Aug26, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf took Mrs. Weatherwas & Sarah to Dubuque to visit friends in Bellevue.
1926Sep16, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita arrived for a visit with her mother, Nora Graf, other relatives and friends.
1926Sep23, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. G. C. Denniston, Nora Graf and Miss Zinita spent Tues in Charles City.  Nora Graf entertained a company of ladies at dinner in honor of Mrs. Martin Cronk, who is here from CA.  Nora Graf went to Des Moines Wed of last week to attend a committee meeting of the county chairmen of the I.F.W.C.
1926Oct07, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita left for several days visit with friends in Chicago.  Nora Graf and Mrs. J.N. Pellymounter went to Greely to attend the funeral of Mrs. Eva Beckwith.
1926Oct07, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was hostess of a number of friends complimentary to Mrs. E.C. Fussell, who leaves for Cedar Rapids.
1926Oct28, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita returned from a couple of weeks visit with friends in Chicago and the area.
1926Oct28, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita drove to Northwood for a visit with Miss Anna Edwards.
1926Nov04, Fayette.IA paper:  MRs. M.J. Collett was hostess at a dinner complimentary to Miss Zinita Graf.
1926Nov11, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita were business callers in Oelwein.  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita drove to Cedar Rapids and back Friday.
1926Nov18, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/rs Urban Faber spend a few days with Nora Graf and Miss Zinita before returning to Chicago.
1926Nov25, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita returned from a visit with friends in Yanton.SD.  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita will entertain a company of friends at a Thanksgiving Dinner.
1926Dec02, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita, Mrs. R.B. McCormack and Arthur Carpenter were callers in Oelwein.
1926Dec16, Fayette.IA paper:  A number of friends gathered at the home of Nora Graf for a social time.  Nora and Zinita were wished a pleasant trip and enjoyable winter in New York City.

1927
1927Jan20, Fayette.IA paper:  Word is received from Nora Graf that she and Zinita were to sail Wed Jan12, on the President Harding for England.  Their address for the next three months will be: %Messrs. Thomas Cook & Son, Ldt, Berkeley.St, Picadilly, London, W.I. England.
1927Mar03, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr has returned from a visit with his sister Anna Graf Hoffman and family in Fairmount.ND.
1927Mar10, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr left yesterday for Fairmount.ND to attend the funeral of his neice (Mabel Annette nee Hoffman Flennor (Walter) 1892May-1927Mar08).
1927May19, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf & Miss Zinita returned to Fay ette after a trip to England.  They visited relatives on Nora's side at Unionville.PA. 
1927May26, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf celebrated her birthday Sunday by giving a dinner for a few freinds.
1927Jun09, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita Graf was at home over the week end.  The 20th Century Club will meet at the home of Nora Graf, who will give a talk on her trip to England.
1927Jun16, Fayette.IA paper:  The front of the Graf building in which the Strayer Hardware Store (Rueben Strayer, son of Valentine Strayer) is located, has received a new coat of paint.
1927Jun30, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Mr/Mrs Robert B. McCormack (neighbor across Main.St) spend Sun/Mon in Dubuque.
1927Jun30, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Mrs. Nellie Walker, with Arthur Carpenter driving, motored to Mankato.MN on Tues to see Miss Zinita and the Devereux Company.
1927Jun30, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf has had her residence newly painted.
1927Jul28, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained a few friends at dinner in honor of former county agent Clyde H. Combs.
1927Aug04, Fayette.IA paper:  The Civic Improvement Assoc. will have a special meeting at the home of Nora Graf to consider the care and trimming of the trees at Klock's Island.  A full attendance is desired.
1927Aug11, Fayette.IA paper:  Klock's Island Trees to get attention; Davey Tree experts going through walnut grove at city park to better the trees.  The ladies of the Civic Improvement Association have been talking for several years about taking action to trim the dead wood and to preserve some of the best trees that appear to need attention.  The ladies met at Nora Graf's home and voted to do something about the trees.  They have arranged with representatives of the "Davey Tree Expert Co. Inc," of Kent.Oh to do one hundred dollars worth of work on the Island this year.  Already a large number of dying or defective trees  to be removed have been blazed by Davey and the ladies, and will eventually be removed to give the remaining trees more room for growth.  There are some good trees that need tree surgery work.  Out of nearly 300 trees on the grounds many by proper care can be grown into valuable lumber. The ladies have only a few dollars in the association treasure at present time.  They are expecting to hold bake sales and do other things to raise funds and appeal to the public to cooperate with them in their efforts.
1927Sep01, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita is expected for a few days stay with her mother, Nora Graf.
1927Sep01, Fayette.IA paper:  The Bridge Benefit at Royal Neighbor Hall was attended by about ninety.   The afternoon was spend playing bridge and 500.  Mrs. Maude Strayer and Nora Graf of Fayette were among the prize winners.
1927Sep22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita were callers in Oelwein.
1927Sep29, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Miss Zinita and Mrs. Nellie Walker were callers in Oewlein.
1927Sep29, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century Club held its annual Old Friends' Dinner in the broad room of the M.E. Church.  Two of the prizes were the gift of Miss Zinita Graf.  Besides the club ladies and husbands and the old friends there were several guests, among which was Miss Zinita Graf of New York City.
1927Oct06, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Zinita Graf left to spend a few days with friends in Chicago.  Nora Graf and Mrs. O.W. Stevenson left to attend a district meeting of the I.F.W.C at Northwood.
1927Oct13, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita was on the sick list the last of the week.  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita left for Chicago.  Miss Zinita will join the Devereux Players and Nora expects to return the last of the week.
1927Oct20, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf returned Sat after spending the week with Miss Zinita and the Devereux Players.
1927Oct20, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. E.C. Fussell came up from Cedar Rapids for a few days with Nora Graf and friends.  Nora Graf, Mrs. E.C. Fussell and Mrs. Nellie Walker spent yesterday with friends in West.Union.
1927Nov03, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Peter Graf Jr and Mrs. O.W. Stevenson were callers in Guttenberg, Elkader and Littleport on Sunday.  Nora Graf, Mrs. Charles D. Neff, Mrs. M.L. Hathaway and Mrs. Rose Thompson were callers in Oelwein yesterday.  Nora Graf, Mrs. W.C. Denniston, Mrs. L. Goebel and Miss Madge Benton were callers in Elkader last week.
1927Nov24, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs J.H. Boyce, Dr/Mrs Charles D. Neff, Mr/Mrs M.L. Hathaway, Mrs. Rose Thompson, Nora Graf, Peter Graf Jr, Miss May Jones, Miss Vera Temple and Miss Pauline Haas are Thanksgiving day guests in the home of Mrs. Nellie Walker.
1927Dec08, Fayette.IA paper:  Messrs. Hettler, Graf and Stearns went to Lansing Sat on business.  Nora Graf gave a pleasing account of the proceeding of the district convention held at Northwood.
1927Dec22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was on the sick list several days last week.  Miss Zinita is here to spend the holidays with her mother Nora Graf and uncle Peter Graf Jr, and numerous friends.

1928
1928Jan05, Fayette.IA paper:  Nors Graf and Miss Zinita, and Mrs. J.P. Van Horn left for California.  Mrs. Van Horn will spend the winter with her sister at San Bernardina.  Nora and Zinita at Los Angeles and other points.  Miss Zinita will remain in California for a couple of months and then take the southern trip by boat to New York City.
1928Jan19, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf is visiting at Redlands.CA with Mrs. E.C. Fussell.
1928Feb23, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita writes from CA that her mother Nora Graf suffered an operation for the removal of her tonsils from which she is gaining slowy.
1928Apr12, Fayette.IA paper:  The final meeting of the year for the 20th Century Club will be at the home of Nora Graf.
1928Apr19, Fayette.IA paper:  Barney Google stopped off from his presidential campaign at Fayette to inspect UIU as a place to complete the education of his driver Sunshine.  The occasion was doubly significant in that Fayette announcement could be made that Fayette as a town had gone over $90k in the UIU campaign for $300k.  This was made possible at this time by the receiving of two $1k subscriptions from Nora Graf and dau Miss Zinita Graf, now in California.  Miss Zinita is known to many as the leading lady in the Devereaux Players.  The Graf home is in Fayette.
1928May24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf is expected arrive from California where she spent the winter months.  Mrs. Stella Fussell will accompany her but will stop at Cedar Rapids to visit her son before coming to Fayette.
1928Jun14, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was one of the guests at a luncheon at the E.H. Estey home in West.Union.
1928Jun21, Fayette.IA paper:  Among the guests entertained at a luncheon given by Miss Zinita Graf in Hollywood, Calif., were Mrs. Mary Arnold Shanklin Daggett, Mrs. Bessie Fleming Harwood, Mrs. Lillian Fleming Lloyd, Miss Sue Fleming and the Misses Helen and Ruth Baker.  These ladies are UIU graduates.
1928Jul05, Fayette.IA paper:  A number of friends gathered at the home of Nora Graf and celebrated the fourth. 
1928Aug23, Fayette.IA paper:  A number of friends from Manchester drove to the Nora Graf home Thur and spend the day at a fine picnic dinner.
1928Aug30, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Robert B. McCormack and Nora Graf left for the State Fair at Des Moines.  The McCormack's will visit in the home of her brother, Ora Sykes.  Nora Graf will be the guest of Mrs Miller, formerly county (extension) demonstration agent here.
1928Sep27, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Anna Edwards of Northwood came for a visit in the Nora Graf home. 
1928Oct04, Fayette.IA paper:  A small company gathered at the home of Nora Graf Sat evening and enjoyed bridge, the occasion being the farewell for Mrs. Stella Fussell who left Sunday for Cedar Rapids.
1928Oct11, Fayette.IA paper:  Jake Hoffman and son Verne of Fairmount.SD, were callers in the Nora Graf (m/law & aunt) home Sunday evening.
1928Nov01, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century club will meet Monday.  Pictures/slides of scenes in Naples, Venice and Florence will be shown and Nora Graf will lecture on the subjects as seen by her in her trip to Europe.
1928Nov08, Fayette.IA paper:  Jake A. Hoffman of Fiarmount.ND visited Nora Graf and Peter Graf Jr. last week.  Peter Graf Jr. returned Friday from Fairmount.ND where he attended the funeral of his sister Anna, Mrs. Jake Hoffman.
1928Dec20, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was in Oelwein on business.  Nora Graf leaves Friday for Hollywood.CA, having received word that her dau Miss Zinita is ill with an attack of the flu.

