YUBA COUNTY  Biographies





Just a half-century ago Alonzo Graffis first came to California and settled on a ranch ten miles south of Yuba City; and most of his active career has been spent in this locality.  He was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, September 13, 1849, a son of Abraham and Anna (Welty) Graffis, both natives of the Buckeye State.  Alonzo Graffis is the eldest of a family of eight children, the others being John, deceased; Emma, Mrs. Grove, deceased; Sarah, residing in Ohio; Mary, deceased; Ira, of Washington; Cyrus, of Yuba City; and Clement H., in Ohio.  Abraham Graffis was a farmer by occupation and lived to be eighty-one years old; his wife passed away at the age of forty-six years.

Alonzo Graffis was educated in the public schools of Fairfield County, Ohio, and after the age of twenty-one years ran the home place of 160 acres for four years.  In 1874 he came to California and stayed one year, after which he took a trip to Oregon; but the following year he was back in California, and found work on a ranch in the vicinity of Tudor, Sutter County.  Then he returned to his home in Ohio and spent three and a half years there.  Again returning to Sutter County, California, he leased land in the Ashford tract, on which he raised grain; and later he purchased 160 acres of this tract, ten acres of which has been developed to an orchard and vineyard.  He leases 600 acres for grain-raising, and also raises stock.  Mr. Graffis is Past Master of Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F. & A.M., Yuba City, and a member of Washington Chapter No. 13, R.A.M., of Marysville, and Marysville Commandery No. 7, K.T.; and he has served as Inspector of the twelfth Masonic district.  He is a Past Patron of Fidelia Chapter No. 56, O.E.S., Yuba City.  For the past twelve years he has been levee director of Levee District No. 1.


History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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