Among the substantial citizens of Elsinore none has been more interested in the general upbuilding or is held in
higher esteem than Mr. Graham, who has been a resident of this section now embraced in Riverside county since 1883.
He is a native of Ireland, having been born in County Armagh on December 1, 1841, a son of Jared and Margaret (Boyd)
Graham, both of whom were born in Scotland. In childhood they went to Ireland, where they met and were married.
In 1847 the family came to the United States and settled in Long Island, N. Y., where the father was engaged as
a landscape gardener for six years, after which he took his family to McHenry county, Ill. There he engaged in
farming for six years, at the end of which time he moved to Anderson county, Kan., and here continued farm pursuits.
The parents finally settled in Pasadena, Cal., where they both passed away at advanced ages.
Alexander Graham received his education in the public schools in Illinois and Kansas and at an early age took up
the trades of cabinet and wagon making. At the breaking out of the Civil war, he gave his services to his country,
in 1861 enlisting in Company A, Second Kansas Cavalry, under Capt. D. J. Crawford. During the three years and seven
months of his service he participated in numerous important engagements and was on the skirmish line almost continuously.
He was honorably discharged at Little Rock, Ark, whereupon he returned to Kansas and took up work where he had
left it upon going to the front. He was married in 1866, in that state, to Miss Crissie Alvey, a native of Kentucky.
Of this union four children were born, two of whom are living. Charles, residing in Elsinore, married Miss Mary
Hamm, and they have six children; Perry C., also a resident of Elsinore and interested in the well drilling business
with his father, married Mrs. Emma Isenhart, and with their two children make their home with Mr. Graham. One son,
James, met an accidental death when nineteen years of age. Mrs. Graham passed away in Elsinore in 1884.
Coming to California for his wife's health, Mr. Graham located in Elsinore and took up well drilling and ever since
that time has followed that calling, doing work in Riverside, Orange, San Diego and surrounding country, and has
met with deserved success. He is a member of J. B. Stevens Post No. 103, G. A. R., and has held various offices
in that organization. In political views he favors the Prohibition party platform and has always lent his aid to
forward the movements put forth by that party. At no time has he ever allowed his name to be put forward for any
office, but he prefers to give his support to those men for local positions whom he considers best suited for the
place. Movements for the building up of Riverside county have always had his hearty support and no man is more
loyal to his adopted home place than Mr. Graham.
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912
Riverside County, CA
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