1929
1929Mar07, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf writes of attending a play in Hollywood directed by Miss Nelye Dickson, a former students at UIU in Fayette, who is now a director of plays and dramatic work at Hollywood.CA.
1929Apr25, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr has been in the Oelwein hospital for several days taking treatment.
1929May02, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita plan to arrive from California the first week in May.
1929May09, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf has returned from the Oelwein hospital and is improved in health.
1929May09, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf and Miss Zinita returned Monday from Hollywood.CA, where Miss Graf has been for the past year and where Mrs. Graf spent the winter.
1929May16, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita left for a few days visit with Miss Anna Edwards at Northwood.IA.
1929 May23, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Zinita was on the sick list several days, but is now improved. 
1929May30, Fayette.IA paper:  In response to invitations issued by Mrs. Nora Graf about 65 ladies gathered at her home for a Friday afternoon spent in social converse.  Delicious refreshments were served and the ladies received Cupid cards containing the announcement of the engagement of Miss Zinita and Mr. Harry Baylies.
1929May30, Fayette.IA paper:  A reception was held Wed evening at the Mrs. Graf home in honor of Miss Zinita and Mr. Harry L. Baylies of Beverly Hills, Calif.
1929May30, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Anna Edwards of Norhtwood came to visit in the Nora Graf home and be present at the wedding of Miss Zinita.  Monday afternoon there was a Parcel Shower held for Miss Zinita by several hostesses.
1929Jun06, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Graf and Harry L. Balies Wed;  Local girl and California business man wed May 30.  On of the reasons why Miss Zinita Graf has been much loved by her fellow townsmen is the fact that with all the opportunities for varied and delightful living, she has never forgotten her home friends and home ties, so after having spent several years with the Devereux Players and the last two years in California, she returned with her mother to be married in her mother's home and among her old friends....About 50 friends assembled at the Graf home Thur morning, May 30, when Miss Graf and Mr. Harry L. Baylies were married....After congratulations of friends a wedding breakfast was served to the guests....Mr/Mrs Baylies motored to Chicago and thence to New York City, and are expected to be at home at 300 Speedway Drive, Beverly Hills Calif, about June15....Miss Zinita graduated from the local high school and Upper Iowa University, from Emerson School of Expression in Boston, and was several years the leading lady with the Devereux Players, who were counted the outstanding company in the United States, playing the classics before university audiences....Mr. Baylies, son of Judge Baylies of Chicago, is a prominent business man (manufacturing/marketing fencing) in Los Angeles....One of the wishes of Miss Zinita was that Mr. Baylies might meet her friends so that he might feel at home here, and a pre-nuptial dinner was therefore served Wed evening at the home of Dr/Mrs John Dorman.
1929Jul04, Fayette.IA paper:  Miss Margaret Bud of Los Angeles is a guest of Nora Graf.
1929Jul11, Fayette.IA paper:  Directors of the State Bank of Fayette;  A.J. Fox, A.A. Carter, Peter Graf Jr, J.W. Dickman.
1929Jul18, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr. was among those contracting for limestone (agricultural lime), 50 ton, from the local quarry.  Note:  The Weaver quarry near/south of the depot opened up at this time to supply material for the paving of Hwy 11 in Buchanan.Co.IA (Hwy 150).
1929Aug08, Fayette.IA paper:  Peter Graf Jr. and his farm tenant have purchased a new Chevrolet truck for hauling apples and use on the farm.  John Kelly has been busy this week making several bodies and racks for the truck.
1929Aug08, Fayette.IA paper:  Nors Graf and Peter Graf Jr. were amount a Fayette group that drove to Guttenberg Sunday, where they enjoyed a picnic, returning via Volga."
1929Aug29, Fayette.IA paper:  Friends gathered at Nora Graf's home Sunday, the guest of honor being Miss Fannie Grannis of St.Paul, who is back visiting in Fayette.
1929Aug29, Fayette.IA paper:  L.D. Shaffer took a load of Graf apples to Oelwein Monday.
1929Sep19, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. E.C. Fussell left for Cedar Rapids where she will visit her son Harold, after spending several weeks with Nora Graf and friends.  She will then return to Hollywood.CA.
1929Oct03, Fayette.IA paper:  L.D. Shaffer and Peter Graf Jr returned from a trip into Wisconsin, where they went to see a 1200a apple orchard at Gay's Mills, 36mi north of Prairie du Chien.  They brought back several kinds of apples grown on this tract, among them one twig from a Delicious tree, which had seventeen apples on it.
1929Oct10, Fayette.IA paper:  J.W. Kelly has been making some improvement at the Peter Graf farm just south of Lima this week.  Zinita and Harry L. Baylies of Beverly Hills are expected this week for few days' visit in the home of her mother, Nora Graf.
1929Oct17, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained a small company at dinner, complimentary to her dau (Miss Zinita) and husb Mr/Mrs Harry Baylies of Beverly Hills, Calif.
1929Oct17, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Harry L. Baylies (Miss Zinita) of Beverly Hills, Calif, let for Chicago after a visit since Wed with her mother, Nora Graf.
1929Dec26, Fayette.IA paper:  Ad for Strayer's Hardware (formerly the Graf Bro's Hardware).
1929, Fayette.IA paper:  Note; Nora Graf continued socially/civically active in Fayette throughout the year.

1930
1930Jan09, Fayette.IA paper:  A number gathered at Nora Graf's home New Year's eve.  The evening was devoted to bridge and light refreshements.
1930Jan23, Fayette.IA paper:  Reminiscence (of Albany/Lima area) by A.C. Nefzger, now of Vida.MT:  How well I remember the home of my childhood....On the banks of the stream (Volga River) where the old elm tree stood (reminiscing of the Albany area)....And just up the stream right across from the hill....You could hear the rumble of the old grist mill (Earle's Mill at Albany)....A dam ran across to the bank covered with grass....And the pond full of fish where you could catch bass....And the boat on the pond all equipped with good oars....Where you could ride amid cheers and encores.....Then just up the stream a half mile or so (to the south of the Albany mill dam at the end of the mill pond)....Where the old wooden bridge stood years ago (about mid-way between the mill dam and the Albany steel bridge now abandoned but still standing in the early 2k's)....A road ran across this bridge up the ravine....Where on the right side of the old lime kiln could be seen....Then on up the ravine and the road was rough....Till you came to the fields on the bluff....The first thing you saw on the left hand side....Was the old Graf Orchard, so long and so wide....Where all kinds of apples grew year after year....And you could walk in and eat without fear....Then on up the road till you struck the highway (county dirt/gravel road leading N/S down into Lima)....And the old Parker place that always looked gay....And now back we go right over the ridge....to the volga River and the old wooden bridge....And on up the steam not more than a mile....They built a new bridge that would make you smile (the steel Albany bridge)....One end on the rocks, the other on the sand....Where it took lots of work to make an abutment stand....Then on up the stream a mile and a half....Was the old Marvin mill; it would make you laugh....To see them saw logs into all kinds of lumber....They would saw night and day and disturb you slumber....then on the river a mile or so more....Was the big rock that tumbled in from the shore (upstream from the Marvin Mill below Orr's Bluff)....Where we used to set traps and catch muskrats.....And right back on this rock was a den of wild cats.....Not memory goes back to the old elm tree....That stands right down from the town of Albany....Right west of this tree and on Main Street....Was a nice little store where they sold things to eat (the Oelberg store at Albany)....Then down the street a block or two.... was where they made baskets and sewed up your shoe....and down still farther and across the street....Was where they wove carpets (Fauser family of weavers), oh so neat....And now we cross over to street number two....With a saloon on the corner that calls to you (Nefzger saloon)....And where they sold whiskey made from corn (Nefzger distillery located near Marvin's mill)....And where they kept open from morn to morn....Then on up the street the old tailor shop stood (Oelberg family)....Where they did all kinds of sewing and did it good....And next was a cabinet shop run by Dow....Next was a blacksmith shop where they sharpened your plow....then came the school house and the old oak trees (Albany school)....From which hung the swing that swayed in the breeze....Where the teacher and children had just lots of fun....From the time school let out till the last bell rung....And now we go back to the old elm tree....That stood on the bank of the old Volga (reminiscing going downstream from Albany to Lima)....Right across from this tree on the side of the hill....Was where they made lime in the old lime kiln....Just west of the lime kiln, down over the hill....Flowed the Volga river so silent and still....And at the edge of the steam where Big Rock stood....Us boys found fishing that was very good....Then just down the stream ten rods or so....You could cross on the stones where the water was low....then down we go while the water does sing....The next thing we come to is the good old spring....Where the town folks all got water to drink....And once in a while you got sight of a mink....then down the river forty rods or more....Where the road from the down came close to the shore....Was the old California Hole so deep and clear....Where us boys used to swim and shout and cheer....then down the river past the Dan Andrews place....Where water ran over the riffle swift as a mill race....Then down the stream with banks so green....And the most beautiful trees you ever have seen....Then the next thing we come to is the old Lima Mill....And then across the river right up to the hill....Then right below this was the old Lima bridge....With the school house in sight right up on the ridge....Now back to  the starting point we go with a sigh....And with nothing more to write I will bid you good bye!
1930, Fayette.IA paper:  Numerous entries where Nora Graf continued to entertain, be a hostess, play bridge, socialize, stay involved in civic activities, visit area friends/towns,
1930Apr24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was hostess at an Easter dinner served at the Sugar Bowl Cafe Sunday (just south of the Bank), Peter Graf Jr. was one of the guests.
1930May15, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf received word that her dau Zinita Graf Baylies of Beverly Hills, underwent an operation for appendicitis Thurs night, May 8, from which she seems to be gaining nicely.
1930Sep25, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was hostess at a dinner Sunday for the birthday of her b/law Peter Graf Jr.
1930Oct09, Fayette.IA paper:   Zinita and Harry F. Baylies of Beverly Hills, Calif., came Friday for a visit with her mother, Nora Graf.  They left by the auto route Monday for New York.  Nora accompanied them to Dubuque.  Sat evening several friends of Miss Zinita Graf Baylies gathered at the Nora Graf to celebrate Zinita's birthday with a picnic dinner and social time.
1930Oct16, Fayette.IA paper:  At the 20th Century Club meeting part of the program was Nora Graf telling of her experiences traveling in Italy and Sicily with her dau Zinita.
1930Oct23, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry F. Baylies returned Tues evening from their Eastern trip.  They are leaving via the auto route for their home in Beverly Hills.  Nora Graf will accompany them for a few weeks' stay.
1930Nov27, Fayette.IA paper:  The first of Dec, Peter Graf Jr will return to the hardware business where he will succeed Rube A. Strayer, who has been conducting the busienss in the Graf Hardware building.  Peter Jr will feel at home in the busines and location where he and his brother John Graf, were associated for many years.  Mr. Strayer's plans are not yet made pubic (he would open a grocery across the street from the hardware, one door north of the Cleveland Block of buildings, later it would become Carley's Plumbing).
1930Dec11, Fayette.IA paper:  As forecasted a week or two ago, another change in business ownership has taken place.  Peter Graf Jr, taking over the hardware store which as been operated by Rube A. Strayer the past 5 yrs.  Invoicing was going on last week and completed Sat, so that Mr. Graf is now in possession.  H.A. Pond will be employed there for a time as assistant.

