JOHN H. GRAVES
John H. Graves, who is now acceptably filling the position of auditor and recorder of Glenn County for the third term, is an esteemed resident of Willow and belongs to the class of representative self-made men whose sterling worth and determined purpose, have led to their advancement in life. He was born in Macon County, Missouri, January 21, 1868, and is a son of Anderson R. and Mary (Pierce) Graves, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Missouri. The father died in Macon County, Missouri, May 7, 1884, at the age of fifty-four years, and his wife passed away at that place April 17, 1870, when only twenty-six years of age, leaving three children, all of whom are yet living.
John H. Graves was reared upon the home farm until after the death of his parents. He obtained his education in the district schools and in a business college, being graduated in the Stockton Business College in the class of 1891. During his youth he worked as a farm hand and his early life was one of arduous toil. He was a young man of eighteen years when, in 1887, he came to California, locating in Glenn County, where he has since made his home. It was after this that he pursued his commercial course, feeling the need of more advanced educational facilities in order to be well prepared for the practical and responsible duties of life. He devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits until his fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, elected him to the office of county recorder and auditor, being the second auditor of Glenn County. Twice has he been re-elected to the position, so that he is now filling his third term, his long continued service being an unmistakable proof of his fidelity to duty and the ability which he manifests in discharging the tasks that devolve upon him. He has always been Republican in his political affiliations, his first vote being cast for General Benjamin Harrison.
Mr. Graves was married on the 2nd of July, 1898, to Miss Ella Brockman, a native of California and a most estimable lady who has the high regard of many friends and who is numbered among the valued members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Graves is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and both he and his wife enjoy the hospitality of many of the best homes in this section. Mr. Graves is a man of strong force of character and has already left the impress of his individuality upon the public policy of this new county of Glenn. His characteristics are those of the valued American citizen, and undoubtedly still greater honors await him in the future.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.