Miss. Fannie Jane Carrothers and Elizabeth Lowrie Carrothers
ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
J. R. GRAHAM
John Robert Graham, who long numbered among the most substantial
agriculturists and highly respected citizens of Ida county, departed this life on the
26th of January, 1925, at the age of three score years and ten. He was one of
the most extensive landowners in Ida county, having acquired eight hundred
and forty acres of valuable land, and made his home on section 6, Blaine
township, two and one-half miles northeast of Ida Grove.
Mr. Graham was born on the 18th of January, 1855, in County Tyrone, Ulster,
Ireland, and was one of a family of seven children whose parents were
lifelong residents of the Emerald isle. He acquired his education in his native country and was a young man of twenty-three when in 1878 he crossed the Atlantic to the United States and made his way to Cedar county, Iowa. The following year, however, he removed to Ida county, where for some time he herded cattle for the late Ed Benedict. With the exception of three years' residence in California, Mr. Graham spent the remainder of his life in Ida county, Iowa. He first bought eighty acres of land and after cultivating the place for some years he came into possession of the property upon which his widow now resides. As the years passed and his financial resources increased, owing to his indefatigable industry and capable management, he augmented his holdings until at the time of his death he was the owner of eight hundred and forty acres of highly improved land.
The following is an excerpt from a review of his career which appeared in
one of the local papers when he passed away: "Mr. Graham was a man of very
retiring disposition, of unquestioned honesty and integrity, of splendid
industry and thrift and before his death became one of the most extensive and owners in Ida county. He made one trip back to his native land, after having been some years in this country. He joined the Wesleyan church in Ireland and was a class leader. He was a faithful member of the local Methodist church." Mr. Graham was twice married. It was in California, December 25, 1894, that he wedded Miss Fannie Jane Carrothers, who died in that state in 1897, leaving a son, Earl R. Graham, now a farmer of Ida county, Iowa. On the 25th of October, 1900, in Delaware county, Iowa, John R. Graham was again married, his second union being with Elizabeth Lowrie Carrothers. They became the parents of two sons, namely: J. Wesley, who is a graduate of the State University of Iowa at Iowa City; and Leonard L., who is a student in the State University of Iowa. The latter has recently returned from a European tour as one of a party of five.
Mr. Graham gave his political allegiance to the democratic party and made a
creditable record in the position of school director, which he filled for some years. He also manifested an active and helpful interest in the work of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his widow belongs. He was laid to rest in Ida Grove cemetery. Mrs. Graham, the administratrix of her late husband's estate, has gained an extensive circle of friends throughout the community in which she makes her home.
*I wonder if Fannie Jane Carrothers and Elizabeth Lowrie Carrothers were related?