1931
1931:  Fayette.IA papers not available for searching.  Nora Graf continues her past activites.  Miss Zinita and husb Harry Balylies remain in Hollywood and traveling.  Peter Jr who has been sick and who is concerned about farm financing will commit suicide. 
1931Jan13, Oelwein.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Henry Pfeiffer & baby have moved from the farm south of Randalia in Center.Twp, where they have lived a few years, to the C.F. Oelberg residence on Washington.St in Fayette.  Henry is working in the  Graf Hardware.
1931May14, Arlington.IA paper:  The Triangle Club in Arlington as hostess to the Federated Clubs of Fayette county.  Nora Graf of Fayette told conditions amoung the blind women of Iowa and urged the buying of towels hemmed by the blind.
1931Jun17, Cedar.Rapids.IA paper:  Wealthy Fayette man hangs self.  Peter Graf Jr, 60, retired merchant and capitalist, committed suicide by hanging himself from a apple tree in the orchard at his farm three miles east of Fayette near Lima on Tues. afternoon.  He had been pruning trees during the day.  He was last seen by the sons of the farm's tenant, George Popenhagen, about 3:30pm, when he came to the house for a drink of water.  When he went back to the orchard, he took a rope from the granary and when he failed to return to the house for supper, Popenhagen and the boys went to search for him.  the orchard is one of the largest in this section and it was necessary for the searchers to separate and hunt the place by rows.  They body was found about 7:30pm.  He had removed his hat and glasses and laid them up carefully.  Mr. Graf had been in the hardware business in Fayette for many years and was regarded as one of the wealthiest men in the area.  A physician said that his neck apparently was broken in the fall.  No reason could be assigned for the suicide.  Coroner J.M. Smittle was called to the scene.  Mr. Graf was a bachelor and his nearest relatives are a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nora nee Davidson Graf (widow of John Graf); and a nephew Vern Hoffman and niece Barbara Hoffman (children of Anna Graf Hoffman, of Fairmount.ND). 
1931Jun25, Elgin.IA paper:  The Fayette community was startled and grieved Tues night to learn that Peter Graf Jr. had committed suicide by hanging himself.  His body was found in the early evening hanging from the limb of a tree in the apple orchard on the Graf homestead farm NE of Fayette.  Where were the causes is not known, though it is known that his health had not been good for some time and some farms which had reverted to him when the deflation period (great depression) began had been causing him some worry.  These two conditions may have brought him to a mental condition which prompted him to take his life.  He was past 62yrs, the date of his birth being 1868Sep21.  He was unmarried....Fayette Leader.
1931:  Note;  Apple production in the 1800-1900's often used arsenic, lead, copper compounds as insect/fungalcides as; London Purple, a solid of arsenic trioxide, aniline, lime, ferrous oxide, which was very toxic and could be fatal if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin.  The effects of all the chemicals used might be delayed and appear later in life;  Paris Green, a solid compound of copper and arsenic, often blended with lead arsenate, both extremely/highly toxic.
1931Oct07, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette news;  Zinita and Harry L. Baylies of Beverly Hills, guests of her mother Nora Graf, went to Chicago for a visit with relatives of Mr. Baylies. They will return to Fayette for another visit in the Graf home.

1932
1932:  Fayette.IA papers not available for searching.  Note:  Depression is hitting Iowa farmers so they cannot meet payments so the farms are bought up by banks, insurance companies and the wealthy of the time.
1932Mar24, Arlington.IA paper:  Land Transfer;  F.L. Bunton to Nora Graf, in Unon.Twp, N3/4ofNEofNE and SofNEofNE and E1/2ofNEofNE in Sec 4 and S1/2ofSEofSE in Sec33, T94R8.
1932Jun06, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Quilt Show, an event at the UIU Commencement. First prize for the best old fashioned quilt went to Valentine Eugene 'Vol' Strayer for a quilt pieced by his mother in 1848 (at Warkerville Mill area, Shelby.Co.MO before Heckar/Strayer moved to Freeport, Winneshiek.Co.IA in 1851/52, Elizabeth Heckart (John) Strayer).   First on the modern quilts to Mrs. Nora Graf.
1932Jul06, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Nora Graf, Miss Zinita Graf Baylies and husb Harry L. Baylies of Hollywood were entertained in teh home of mIsses Maybelle and Beulah Blunt near West.Union.
1932Jul13, Oelwein.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry L. Baylies have been visiting her mother Nora Graf for several weeks, and with Mr. Baylies people in Chicago.  Zinita and Harry have left for their home in Beverly Hills.
1932Jul20, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; The building occupied by the Independence.IA Produce Station and Store, under the management of C.A. Lund, which was recently of the Graf Estate (John & Peter Jr.) has been repainted with C.A. Ash and Ben Thomas doing the work.  The store building on Main.St, recently belonging to the Graf Estate, and tenanted by the (Henry) Pfeiffer Hardware Store, was repainted last week by Charles Ash and  Glen Thomas.
1932Aug18, Arlington.IA paper:  Land TransferJesse M. Zbornik to Zinita Graf Bayliss, in Smithfield.Twp, E3/4ofNE1/4 in Sec 7 and SE1/4ofNE1/4 in Sec 6, Smitfield.Twp, R92W, T8N.  Note:  Farm 110a, 3+mi SxSW of Fayette.
1932Sep22, Arlington.IA paper:  Land TransferBarbara Marie Moon to Zinita Braf Baylies, in Westfield.Twp, all part S of River NE/NW and all S and W of River E7/8/NW/NW and NE1/4 in Sec 23, 93-8...and W1/2NW1/4 in Sec 24 and 25a in SE/SE Sec14 and E1/2ofNE and NE/SE in sec 11, and SW/NW, ex. and NW/SW and narrow strip of land W of Hwy and off S end of NE/SW in Sec 12, 93-8....and undivided 1/3rd of 1/2 of N1/2NE/NE in sec 25, 93-8...and Lots in Fayette, undivided 1/3 of 1/2 of S 20ft in Lot 6 and N 3.5ft in Lot 7 and W35ft., S46.5ft in Lot 7, and N9.5ft E25ft W60ft S46.5ft in Lot 7, and und. 1/2 E9ft W44ft S37f in Lot 7, Block 13 of Fayette, and und. 1-3 of 1/2 W1/2 Lots 13 & 14 in Block 12, Fayette.

1933
1933:  Fayette.IA paper not available for searching.
1933Jan11, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Mrs. A.E. Whitney was hostess at the Nora Graf home for the M.E. Missionary Society.
1933Feb08, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Nora Graf who is spending a few weeks with her s/law & dau, Harry and Zinita Graf Baylies at Hollywood.CA writes that she is enjoying her visit and hopes to visit a number of former Fayette residents in CA before returning to her home in Fayette.
1933Feb09, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  The Congregational Church Missionary Society gathered at the home of Miss Helen Jones.  Two letters from Fayette residents were read, one from Nora Graf in Hollywood and the other from Mrs. Mary Hoyt in Wash.DC.
1933Apr26, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Nora Graf returned after spending several weeks in the home of her dau Zinita and Harry Baylies in Holloywood.
1933Jun01, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  A number of friends gathered at the home of Nora Graf as a surprise for her birthday.
1933Oct19, Arlington.IA paper:  Land; H.R. Whitcher trustee to Zinita Graf Baylies in Illyira.Twp, S1/2 NE1/4 & S1/4 of Sec 11, and NW1/4 NE1/4 Sec 8, 93-7, and other land.

