Biography of Carl A. Graff
North Central Ohio Biographies

Carl Alwis Graff is an active, enterprising and well known citizen of Medina County, and is the proprietor of a general mercantile establishment at Granger. He was born in Granger Township, Medina County, May 21, 1883, the son of Charles E. and Wilhelmina (Henninger) Graff.

Charles E. Graff, who lives retired in Granger Township, is a native of Ohio. He was born in Parma Township, Cuyahoga County, Nov. 4, 1854. In early life he was a carpenter and later engaged in general farming in Granger Township. Mr. Graff was married in 1882 to Miss Wilhelmina Henninger, the daughter of Louis Henninger, of Cuyahoga County. There were four sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Graff: 1. Carl A., the subject of this sketch. 2. Lewis, born March 31, 1886, farmer, lives in Granger Township. He is married and has a son, LeGrand. 3. George, born July 22, 1890, lives at Sharon Center, Ohio, where he is employed in a grain elevator. He is married and has three children, Gloria, Jean, and Lloyd. 4. Julius, twin brother of George. He is a farmer and lives in Granger Township. He is married and has three children, Alice, Floyd, and Wilma.

Carl A. Graff received his education in the public schools of Granger Township and attended Granger High School. For a time he worked on his father's farm and also followed the carpenter trade. Later he was employed as a clerk in a general store at Weymouth, Ohio, and spent three years in the same capacity at Granger. Later he was associated with his father in the building business. In December, 1910, he purchased an interest in the general mercantile business of F. D. Ganyard, the firm later being known as Ganyard & Graff. Since 1915 Mr. Graff has been sole owner of the business.

On May 1, 1907, Mr. Graff was united in marriage with Miss Emma Codding, the daughter of George and Lione Codding, who live retired at Medina. He was the son of Myron Clark Codding, who was born in Granger Township, in 1824, whose father, George Codding, settled in Granger Township in 1821, coming there from Bristol, N. Y. They have a son, Delmar, born Oct. 5, 1912. He is a graduate of Granger High School and attends the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace College. Mrs. Graff is an accomplished pianist and vocalist.

The Graff family holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is trustee and treasurer. He is independent in politics, and has no club or lodge affiliations.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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