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William and Emilie
Oertwig Graf

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William Josef Graf, born March 1850 in Wisconsin, son of John and Louise Graf
- died 30 December 1905, Garfield County, Oklahoma. Obituary
- married 19 July 1877, Dodge County, Wisconsin to
Emilie Wilhelmine Louise Oertwig, daughter of J.F. and Maria Fellwock Oertwig
- born November 1856 in Wisconsin
- died 1 January 1939 Garfield County, Oklahoma. Obituary
Both William and Emilie were buried in Garfield County, Oklahoma

Photo of a hat band bearing the name of W. H. Graf, Good Thunder, Minnesota

This Graf family lived in Burnett Township, Dodge County, Wisconsin, in 1880. In 1900 they were in Lyra Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. With them in Minnesota were William's brother Herman Graf and their father John Graf, both of whom had been in Dodge county, Wisconsin in 1880. Emilie, widowed, and her children were found in census records in Garfield County, Oklahoma in 1910, 1920 and 1930.

Many details of this family came from newspaper clippings supplied by Emily Jordan. Thanks, Emily!
CHILDREN:
  1. Hulda Graf, born about July 1878 in Wisconsin
    - 1930 census, living with brother William, and mother Emilie in Logan Township, Garfield County, Oklahoma
    - died 1950. Never married.

  2. Robert Cristian Graf, born 14 May 1880 in Wisconsin
    - died 8 January 1921, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Described in his WWI Draft Registration as medium height and build, gray eyes, dark brown hair
    - was a farmer in Logan Township, Garfield County, Oklahoma
    - married 30 Jun 1907, at Malcolm, Lancaster County, Nebraska to
    Louise M. Burdorf, born 21 May 1887 in Nebraska, died 6 June 1967, Garfield County, Oklahoma.
    Children:
    • Edna G. Graf, born 11 April 1908 in Oklahoma
      - died 29 September 1997, residing in Red Bud, Illinois
      - married 22 Oct 1930 in Lahoma, Garfield, Oklahoma,to
      Walter A. Lobitz, born 4 April 1904 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, (son of August Lobitz and Katie Geissler)
      - died 17 Mar 1993, residing in Red Bud, Illinois
    • Victor V. Graf, born 01 March 1910 in Oklahoma, died 26 Apr 1997
    • Gerhard Robert Graf, born about 1918 in Oklahoma

  3. Tillie Graf, born 25 January 1882 in Wisconsin, with her parents in Blue Earth County, Minnesota in 1900
    - died 11 May 1967, buried in Garfield County, Oklahoma, Zion Lutheran Cemetery
    - married 07 October 1906, Garfield County, Oklahoma, to
    John Johnson, born 15 January 1885, in Illinois
    - died 19 March 1967, buried in Garfield County, Oklahoma, Zion Lutheran Cemetery
    They adopted a daughter Esther, born about 1903; a baby daughter was born to them, but she died when only 16 months old. According to the 1930 census, they also adopted three more children, William, Vernon and Alice.

  4. William Albert Graf, born 21 June 1884 in Wisconsin, died January 1965
    In his WWI Draft Registration he is described as medium height and build, brown eyes, light hair
    - was a farmer in Logan Township, Garfield County, Oklahoma
    In the 1930 census he was single, head of household with his mother Emilie and sisters Hulda and Josephine.

  5. Frank Charles Graf, born 16 April 1886 in Wisconsin
    His WWI draft registration describes him as medium height and build, grey eyes, dark brown hair
    - was a farmer in Logan Township, Garfield County, Oklahoma
    - died 29 April 1966, having lived in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma
    - married 18 September 1910, Lahoma, Garfield, Oklahoma,
    Lydia Mary Boettcher, born 10 March 1886 in Minnesota, died 8 December 1977
    • Daughter: Adeline A. Graf, born 4 November 1916 in Oklahoma

  6. Martin John Fred Graf, born 11 November 1888 in Burnett, Dodge, Wisconsin.
    In his WWI Draft Registration, he is described as medium height and build, grey eyes, brown hair
    - was a farmer in Logan Township, Garfield County, Oklahoma
    - died 1961, buried in Garfield County, Oklahoma, Zion Lutheran Cemetery
    - married 31 January 1915, to Wanda Krueger, born 25 November 1895 in Minnesota
    - died February 1984
    Daughters:
    • Verna M. Graf, born about 1921 in Oklahoma
    • Alice I. Graf, born about 1924 in Oklahoma

  7. Josephine Graf, born 19 March 1892 in Wisconsin
    - died February 1970 while residing in Lahoma, Garfield County, Oklahoma.
    In the 1930 census, Josephine was single, living with her mother Emilie, brother William and sister Hulda in Garfield County, Oklahoma.
In 1910 there were two foster children living with Emilie.
  • Arthur Graf, born 25 June 1900 in Kansas
    - died 9 June 1959, buried in Garfield County, Oklahoma, Zion Lutheran Cemetery
  • Vera Graf, born about 1902 in Oklahoma
    - married October 1919 to Chris Rathjen, Jr.


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