1934
1934:  Fayette.IA paper not available for searching.  Nora Graf continued her normal Fayette activities.
1934Feb01, Arlington.IA paper:  Land Transfer;  Nora Graf to E.J. McCue, in Union Twp, W 2rods S1/2ofSEofSE in Sec 33, T94R8.
1934Feb21, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Nora Graf was hostess to the Bridge (cards) Club.  Note:  Nora and the ladies played bridge and socialized often.  She was a very good bridge player, usually winning prizes when invovled.
1934Jun01, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Zinita and Harry Baylies of Hollywood have been spending the past week visiting in the home of Zinita's mother, Nora Graf.
1934Jun08, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Miss Sue Fleming of Manchester has been a guest of Zinita Graf Baylies at the Mrs. Nora Graf home and attended the festivities at UIU Commencement.
1934Jun13, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette news;  Obit for Mrs Nelson Sherman b1867Mar16, Youngstown.OH, d1934Jun09.  Obit states resided on the Graf farm near lime for awhile.
1934Jun21, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette news;  Nora Graf will open her home to the ladies of the 20th Century Club for their annual picnic.
1934Sep26, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  The 20th Century Club entertained nearly 90, including the elderly of Fayette, at the American Legion Hall.  Mrs. Jessie Hathaway and Mrs Effie Grim presented a harmonica duet, accompanied on the piano by Nora Graf.
1934Oct04, Sumner.IA paper:  From the West.Union paper;  Graf Orchard in Fayette County Has Only Half a Crop---The noted Graf Orchard, one of the largest and most productive in Fayette County, situated four miles NE of Fayette (a mile south of Lima), is producing only somewhat more than half a normal crop of apples, according to the tenant on the place, G.W. Popenhagen.  A few trees died as the result of last years dry weather, and other trees indicate they will die from this year's drought, but the total number lost is after all not large.  The spraying has been kept up regularly, but pruning was skipped for three seasons up to this year.  The normal production from the 15 acre orchard is 1000-2000 bushels of apples, but this year will run only about 1100 bushels, the deduction for culls being greater than usual became many apples dropped off when the trees lacked a water supply.  The Summer Duchess suffered the worst being cut to 100 bushes, but the Winter Duchess are producing 600 bushes, the Wealthy 200, and the Northwestern Greenings 200.
1934Nov07, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Zinita and Harry Baylies who had been visiting her mother Nora Graf, recently returned to their home in Hollywood.

1935
1935:  Fayette.IA paper not available for searching.  Nora Graf will have some health issues.  Miss Zinita remained with Nora while she went to Rochester.MN for treatment.
1935Jan09, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News: The Congregational Missionary society metting was held at the home of Nora Graf.
1935Jan30, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Nora Graf has been confined to her home recently with an attack of heart trouble and remains about the same.
1935Feb06, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News:  Mrs. Stella Fussell has been staying a the home of Nora Graf during Nora's illiness.
1935May08, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News:  The Congregational Missionary society meeting was held at the home of Nora Graf.
1935May16, Arlington.IA paper:  H.E. Nichols, Iowa State College extension horticulturist will give a demonstration on the correct methods of applying spraying material to apple tree, at the Graf Orchard a mile south of Lima, at 1:30pm, Thur May16....Orchards in Fayette County should receive the Calyx or Petal Drop spray as soon as 95% of the petals have dropped off the apple trees.  This will be about May 15-20, and is one of the most important sprays during the entire season, and perhaps is more important this year than usual, in that many growers did not apply any spray to their trees before blossoming time.  With last year's dry weather in so many parts of Iowa, there was very little scab.
1935May22, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Nora Graf accompanied by her dau Mrs. Zinita Baylies of Hollywood, who had gone o Rochester.MN, Sunday of last week for consultation in regard to Nora's health, returned to Fayette the last of the week.
1935Jun26, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; The summer Rummage sale of the L.P.A. was held Sat Jun22 and today at the Graf Hardware building on Main.St.
1935Jun26, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Nora Graf accompanied by her dau Mrs. Zinita Baylies of Hollywood, returned to Fayette after spending a few weeks at Rochester.MN.
1935Jul25, Arlington.IA paper:  Land; Zinita Graf Baylies to Floyd A. Stannard, S1/2 NE1/4 & S1/4, sec 11, and NW1/4 NE1/4 & E5 rods, S10 rods of N1/4 sec 29, and NW1/4 NE1/4 & W2 rods E23.5 and N1/4 of sec 29, and NW1/4 NE1/4 sec 8, 93-7.
1935Oct24, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Zinita Baylies of Hollywood came for a visit in the home of her mother Nora Graf.
1935Nov22, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Zinita Baylies who was spending a few weeks with her mother Nora Graf, left for her home at Hollywood.

1936
1936:  Fayette.IA paper not available for searching.
1936Jan15, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Nora Graf left for California Tues to spend the winter months with her dau Zinita and Hary Baylies of Hollywood.
1936Feb17, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette County business; Rent for land, $78.75 to Zinita Graf Baylies.
1936Mar18, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Mrs F.S. Walker, spending the winter in Calif, entertained at the home of Zinita & Harry Baylies in Hollywood.  Nora Graf, Mrs. F.J. Davis Mr/Mrs C.R. Carpenter and other old friends make their home in Calif.
1936May20, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; The Civic Improvement Association of Fayette chose Nora Graf as the president for the coming year.
1936Jul01, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News:  Nora Graf returned after spending the winter in Hollywood with Zinita and Harry Baylies.  Miss Zinita returned with Nora.
1936Jul22, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Harry Baylies came from Hollywood to join his wife Zinita and m/law Nora Graf.
1936Aug05, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News;  Zinita and Harry Baylies returned back to their home in Hollywood.
1936Oct22, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Zinita Graf of Hollywood is visiting in the home of her mother Nora Graf.  Both were recent visitors at Rochester.MN.
1936Nov04, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Nora Graf has been a victim of the mumps since last Sunday.
1936Dec09, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; The 20th Century Club had a luncheon at the home of Nora Graf.  The annual Xmas party will follow.
1936Dec23, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette News; Nora Graf plans to leave Monday for her dau Zinita's home in Hollywood, and will spend the winter months.

1937
1937Mar04, Fayette.IA paper:  Lima News; Mr/Mrs Will Jones and family & Mr/Mrs George Popenhagen & family will change farms.  The Jones' moving to the Graf Farm, and the Popenhagen's to the T.W. Potter farm in Lima.
1937Apr08, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf at Hollywood received word from K.W. Buell of the death of his s/law Prof Wm Cooper, at Athens.OH.  Prof Cooper was at one time head of the UIU Speech Dept and married Miss Benita Buell.
1937May20, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, accompanied by Mrs. Susan Baylies and Mrs. Kate Ainsworth, arrived Sat from Hollywood.  Nora has spent the winter months with her dau Mrs. Zinita Baylis.  Mrs. Ainsworth is returning from a stay in CA and will make an extended visit with her brother G.S. Hartman.
1937May20, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Mrs. Susan Baylies left Tues for Chicago to attend the funeral of Ripley Nicholas Baylies (1845Sep05/Amet.Co.LA-1937May/Los.Angeles.CA) father of Harry Baylies (husb of Miss Zinita Graf), whose body was brought to Chicago from Los Angeles for burial.
1937May27, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf returned from Chicago the first of the week.  Nora left Tues for Rochester and will be met there by Zinita and Harry Baylies.  All had been in Chicago for the furneral of Harry's father, Judge Ripley Nicholas Baylies.
1937Jun03, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century Club luncheon will be at Nora Graf's home.
1937Jun10, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies and Nora Graf returned yesterday from a stay in Rochester.MN since Sunday.  Mr/Mrs C.R. Carpenter entertained a company at dinner last evening.  Zinita and Harry Baylies of Hollywood were the guests of honor.
1937Jun24, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Mrs. Katherine Ainsworth were callers in Waterloo on Tues.
1937Jul01, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and house guest Miss Anna Edwards, and Mrs. Jennie Denniston went to Whitewater.WI for a few days visit.
1937Jul08, Fayette.IA paper:  A company of friends met Mon at the home of Nora Graf for a picnic luncheon.
1937Jul15, Fayette.IA paper:   Anna Edwards returned to her home in Northwood after a visit in the home of Nora Graf.  Nora Graf was hostess at a luncheon at the Rex Hotel in West.Union on Tues.
1937Aug05, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Mrs. Nellie Walker, Misses Stella Latimer and Meda McDonald drove to Wakon and Lansing on Sunday.
1937Aug05, Fayette.IA paper:  Benjamin P. 'Ben' Hancock died at the home of his son Fred C. Hancock, in Miller.SD, 1937Jul31, at 89y4m5d.  He was a resident of Hand.Co.SD for 20yrs.  While in Fayette he was a long time employee of the Graf Bros hardware store, farms, livestock dealers.  Ben was b.1848Mar26 in NY state. He moved to Fond du Lac, Wis, with his parents when 16, in 1864.  The Hancock's moved to Fayette.Co.IA in 1869/1870.  Ben married Mary e. Hartsough, 1870Oct09.  They had 8 sons, 3 survive, Fred, Ernest, Maurice.  In 1917 Ben went to Miller.SD in 1917 for the rest of his life.  His wife died in 1930.  His body was brought back to Fayette for burial at Grandview Cem. 
1937Aug29, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained a company of 24 at dinner at the Rex Hotel in West.Union.
1937Sep02, Fayette.IA paper:  Anyone wishing Graf apples, call Blue133.
1937Sep16, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and chauffeur, Mr. Short, Mr/Mra C.R. Carpenter, and Miss May Jones have returned from a motor trip throughout the Eastern States.  they were gone two weeks.  The breakfasted in Dubuque, stopped at Grant's home in Galena.IL, Ford's Greenfield Village near Detroit, crossed the Ambssador bridge into Ontario, to Niagara Falls, along Lake Ontario, had wonderful peaches and grapes along the way.  In western NY called on Mrs. Esto Lazell,Miss Julia Crissey, Mrs. Lazell'es dau and family.  An overnight visit at Hornell with Miss Clara Comstock and Mrs. Lockwood.  Went from Hornell via Watkin's Glen and the Finger Lake region.  On to Albany and down he west side of the Hudson River to Newburgh.NY, to West Point, to Palmerton.PA the home of the Donald Denniston family, into the Pocono mountains and the Blue Ridge.  On to Palmerton and Reading PA, the home of Mr/Mrs. F.E. Finch and Mrs. Mantes (Pearl Miller, an old UIU student).  They drove into Maryland, sat the Gettysburg battlefield, to Hagerston and Cumberland, Maryland.  Went to Uniontown.PA, though the Alleghenies.  In Uniontown.PA, Nora Graf visited with relatives and say the old home where her mother Mary Margaret Colley (1839/Uniontown.PA-1904/Fayette.IA) Davidson was born.  The next stops were Wehheling.WV, Columbus.OH, Indianapolis.IN, Springfield and Lincolns' Tomb.  The Mississippi Rive was crossed at Keokuk.IA so that all could see the big dam.  They reached home after 16 days on the road with nothing to mar the trip and no car trouble.
1937Sep23, Fayette.IA paper:  A collection of 23 hymn books has been given to the library by Nora Graf.  Other friends have promised to add to this collection.
1937Oct07, Fayette.IA paper:  Landmark Torn Down; Part of the long wooden building across the street from the grade school house was torn down Tues, and the lumber will be used in building a milk house on the Zinita Graf Baylies farm tenanted by Clyde Wilson.  This building was erected long enough ago, so that it is remembered by some of the 'old timers' as having been there when they were attending school.  At one time it housed Knight Brothers' blacksmith shop.
1937Oct07, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf went to Des Moines chauffeured in her car by Mr. Short.  Nora will meet her dau and husband, Zinita and Harry Baylies of Hollywood, and they will bring her back to Fayette, while Mr. Short will return back to California by train.
1937Oct14, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies and Nora Graf left Tues for Chicago for a two weeks stay.
1937Oct28, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies and Nora Graf returned the first of the week from Chicago, where they have spent the past two weeks.
1937Nov04, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies, Nora Graf, Mrs. Stella Fussell, Mrs. Arlie Bray and Mrs. Grace Finch were callers in Waterloo on Monday.
1937Nov25, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained a company of ladies at a picnic luncheon.
1937Dec02, Fayette.IA paper:  The Double-Four bridge club met with Nora Graf Tues.  The Congregational Missionary Society will meet with Nora Graf on Friday.
1937Dec18, Oelwein.IA paper:  Fayette.Co business; Rent for land, $78.75 to Zinita Graf Baylies.
1937Dec23, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs H.F. Schlling and Nora Graf will spend Xmax in t eh M.L. Hathaway home.

