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George DeGraff

Male 1866 - 1937  (70 years)

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  • Name George DeGraff 
    Born 17 May 1866  South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Mar 1937  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3344  Rossville
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2019 

    Father John Baptiste DeGraff, Jr.,   b. 1832/1833, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1915, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Mary Frances Navarre DeGraff,   b. 5 Sep 1832, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1921  (Age 89 years) 
    Family ID F1638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Kate Bennett DeGraff 
     1. Margaret DeGraff Smits
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 15:56:47 
    Family ID F1642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 May 1866 - South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Obituary- DeGraff, George 1
    Obituary- DeGraff, George 1
    George DeGraff
    George DeGraff died about 3:10 Wednesday morning at his home on Green St. wet of the Creek. His sister, Miss Frances DeGraff, was with him when he died.

    Mr. DeGraff has been in poor physical condition for over a year but able to be about. He was in Topeka Saturday and probably became ill Sunday. He lived alone and was frequently absent for a few days at a time so no concern was felt by his relatives until about the time word come of his serious condition.

    Tuesday he managed to get an outside door open and attracted the attention of F.E. Diehl, high neighbor, and the latter summoned Miss DeGraff and Dr. Miller. He was beyond medical aid and passed away a few hours later.

    George would have been 71 years old May 17 of this year. He came to Kansas from his birthplace at South Bend, Ind., with his parents when a child, 5 months old.

    He spent his early manhood here and conducted a barber shop. After selling to B.D. Dennis he moved to Holton and owned a shop for many years. He married Miss Kate Bennett of Holton, and she and her parents conducted a hotel for years, known as the Bennett House. Two children were born to Mrs. and Mrs. DeGraff, a son, now deceased, and a daughter, Margaret Smits, of Berkeley, Calif. His divorced wife is also located in California.

    About ten years ago George returned to Rossville to spend his last days, occasionally working at his trade. Other surviving relatives are a sister, Miss Frances DeGraff, and two brothers. Joseph and William DeGraff, all of Rossville.

    Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 o'clock at the Verschelden funeral home in St. Marys, and the body interred in the St. Marys cemetery.

    Mrs. Cecil Bourdon, of Topeka, drove to Rossville, Wednesday, called by the death of her cousin, George DeGraff.
    Obituary- DeGraff, George 2
    Obituary- DeGraff, George 2
    The following relatives and friends from Rossville and Topeka, were in St. Marys last Friday afternoon to attend the funeral of George DeGraff: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shenk, Mr. and Mrs. John Shenk, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Navarre, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Navarre, Mr. and Mrs. Ed DeGraff, Will DeGraff, Mrs. Leo DeGraff, Frances DeGraff, Fannie DeGraff, Mrs. Frank Strimple, of Rossville; Mr. and Mrs. George DeGraff, jr., Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bourdon, Mrs. Peter Bourdon, Mrs. Alf Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Streeter of Topeka.

    Mrs. Margaret Smits, daughter of the late George DeGraff arrived in Rossville, Wednesday, from Holton. Walter Wilson of Holton accompanied her to Rossville. She is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Frances DeGraff.

    The family of the late Geo. DeGraff wish to sincerely thank all for assistance and will hold in grateful memory all those offering sympathy, in the time of their sorrow.
    Mrs. Margaret Smits
    Francis DeGraff
    William and Joe DeGraff