Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fred & Jean Graef..May 1947

Fred & Jean Graef..May 1947 at St. Wencelaus Church for confirmation of their childred.. Beverly, Bette, Robert Graef
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Remembering Virgil Bixby on D-Day June 6

From: Robert Graef
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2009 10:57 AM
Subject: Remembering Virgil Bixby on D-Day June 6
Remembering those We Love

Virgil Henry Bixby died in the invasion of Normandy

Phyllis and Virgil Bixby married days before

Virgil left for combat in France

This is their wedding photo

The US Army remembers June 6, 1944:
D-Day in Normandy, France. Video, audio, photos, posters, and maps tell the story.
Virgil Died in the assault on Normandy WW 2

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Easter

Subject: Re: Happy Easter
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7:23 AM
Hi Bob,
I'm in Seoul Korea this week.   I'm here for work, trying to get some business.   Busy, crowded, productive, friendly, social -- that's how I describe this city.   Nice to visit, but I miss seeing parks or trees.   It's amazing how Seoul grew so much in the last 50 years.  This place was leveled after the Korean war, and it grew from ~600,000 during the war to over 10 million today.   
Take care. 
From: Bob Family
To: Michael Eberhardt 
Cc: Andrea Eberhardt
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2009 5:20:01 PM
Subject: Re: Happy Easter

Beyond the Easter Eggs
Mike & Family
Thanks for Easter Videos... 
I attended  Easter Sunrise Services in Montrose, Iowa April 12, 2009.. Truely a memorable experience for Bob  who enjoyed the forgiveness and rebirth themes of service..  Speaker told  A tale of forgiveness by her Mom who's daughter ( speaker's  sister ) was killed in an accident and then the party who caused the accident was revisted years later by speaker  to see if they had forgiven themselves. They had not...

--- On Sat, 4/11/09, Michael Eberhardt   wrote:
From: Michael Eberhardt 
Subject: Happy Easter
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009, 10:36 PM



Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween stickers from Lia Burris

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Halloween stickers from Lia Burris
You are a gem..
Thanks so much for the Halloween e-mail and sticker/seals..
Hand writing "Loretta Graef" on envelope was like my Dad's and pretty much like mine is today ! amazing ..

Lia , Thanks , for finding and sending this.. Best wishes to you and your family, Halloween Oct 2008
From the laptop of your cousin Bob Graef


----- Original Message ----- From: Tyrone & Lia Burris To: Robert Graef

Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:46 AM
Subject: stickers from Lia
I guess it really is not a tradition but just a natural thing that Aunts give nieces stickers. Or the way they use to call them they are seals. Then they get passed down sometimes.
I thought you might get a Kick out of this set I found this morning and saw the name on the envelope. I scanned it in for you.
Sometimes this information is interesting because you find that the same stuff you like can be almost a family trait to like simmilar things. I find I like these so much that I also have a hard time thinking of using them and wish to save them too.
Sincerely, Lia

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Emma - Jacob Graef Family Picture

Albert, Alfred, Jacob

Clara, Gertrude, Emma Graef
This is an awesome picture..
That man is definitely a Graef,, the chin, eyes, ears all match the family profile
So he has to be Jacob Graef and the woman must be Emma Skrable (his first wife)
The baby is Gertrude Graef .. then the girl center back might be Clara Graef born Nov 8, 1889..
Emma and Jacob have two other daughters Margaret and Pauline and two sons.. Alfred and Albert (boy in picture)
Clara went with her father Jacob (when he separated from Emma) to Oklahoma around 1910
Clara was probably the oldest of the Graef girls and 21 when she went to Oklahoma with her father Jacob..
Clara marries Peter.. ( Jacobs brother) they have two boys Edward Graef (born 1910) and my father Fred (born 1911) were both born in Oklahoma
Jacob marries a Lillie C Burns in 1910 they have a son George Frederick born Sep 23 1911
Jacob Graef returns to Iowa with new wife Lilie and has another son Nicholas Syvester born Dec 6 1913 in Iowa City
Lillie separates from Jacob and and returns with boys (George and Nick) to Oklahoma about 1914
Jacob Graef's life story is a complicated one and the details of his later life is still a mystery.. but he might have remarried again in Polk County, Iowa to a lady named Minnie
if anyone has more information about Jacob Graef's life .. pictures or final resting place.. please send to us
Thanks to Lia Burris whose Grandmother is Gertrude Graef for this very helpful photo...
Thanks to Pat Graef and Brenda Ridgeway for information about Jacob while he was in Oklahoma

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jacob Graef Information package sent

Bob Family <> wrote:

Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 12:03:52 -0700 (PDT)

Subject: re: package sent
To: Michael Ridgway <>;
Brenda and Pat

Thanks for sending the information
I am spending Easter week with my sister Beverly in Coralville, which is near Iowa City, Iowa... and will not return to Montrose until about April 3 or 4th..
But I am sure the post office in Montrose will hold your package until I return..

I will send you an e-mail then that I have picked up the package
I sincerely appreciate your efforts in gathering this family history
and I want to listen to Darrell's cd's

Hello Bob,
I was letting you know I finally got your package in the mail yesterday. I was waiting on the marriage papers from Pauls Valley. I will just sent that when I get it. Also Mom sent you a couple of Darrells music CD's he sings Southern gospel music in his spare time. Thats his hobby. We are also searching for a picure of Lillie that was married to Jacob. I'll let you know how that turns out.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Thank you for the e-card. Ours went well.
Let me know when you get the info I sent.

Talk to you soon,
Brenda and Pat

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