1938
1938Jan20, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf with Zinita and Harry Baylies will make a tour of places of special interest along the Mediterranean.  Nora left Tues for Chicago to meet her dau and s/law of Hollywood, then go to New York as the starting point for an extended tour along the Mediterranean.  The leave New York on the S.S. Roma, Jan 29th.  Arrive at Madeira on Feb 11, driven by native oxen sled through the city; railway to Da Lucia; visit a famous wine lodge; lunch at Reed's Palace hotel; arrive Ribeiro Frio, visit Poiso Paus, return by famous running sledges to rejoin the S.S. Roma.  Arrive Casablanca on Feb 7; train to Rabat; go through the Sonks into the Oudaias Gardens, return by trail to the S.S. Roma.  Reach Gibraltar on Feb 8; auto to places of interest, alameda Gardens, race course, Rosin Bay, lower galleries of rock fortress.  Arrive Algiers on Feb 9, augto old native districts, the Kaabah, Musulman Cem, Square Bresson, Great Mosque; the Arab quarters on food, winter palace of governor.  Feb 11, Naples, auto to Pompeii, take the Amaifi coast road to Amaifi and sorrento; visit carater of Vesuvius, lunch at Eremo hotel.  Arrive Phaleron on Feb 13; drive to Athens, visit Arch of Hadrian, Temple of Jupiter, the Stadium, National Museum, Tower of the Winds, lunch at the hotel, drive to Acropolis, ruins of Eleusis, Plain of Marathon.  Feb 14, Rhodes; auto/tour ancient walls.  Beirut, Feb15-Feb22, Banlbek, Damascus, Jerusulem, Cario.  Feb16, auto to Capernaum, Nazareth, Jerusualem, Teiberias.  Feb 17, auto to Bethlehem.  Feb18, auto to Jericho and Dead Sea.  Feb 19, train to Cairo.  Feb20, Mosque of El Azhar, Tomos of the Caliphs, Citadel of Saludin, Mohammed Ali's Palace, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.  Feb 21, auto or camel to Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Temple.  Feb 22, leave Cairo bby train for Port Snid to rejoin the roma.  Feb24, Istanbul (expect to see Dr./Mrs Robert Fox, of Fayette.IA connection); auto to blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Serpentine Column of Delphi, Column of Constantin VII, Old Place and Treasury.  Feb 27, arrive at Naples; leave the Roma with no special itinerary planned but will spend several weeks touring, returning back to Naples as their point of departure back to America.  Until time to sail for the Mediterranean they will be staying at the Collingwood Hotel, 45 West 35th St, NY/NY.
1938Feb24, Fayette.IA paper:  A letter from Nora Graf said they arrived safely at Gibraltar.
1938Mar17, Fayette.IA paper:   Long letter from Nora Graf describing the progress made in the Mediterranean tour, and stating all the stops as per the itinerary have been made thus far.
1938Apr21, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf states they expect to sail for the U.S. on Apr 26th.
1938May05, Fayette.IA paper:  C.R. Carpenter and John Kelly drove to Prairie du Chien on Monday to meet Nora Graf and Zinita/Harry Baylies who just returned from a three months' trip in the Mediterranean countries.
1938May05, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr/Mrs James D. Perke and Mrs. Dorothy Gobel hosted a dinner honoring Zinita and Harry Baylies and Nora Graf, who returned from several month's trip in Europe.
1938May12, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies left Monday for their home in Hollywood.  They arrived last week with Nora Graf, in Fayette, after several months tour in the Mediterranean area.
1938Jun09, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies of Hollywood, came Wed from Chicago where they had been summoned by the death of Mr. Baylies' sister (Nettie nee Baylies Poor (b.1873Oct03/Osage Mission, Neosho.Co.KS - d.1838Jun03/Libertyville, Lake.Co.IL) (Fred A. Poor b.1870/ME)
1938Oct13, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies of Hollywood are expected to arrived today for a visit with Zinita's mother Nora Graf.
1938Oct20, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies and Nora  Graf went to Rochester.MN on Tues.
1938Oct27, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies went to Chicago to visit his relatives.
1938Nov03, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies returned from Chicago.  Mr/Mrs C.R. Carpenter held a dinner in honor of Mr/Mrs Baylies.
1938Nov10, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Harry Baylies and Nora Graf left for Hollywood, where Nora will spend the winter.  They drove first to Des Moines where they were joined by Mr. Baylies' aunt, who had been in Chicago.  The trip to Calif will be a leisurely one, with stops on the way along the southern route.

1939
1939Mar16, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf is spending the winter in Hollywood.
1939Mar23, Oelwein.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Jesse Zbornik to Zinita Graf Baylies, S1/2 SW1/4 in Sec 27, and SE1/4 E1/2 in Sec 28 and N1/2 NW1/4 in Sec 34,  93-9.
1939Mar27, Fayette.IA paper:  Fire breaks out, destroys buildings (around the intersection of Main.College).  Barns at A.A. Carter's and Robert B. McCormack's burned.   a fire believed started from burning rubbish in the Schneider yard, fanned by strong winds, destroyed the barns on the A.A. Carter lot and Robert B. McCormack premises and came near taking two residences with them.   Damage estimated at about half the value of the garage belonging to Nora Graf (NW corner) was sustained, which was near the barn on the McCormack place that caught fire from the burning Carter barn.  The Graf residence also caught fire but the fire was put out at once so the damage was slight even though it appeared the house might burn.  The contents of the lower part of the Graf garage were taken out, including Nora Graf's car, while the articles in the upper part were water soaked.
1939May11, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf is recovering nicely from her recent tonsil operation.  She is expected  to by the first of the week to leave the hospital and return to her apartment at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
1939Jun01, Fayette.IA paper:  In Appreciation; Thands to all those who were so kind as to send me birthday and convalescence cards.  Greetings to all my Fayette friends.  Mrs. Nora Graf, Hollywood, Calif.
1939Jul06, Fayette.IA paper:  20yrs ago; Walter Eugene Hunt bought the Peter Graf house on the NE corner of Main/7th.  Walter sold his farm a mile south of town to John Barr, the week before.
1939Aug24, Fayette.IA paper:  Overlooked last week was an item that Nora Graf and dau Mrs. Zinita (Harry) Baylies, arrived from Hollywood.CA, a week ago last Friday.  That evening twelve of  Nora's friends came in brining a delicious picnic dinner.  Mr. Harry Baylies came by auto reaching Fayette last week Wed.  Harry spent the week end in Detroit, where he purchased a new Cadillac car.
1939Aug31, Fayette.IA paper:  Fruit Growing Project at Graf Orchard;  A limited number of Fayette County farms may cooperate this year with the Farm Bureau and the Extension Service of Iowa State College at Ames in establishing a home demonstration orchard project.  Full information of this new project will be given at a demonstration meeting at the Graf Orchard on Wed Sept 6 at 3pm.  The purpose of the project is to assist those interested in planning a new home orchard with such problems as choices of apples, plums, peaches, pears, how to plant the trees and how to properly prune and spray them.  Small fruits as strawberries, raspberries, grapes, currents and gooseberries also will be included in the demonstrations.
1939Aug31, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies and Nora Graf went Sunday to Rochester.MN to go through the clinic at the hospital.
1939Nov09, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Mr/Mrs M.L. Hathaway drove to Manchester Sunday.


