R.M. Graham and Elizabeth Jane Martin
Roland Martin - m1944_gv62006@comcast.net
Obituary - Mrs R.M. Graham

Elizabeth Jane Martin was born near Frankfort Springs, Pa., February 21, 1853, and passed away at the home of her son, W.E. Graham, Shenandoah, Iowa, at 11:30 am July 29, 1934, at the age of 81 years.

In 1861 her parents came with their family to Iowa, which has since been her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.M. Graham, who departed this life March 21, 1932, and her father, mother, two sisters and three brothers.

She was married to R.M. Graham August 3, 1887, in Clarinda, Iowa, and to this union one son was born, William Earl, with whom she made her home for several years.

She is also survived by four step-children, Mrs R.H. Williams of Villisca, Iowa, Fred Graham of Hepburn, Iowa, Mrs Mary Wilson of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and Mrs Anna Blakeman of Clarinda, Iowa.

There are also fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren all who rise up and call her blessed for she has always been kind and thoughtful to all.

She was a faithful member of the United Presbyterian church from girlhood.

Mrs Graham was humble and gracious in spirit and pure in heart earnestly devoted to her Lord.

Her Christian character and consecrated service each day unto her Master and to her family testified to her interest in the best things of life, and it is our conviction that in these has been fulfilled the precious promise, "Be faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life."

Death of R.M. Graham [1932]

R.M. Graham, father of Mrs John Wilson of Mount Ayr, died at the home of Earl Graham in Shenandoah, Iowa, March 21, after an illness of over a years' duration. He had been blind for over four years and always delighted to listen to the radio and have friends drop in, or have the family read to him.

He was born in Illinois December [crossed out and Oct written above it on obituary] [83yr 5 m] 4, 1849, and was married to Sarena Lafferty of Monmouth, Ill. To them were born five children, one dying in infancy.

In 1884, Mrs Graham died, leaving her husband and four small children--Dora, Fred, Mary and Anna, the last a baby of ten days. He was living in Liberty, Neb., at the time and came to Clarinda to make his home with his mother and sister. In 1887 he was married to Elizabeth Jane Martin, of Clarinda. To them was born one child, Earl Graham, where he made his home the last three years and where he died. He is survived by his wife, who is 79 years of age.

written after the above obituary "R.M. Graham, son of James & Mary Graham was born Oct 7, 1849 at Norwood, Ill."
Golden Wedding Anniversary

In days when homes are so easily broken it gives one pleasure to know that there are those who have made the home life a success for half a century.

On Tuesday evening, March 15th, Miss Edna Wilson entertained the men's Sabbath school class of the United Presbyterian church and their wives in honor of her parents, Mr and Mrs J.H. Wilson, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

The evening was spent for the most part in recalling the changes which had taken place in the last fifty years. During the married life of this couple advancement has been made from the hand sickle, the fireplace and the ox team to the harvester, the electric range, the automobile, the radio and the aeroplane. It is a diferent world from fifty years ago.

Congratulations and greetings were received and read during the evening from relatives and friends who enjoyed that happy occasion fifty years ago but who now, because of distance or ill health, were unable to join in the celebration of that event. Not many of those friends of fifty years ago are living today. Fifty years marks the passing of many friendships as well as the passing of many of the old condtions of life.

Various members of the class voiced their appreciation of Mr Wilson and his work as the teacher of the class. He was commended for his thorough study of the lesson. The class' best wishes also had a material side that was in keeping with such an occasion.

The day was made more pleasant for Mr and Mrs Wilson because of the visit of their son and family from Clairnda, who spent the day with their parents, returning home in the late afternoon.

As the evening advanced dainty refreshments were served after which the pastor was handed the Bible from which the 90th Psalm was read and prayer was offered. The guests departed wishing Mr and Mrs Wilson many more happy years and many more years of service in the community and the church.