1940
1940Jan11, Fayette.iA paper:  The Congregational Missionary society will meet at the home of Nora Graf.  Nora Graf entertained a company of twelve friends at a delicious buffet luncheon and watched the old year out by playing bridge.
1940Feb22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Mrs. Katherine Ainsworth spent yesterday in Cedar Rapids.
1940Apr04, Fayette.IA paper:  Friends gathered at the home of Nora Graf on Sat. to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. C.R. Carpenter.  Fancy work and bridge furnished the entertainment.  Blanche Waterbury of West Union was an out of town guest.
1940Apr04, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Mrs. Ainsworth and Mrs. Stella Fussell were guests in the H.W. Schrader home in Hawkeye on Sunday.
1940May09, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf is having her house painted.
1940May23, Fayette.IA paper:  Friends gathered at the home Mrs. Grace Finch to celebrate the birthdays of Nora Graf, Mrs. Mary Davis and Mrs. L.C. Smith.
1940Jun06, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies of Hollywood arrived Tues. to visit.  Her mother Nora Graf went to Cedar Rapids to meet her.
1940Jul11, Fayette.IA paper:  Twelve friends gathered at the home of Nora Graf on July 4th, and enjoyed a picnic dinner and supper, while playing bridge and Chinese checkers and socializing.
1940Jul18, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies returned from visiting in Chicago and New York City.  Mr. Baylies left for his home in Hollywood. 
Miss Zinita remained for a longer visit with her mother, Nora Graf.
1940Aug15, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies leaves this morning for her home in Hollywood,
after spending two months wither her mother Nora Graf.
1940Sep05, Fayette.IA paper:  The Congregational Missionary Society will meet Sept13 at the home of Nora Graf.
1940Sep26, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century Club met at Ina Lockwood's.  Nora Graf gave a splendid paper on California.
1940Sep26, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs Robert B. McCormack, Nora Graf, and Mr/Mra George Zabriskie drove to Boone to call on Miss Anna Edwards and Miss Lib Hall at the Eastern Star home.
1940Nov07, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained Tues and Wed.
1940Nov28, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies of Hollywood is visiting in the home of her mother Nora Graf.
1940Dec05, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies returned to Hollywood after two weeks visit with her mother Nora Graf.
1940Dec26, Fayette.IA paper:  The Congregational Missionary Society will meet at the home of Nora Graf.

1941
1941Jan09, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained thirteen friends at a watch party on New Years eve.  A delicious dinner was served, after which games were played.
1941Feb05, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Katherine Ainsworth entertained 16 ladies last Sat.
1941Apr03, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Mrs. Jennie Denniston and Miss Mary B. Jones entertained 12 ladies at a dessert bridge party last Sat evening.
1941May01, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf will hose the 20th Century club on Jun10.
1941May13, Oelwein.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Zinita Graf Baylies to husb Harry L. Baylies, SE1/4ofSW1/4 and E1/2ofSW1/4ofSW1/4 & part of W/1/4ofSE1/4 in Sec 2 (Westfield), R94W,T8N.
1941May22, Arlington.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Zinita Graf Baylies to husb Harry L. Baylies, SE1/4ofSW1/4 and E1/2ofSW1/4 and all part SW of road in the W1/4ofSE1/4, Sec 32 (Westfield), R94W,T8N.
1941May29, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies entertained 25 ladies at a luncheon at the Rex Hotel in West.Union, in honor of the birthday of her mother Nora Graf.  The lovely cake which Zinita had ordered from Hollywood was cut by the honored guest.  The company returned to the Graf home for an afternoon of bridge and Chinese checkers.
1941Jun12, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Miss Zinita went to Rochester.MN on Sunday.
1941Jun26, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies left Tues for her home in Hollywood.CA, after a six week visit in the home of her mother Nora Graf.
1941Jul10, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained 12 ladies last Wed.
1941Sep18, Fayette.IA paper.  Nora Graf entertained.
1941Oct16, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies of Hollywood arrived for visit with Nora Graf.  They drove to Chicago on Monday to visit Harry's relatives and will return to Fayette for a longer visit.
1941Oct23, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century Club will meet with Nora Garf for their guest day program on Oct 27th.
1941Nov27, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf, Zinita and Harry Baylies, and Mrs. Stella Fussell spent Sunday in the Harry Schrader home at Hawkeye.
1941Nov27, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century Club met with Mrs. Kay Diamond on Monday.  An excellent review of "The Soong Sisters" was give by Zinia Baylies.
1941Dec04, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Bylies, after spending two months with her mother Nora Graf, left Thur for her home at Hollywood. 
1941Dec11, Fayette.IA paper:  The Congregational Missionary Society will meet at the home of Nora Graf.

 

1942
1942Jan08, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained 12 friends at a watch party.
1942Feb12, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained .
1942Feb26, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf to Laura E. Williamson, the N3/4 of SE of SE, and E1/2 of NE of NE and S1/5 of W1/2 of NE of NE in Sec 4, Westfield.Twp; and the S1/2 of SE of SE in Sec 33, Union.Twp.
1942Feb26, Fayette.IA paper:  Ladies gathered at the home of Nora Graf to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Robert B. McCormack.
1942Mar12, Fayette.IA paper:  Jennie Denniston and Nora Graf entertained a ladies at a bridge dessert party.
1942Apr02, Fayette.IA paper:  Library Notes;  we wish to thank Nora Graf for her gift of money.
1942May14, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies of Hollywood arrived Sat for a visit with her mother Nora Graf.
1942May28, Fayette.IA paper:   Mrs. Harry Baylies ( Zinita Graf) entertained a company of friends in honor of the birthday anniversary of her mother, Mrs. Nora Graf, Friday evening at seven o'clock dinner at the Rex Hotel in West Union. there were seventeen guests present, all dressed up in old fashioned clothes, the ladies in picture hats, bonnets, capes, shawls, and gowns from 25 to 50 years old, and the men in overalls, high collars, white vests and tall hats, all of which caused much merriment. The long table was decorated with beautiful bouquets of lilies of the valley and spirea, the places were designed by caricatures of each drawn by the guest of honor. With napkins tucked under their chins the guests partook of the bountiful and delicious old-fashioned dinner consisting of platters of baked ham, bowls of potatoes, individual pots of baked beans, cottage cheese, pickles, chili sauce, jelly, corn bred, baking powder biscuits, ice cream and strawberries, slices of the birthday cake, and coffee. The company returned to the Graf home where the evening was spent at bridge. Prizes were presented to Mrs. A. J. Fox, Mrs. J. W. Orr, Mrs. Ray Belles, Miss Mary Jones, Harry Schrader, Lee Hathaway, Ray Belles, and Charles Carpenter. A jolly good time was enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. M. Lee Hathaway, Mrs. A. J. Fox and Mrs. Agnes Llewellyn attended the funeral service of Mrs. Fred Sorg at Hawkeye Thursday afternoon.
1942Jun25, Fayette.IA paper:  Harry Baylies of Hollywood came last week to join his wife Zinita at the Graf home.
1942July02, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century Club met with Nora Graf.
1942Jul16, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita and Harry Baylies left for their home in Hollywood.
1942Sep10, Fayette.IA paper:  The Congregational Missionary Society will meet at the home of Nora Graf.
1942Sep17, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf received work that her son/law, Harry Baylies has suffered another stroke.  He is seriously ill at his home in Hollywood.
1942Oct11, Fayette.IA paper:  Mrs. Arlle Bray was surprised by 20 friends with a pot luck dinner for her birthday.  Nora Graf read a poem she had written for the honor guest.
1942Oct22, Fayette.IA paper:  The 20th Century Club will have a Halloween luncheon at the home of Nora Graf.
1942Oct29, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained a compnay of 16 ladies.
1942Nov05, Fayette.IA paper:  Library Notes; Book shelves were most gratefully received from Nora Graf.
1942Nov19, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf will open her house to the UIU Faculty Club members and their wives, serving a Fri evening dinner.
1942Dec03, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf entertained.  Mrs. Stella Fussell and Nora Graf were Thanksgiving guest in the Mrs. Grace Finch home.


 1943 Events:
...Nora is in Fayette during most of the year.
...Miss Zinita's husband Harry Baylies is seriously ill and will pass away 1943May25 in Hollywood where they lived since married, 1929May30 at Fayette.
...Zinita spent summer months in Fayette.  Nora returned to Hollywood for the winter months.

...1943Feb25, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora entertained ten ladies at a bridge dessert party.
...1943Feb25, Fayette.IA paper:  Charles Felkey wrote a letter to Nora Graf from Bradley Field (Pvt Charles F. Felkey, Co.A, 876th A/B Engr. Bn. (Aven.), Bradley Field, Windsor Locks, CT, U.S. Army Air Corp.   He ends with, if I ever get back, I'll sure appreciate my little home.  Like civilians we have meatless, sugarless, butterless, creamless, milkless days. I only hope we win the war and that it gets over with soon.
...1943Apr01, Fayette.IA paper:  The Congregational Missionary Society will beet at the home of Nora Graf.
...1943Apr29, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Baylies arrived from Hollywood last week for a visit with her mother, Nora Graf.  Zinita Baylies and Nora Graf are in Rochester.MN this week.
...1943May13, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Bylies left Sunday for her home in Hollywood, after visiting with her mother, Nora Graf.
...1943May25:  Harry Baylies passed away in Hollywood.
...1943May27, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf was assisted by several ladies at a luncheon on Sunday.
...1943May27, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf's Birthday Party 24 ladies entertained a luncheon at the Bakery Cafe.  The party was given by Nora's dau Zinita Graf Baylies, who make the arrangements when in Fayette a few weeks ago. All present were very grateful to Miss Zinita for an enjoyable time but sorry she could not be present due to the serious illness of Zinita's husband Harry Baylies.
...1943Jul15, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf received a letter from Mrs. Charles A. Startain (Blanche Olive Cole of Fayette) of KC,MO passed away on July 6th.  He was a member of the UIU class of 1905;  Blanche graduated from UIU in 1904.
...1943Aug26, Fayette.IA paper:   Zinita Baylies of Hollywood, came for a several month's stay wit her mother, Nora Graf, who expects to return to Hollywood with Zinita to spend the winter months.
...1943Sep03, Oelwein.IA paper:  Harry Baylies obit/info---Fayette News;  Private funeral services were held at the Belles Funeral Home for the late Harold L. 'Harry' Baylies of Hollywood.CA.  His death occurred at Hollywood on May 25, 1943, following a lingering illness.  The ashes were brought to Fayette.IA for burial.  Mr. Baylies made frequent visits to Fayette.IA, and was known to many as the husband of Zinita Graf Baylies, dau of John & Nora Davidson Graf, whom he married 1929May30, at Fayette.IA.  Burial of the ashes was made in Grandview Cem at Fayette.
...1943Nov11, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Zinita Baylies expect to leave tomorrow for Hollywood.


 1944 Events:
...Several land transfers.
...Estate in Iowa of Harry Baylies liquidated.
...Nora and Zinita continue to live back/forth between Fayette and Hollywood.

...1944jJan03, Oelwein.IA paper:  Land Transfer;  Zinita Graf Baylies to Minnie Camp in Westfield.Twp;  NEofNE and SEofNE and NEofSE, Sec 11; and SWofNW (Ex- E 2rd thereof) and NWofSW and land inSWofNEofSW, Sec 12, Westfield.Twp.
...1944Jul20, Fayette.IA paper:  Fayette.Co.IA Notice;  To Zinita Graf Baylies, Ripley Nicholas Baylies, Charles Fowles Baylies and Harry Lawrence Baylies....there is not on file the final report and petition for discharge of Zinita Graf Baylies and Ripley Nichols Baylies, executors fo the estate of Harry Lawrence Baylies (the deceased), showing that all of the Iowa assets of Harry have been converted into cash and that distribution is being made to the executors of Harry's estate.  Antes/Antes, Attorneys for Executors, West.Union.IA.
...1944Sep25, Oelwein.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Zinita Graf Baylies and nephew Ripley Nicholas Baylies.  Executors to C.R. Carpenter, by Executors' Deed, for $5k, the SE1/4ofSW1/4 & the E1/2ofSW1/4ofSW1/4, and the W1/4SE1/4 lying SW of road in Sec 5 (Westfield), R93W, T8N; plus the S1/2SW1/4 and E1/2ofSW1/4ofSW1/4 and all part SW of the Hwy inW1/4ofSE1/4, in Sec32 (Westfield), R94W, T8N.
...1944Sep25, Oelwein.IA paper:  Land Transfer; C.R. Carpenter and wife to Zinita Graf Baylies.  Same as last above described.
...1944Oct26, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Graf Baylies to Grace Lutheran Church of Fayette, WD $1, the west half of Lots 13 & 14 in Block 12 (the location for the building of a Lutheran Church).


 1945 Events:
...The Graf Farm south of Lima continues to be rented.
...Nora and Zinita spend most of their time in Hollywood, coming periodically back to Fayette.

...1945Feb15, Fayette.IA paper:  Mr/Mrs. W.C. Jones will move from the Graf Farm south of Lima to Lamont, where he has bought an implement shop.  Mr/Mrs Harry Westfall will move from Hawkeye to the Graf Farm.
...1945Feb22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf sent a letter from Hollywood that was read at a birthday party for Mrs. Grace Finch.


1946 Events:
...Nora and Zinita spend some fall weeks back in Fayette.
...The Gamble inventory in the Graf building changed hands.

...1946May31, Oelwein.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Nora Graf and Zinita Graf Baylies to U.J. Odell by Quick Claim Deed, N1/2ofNE1/4ofNE1/4 in Sec 25 (Wesfield), R93W, T8n.
...1946Sep12, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and dau Zinita Baylies of Hollywood are expected to arrive Sept19 to spend a few weeks at the Graf home on Main.ST.
...1946Oct17, Fayette.IA paper:  Zinita Graf Baylies was been a visitor the past week at the home of relatives in Chicago of her deceased husband Harry Baylies.
...1946Nov07, Fayette.IA paper:  Dr/Mrs. T.A. King & Mr/Mrs. Clyde Blut of West Unon and Mrs. Rena Tweitchell Lindsay of Calif were guests of Nora Graf and Zinita Baylies.
...1946Nov07, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and Zinita Baylies will leave Friday for their home in Hollywood.
...1946Nov14, Fayette.IA paper:  Lawrence Kienske of New Hampton has purchased the stock and fixtures of the Gamble store located in the Graf building, and took possession this week.


1947 Events:
...Zinita sold the Graf building.
...Zinita and her mother Nora, continue to live in Hollywood but still travel and come back to Fayette, and they retain their house on the NW corner of Main.College.

...1947Mar20, Fayette.IA paper:  Ingvar Larson has bought the Graf building on Main.ST from Mrs. Zinita Graf Baylies of Hollywood.  Ingvar's mother Ada Larson operated the Gamble Store at that location until her son bought the building.  Ingavr is a veteran of WWII and now a student at UIU in Fayette.
...1947Apr10, Fayette.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Nora Graf to dau Zinita Graf Baylies, 1/3 of 1/2 interest in S 20ft in Log 6, and N3.5ft in Lot 7 and W35ftxS46.5ft in Lot 7, and N9.5xE25ftxW60ft of S46.5ft of Lot 7, and 1/2 of E7ft of W44ft of S37ft of Lot 7, Block 13, Fayette.IA.  Note: The Graf Hardware facing on Main.St and attached metal covered Graf warehouse adjoining the store front at the rear and facing State.St.
...1947Apr10, Fayette.IA paper:  Land Transfer; Zinita Graf Baylies to Ingvar E. Larson, S20ft of Lot 6, and N3.5ft of Lot 7 in Block 13, Fayette.IA.  Note:  The Graf Hardware store fronting Main.St, would become Larson's Gamble's Store.

...1947Mar20, Fayette.IA paper:  Ingvar Larson has bought the store building on Main.ST, where the Gamble store, which is operated by his mother, Mrs. Ada Larson, is located.  The building, known as the Graf Buiding , was owned by Mrs. Zinita Graf Baylies, dau of John & Nora Graf, of Hollywood.CA.  Ingvar is a vet of WWII and a studnet at UIU.
...1947Apr10, Fayette.IA paper:   Land Transfer; Nora Graf to dau Zinita Graf Baylies (Warranty Deed), 1/3 of 1/2 interest, S20ft, Lot 6, and N3.5 E25ft of Lot  7, and west 35ft of south 46 1/2 ft of Lot 7, and N9.5ft E23ft W60ft of W44ft of S37ft of Lot 7, Block 13 in Fayette.  Note:  This is the Graf Hardware/Warehouse property in the SW corner area of Main and State St.
...1947Apr10, Fayette.IA paper:  Land Transfer;  Zinita Baylies Graf to Ingvar E. Larson for $1, S20ft of Lot 6, and N3.5ft of Lot 7, Block 13, Fayette.IA.  Note:  This is the Graf Hardware storefront facing Main.St that then became Gamble's Hardware Store.


1948 Events:
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...1949Aug04, Fayette.IA paper:  Ad; Apples in the Graf Orchard are ready.  Phone White 114.
...1949Aug11, Oelwein.IA paper:  Ad; Apples at the Graf Orchard, 3mi east of Fayette.  We will be there week days and Sundays.
...1949Aug25, Fayette.IA paper:  For Sale; Wealthy and Iowa Brilliant apples, $1.25/bushel, at the Graf Farm, a mile south of Lima.
...1949Set22. Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf and dua Zinita Baylies of Hollywood arrived last Wed for several weeks stay in their home on the NW corner of Main/College.


1950 Events:
...Zinita Graf Baylies died suddenly 1950Nov25, in a Tuscon.AZ hospital, while on the way back from Fayette with her mother Nora Graf to their apartments in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.   Burial was in Grandview.Cem at Fayette on 1951Jun21.


1951 Events:
...Last rites and interment at Grandview.Cem were held in Fayette 1951Jun21 for Miss Zinita.
...Zinita's personal library was donated to UIU by her mother Nora Graf.

...1951Jun21, Oelwein.IA paper:  Memorial services for Mrs. Zinita Graf Baylies were held in the Belles Funeral Home 1951Jun21, with interment in Grandview Cem at Fayette.IA.  Zinita was born in Fayette.IA, the only child of Nora and John GrafZinita attended Fayette Public Schools and graduated from UIU and the Emerson School of Expression in Boston.  After spending several months at their summer home in Fayette, Zinita and her mother Nora, was motoring to their home in Hollywood.CA, when Zinita was stricken and died 1950Nov25, at St.Mary's Hospital, Tuscon.AZ.  Memorial services were held the following Thur's at the "wee Kirk of the Heather," Forest Lawn Cem, Glendale.CA.
...1951Jun28, Fayette.IA paper:  Last Rites Held for Zinita Graf Baylies; On Thur's afternoon, 1951Jun21, life-long friends of the Graf family of Fayette paid affectionate tribute to the memory of Zinita Graf Baylies.  Eight months had lapsed since the community felt the shock of Zinita's sudden passing in Tucson.AZ, when she Zinita and her mother Nora were enroute to Hollywood from Fayette.  In late Nov1950, friends and members of the family in CA held a memorial service at Forest Lawn in Glendale.CA.  But her mother desired to effect the final interment in the family burial plot in Grandview Cem at Fayette.IA, beside here husband and father.  The owners of the Roosevelt Hotel of Hollywood sent a letter of tribute:  "Mrs. Zinita Baylies has lived at our hotel for about 20yrs.  During her long stay we considered her as one of our very finest guests.  She was gentle, sweet, kind and considerate and loved ay all our employees and guests."
...1951Jul26...Fayette.IA paper:  Nearly one thousand books from the private library of the late Mrs Zinita Graf Baylies are being added to the David B. Henderson Library on the Upper Iowa University campus at Fayette....Zinita passed away 1950Nov25.  Zinita received her B.A. degree from UIU.  Attended Emerson College of Oratory in Boston.MA for graduate work.  Zinita was then professor of public speaking and dramatic art at Yankton College, Yankton.SD.  Then Professor Dramatic art at the Denton Texas State College for Women before joining the Clifford Devereux Company of Players as their leading lady presenting Shakespearean and literary drama to colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada...Zinita traveled with her mother Nora Grar, extensively in Italy, France and England during 1926-1927.  In 1928, Zinita and Nora traveled in French Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and France.  In 1929 she married Harry L. Baylies of Hollywood, where they made their home until their deaths.  Zinita came back to Fayette often for extensive visits, maintaining a great interest in UIU....Her library collection willed to UIU includes books of fiction, biographies, tavel, history, drama, poetry, Literary criticism and commentaries on events during out times.  There are complete collection of the works of Anatole France, James Barie, Poe, Shakespeare, Julia Pardoe and others...The Fayette Public Library was also generously remembered in her will.  Zinita mother Nora Graf has returned back to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  She is one of the early pioneers of this area.


1952 Events:


1953 Events:
...Nora Graf contributed an initial $50k for the building of a Zinita B. Graf Dormitory for Women on the UIU campus.

...1953Jun04, Fayette.IA paper:  An 89th Birthday Surprise Party for Nora Graf on May 22; Mrs. Fry and Mrs. Wagner, the two nurses in Nora's home, planned the surprise party for Nora's 89th birthday.  A half dozen of her oldest friends enjoyed their hospitality. 
...1953Dec17, Fayette.IA paper:  Re:  Zinita Graf Hall....Contribution by Mrs. Nora Graf in memory of her dau. Zinita Graf Baylies;  A $50,000 contribution to be used in the construction of a residence hall for women on the SE corner across from the college library, has been given to UIU by Mrs. Nora Graf, with the total cost about $200k.  Mrs. Graf has indicated the residue of the estate will go to the dormitory fund.  The late Mrs. Zinita Graf Baylies graduated from UIU in 1913 and completed graduate and post-graduate courses at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston.  Zinita later achieved such notable success as dramatics director at State College for Women at Denton.TX, that she was invited to join the famous Devereaux players.  As their leading lady, Zinita played at colleges in America and Canada until her marriage.  Zinita died suddenly in the hospital at Tucson.AZ on 1950Nov26, while enroute from Fayette.IA to her home in Hollywood.CA.
...1953Dec24, Fayette.IA paper:  UIU President, Dr. Garbee, appointed a committee to make plans for the buidling of the Zinita B. Graf Dormitory for Women on the corner south of the UIU library.


1954 Events:
...Nora Graf passed away after suffering a stroke.   
...Nora Graf's estate was donated to UIU.
...Zinita B. Graf dormitory excavation started.

...1954Feb11, Fayette.IA paper:  Obit Nora Davidson Graf----Last Rites are held for Mrs. Nora Graf, Fayette Civic Leader passed away Thur after a stroke.  Interment at Grandview; Last rites for Mrs. Nora (John) Graf, long time resident and civic leader in Fayette, were Monday following her death on Thur, resulting from a stroke Wed....Nora Davidson Graf was born 1864May22, near Uniontown.PA (Note: likely incorrect, the Davidson family had moved back from IA to PA by 1858 and by 1863 back  to the Colony/Colesburg area, Colony.Twp, in the NE corner of Dubuque.Co.IA, where likely Nora was born 1864May and her father Thomas also had a child Agnes out wedlock 1863Feb with Joanna Spark (1839/Scotland-1923/Colesburg.IA), bz/2016), the youngest of four sisters...Family moved from PA to farm near Colesburg when young.  When 9 (abt1873) the family moved to Fayette.IA.  When 12 (1876) compelled to leave school to help mother takes care of her sisters who eventually died of tuberculosis, and Nora's own health suffering an alarming breakdown.  Later she suffered an attack of rheumatic fever, but her health improved after a year of treatment.  She went on to attend Fayette school and would graduate from the UIU Conservatory of Music in Fayette....Nora was a member of the 20th Century club, Eastern Star, P.E.O, and Ladies Professorship association...Nora was active in the establishment of Klock's Island park, the Red Cross in Fayette, and Grandview Cem association....Nora married John Graf, local Fayette hardware/livestock merchant, in 1888....They had one dau Zinita, who died in 1950....Nora Graf donated $50k in 1953Nov  to UIU for the construction of the Zinita B. Graf dormitory for women, and at that time indicated the residual of her estate would be lift to the dormitory fund. 
...1954Feb11, Fayette.IA paper:  Bulk of Graf Estate to UIU Dormitory Fund;  With the exception of $500, the entire estate of Nora Graf is bequeathed to UIU for the building of the Zinita B. Graf dormitory for women.  The will leaves grants of $250 to each of two employees of the hotel in Los Angeles (Hollywood) where Nora had made her home.
1954Feb18, Fayette.IA paper:  Construction of the Zinita B. Graf dormitory at UU is expected to begin early this spring on the SE corner, south of the college library.
1954Apr01, Fayette.IA paper:  The Zinita B. Graf dormitory is scheduled to get underway before May30. 
1954Apr22, Fayette.IA paper:  Nora Graf Estate valued at $179,112.56.  Real estate comprised the largest in the listing of property.  Farm land totaling 619a at $30k.  The old hardware warehouse building across from the public library at $1.5k.  Other property included $7,640 cash, $46,062 stocks and bonds, $21,499 personal property on farms and in Fayette, $12,410 in miscellaneous personal property including jewelry in two Calif. banks.
1954Jun03, Fayette.IA paper:  A gift to the Phlatheas Club at UIU from the Nora Graf Estate who died in Feb, was presented at the meeting attended by 25 members.  Several pieced quilt tops and linings and extra quilt blocks were included in the gift.
1954Sep30, Fayette.IA paper:  Selections from the record collection of the late Nora Graf given to UIU will be played by the UIU Music Dept on Thur evening, the public is invited. 
1954Dec09, Fayette.IA paper:  A dragline began the excavation at the site of the Zinita B. Graf dormitory, which will house 54 girls.  Completion is anticipated by 1955Sep01.


1955 Events:
...Graf Farm sold.  Farm sales held at the farm.  Graf orchard was cut down.

...1955Jul21, Fayette.IA paper:  Plans for the cornerstone of the Zinita B. Graf Hall for girls have been announced by President Eugene E. Garbee of UIU, for 1955Jul31.  The dormitory is  being constructed through funds made available to UIU by the late Nora Graf and a government load.  The dorm is scheduled for 1955Sep01 completion.  A prominent Fayette resident and Upper Iowan, Mrs. Edna Dorman Lee of the class of 1905 will deliver the cornerstone laying address.
...1955Sep08, Fayette.IA paper:  The Graf Farm of 320a, 1.5mi south of Lima, has been sold to Mr/Mrs Robert Steinbron of Westgate.  They have a small child.
...1955Nov11, Oelwein.IA paper:  Sale, A.F. Wespfhal & Nora Graf Estate....Complete closing out Public Auction Sale at the Graf Apple Orchard Farm, located 4mi E of Fayette, 6mi W of Wadena, 1mi S of Lima, Monday, 1966Nov14, noon sharp.  Property:  193 head of livestock, 50 head of spotted Poland China feeder pigs; 59 head of cattle, 4 Holstein cows, 3 from artificial breeding, 28 Hereford cows, 26 Herford Calves, 1 purebred Herford bull 1.5y old with paper, 75 head of sheep of 40 lambs, 34 ewes, 1 buck.  Hay and Grain;  800bu old corn, 1200 bushel new Ajax oats, 4000 bles clover & timothy hay, , all put up without rain; 1150 bales of straw.  A large selection of farm machinery and equipment.  Household Goods---White enamel round Oak wood and coal range; qualified circulating wood and coal heater (water heater stove); 54" kitchen cabinet, 3 kitchen chairs, dining room table & 6 chairs, library table, rocker, arm chair, studio couch with matching chair, Dexter washing machine with electric motor and drain tubs, other household articles too numerous to mention.  Lima Ladies Aid will serve lunch.  Usual Terms; J.W. & F.T. Thiele; Auctioneers, State Bank of Fayette, Clerk.
...1955Dec08, Fayette.IA paper:  Lima News; The Graf Orchard has been destroyed by the new owners, Robert Steinbronn and his father.  I doubt if anyone can remember when the first apple trees were set out there.
...1955Dec29, Fayette.IA paper:  The Glen Greenough Auctioneers; farm sale at the Graf Estate Farm south of Lima.  Forty head of cattle, machinery, hay, oats and corn will be sold.


1956 Events:
...Graf Hall is occupied by the first group of UIU women students, and has an open house.
...The Graf House on the corner of Main/College was occupied by Mrs. Mayhew (son & dau) who was house mother to 7 UIU coeds as the house has been deeded to UIU.


...1956Jan19, Fayette.IA paper:  Robert Steinbrenn bought/moved to the Graf Estate Farm of 306a.  He took out the apple orchard and will raise whiteface cattle, sheep and a little corn. 
...1956Jan19, Fayette.IA paper:  Fifty women students are now making their college home in Graf Hall. 
...1956Apr26, Fayette.IA paper:  Eric Westpfahl died Monday night at the West Union hospital, age57.  He suffered a stroke Sunday.  Westpfahl moved from the old Graf Farm the Fall of 1955, to West Union where he was custodian at the county  courthouse.
...1956Jun28, Fayette.IA paper:  James E. Moore 86, born in Hutchinson.MN, died on 1956Jun09, at the home of his dau Eathel Milthaler in Dayton.OH.  James graduated from UIU in 1906, and was FHS superintendent 1908-1909 and 1912-1914.  The Moore family lived in the old Rathbun home located where the Zinita Graf dorm now stands (Richards family when demolished for the dorm).  Survivors are his wife Herminone, dau's Ethel and Agnes, Mr.s E.R. Hurd of Milford.IN.  A son Milton died 1920.
...1956Dec13, Fayette.IA paper:  Graf House Flashes; It is beginning to look a lot like Xmas at the cozy little house on the corner of Main.St, a block west of Campus.  The coeds are thinking about caroling, decorating the tree, presents, goodies, cards.   The girls are still busily at work with their studies.


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