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Albert and Edna (Woodcock) Graham

Graham Brothers - Jesse, Albert, Riley, and Leander

The years of 1907 and 1908 were crucial in the migration of Albert Graham and his wife, Edna Woodcock Graham with their two little girls, Mary and Carmen, along with his in-laws the Woodcocks, his younger brother, Lee and childhood friend and neighbor, Charlie Blanchard, from their neighborhood near Wyeth, Andrew County, Missouri, for the free government land in Yuma County, Colorado.

In July 1912, Charlie and Mayme Blanchard sold their 160 acres to Lee Graham and moved back to Wyeth, Andrew County, Missouri and lived there for the rest of their life.

In January 1913, Lee Graham married his neighbor’s daughter, Gertrude M. Brelsford, who lived just two miles north, and sold his holdings to his neighbor Samuel Lett. Lee and Gertrude moved to Ogallala, Nebraska and later homesteading in Arthur County, Nebraska, living there for the rest of his life.

Albert and Edna stayed on the homestead in northern Yuma County, constructing a cement house, which was the talk of the country. They lived on the homestead until Edna’s death in 1921. Soon thereafter, Albert lost interest in the homestead and moved in with his daughter, Viola Clawson and later retiring to Yuma, living there for the remainder of his life.


In 1910, Albert and Edna B. Graham are living in Magee Precinct, Yuma County.  Albert is 39, Edna 25.  They have Mary (8). Carmen L. (6), and Viola N. (nine months).

In 1920, the precinct was Weld.  Albert is 50,  Edna 34. Mary is not with them, Carmen is 15, Viola M. is 9, and they have Clarence E. (8) and Shannon E. (9).

Edna died in 1921, and is buried in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery two miles west of their place.

That's about when Carmen married Leslie Monk (who was living with his brother Albert Monk a mile south). 

April 26, 1928 "Word was received here recently of the marriage of Miss Viola Graham to Ben Clawson on Friday, April 13. We wish them much happiness."

In 1930,  Albert Graham is living with daughter Viola and her husband Ben Clawson at Abarr - about ten miles south of Yuma.  Clarence is 18, Eugene 14.

Albert died in 1958, and is buried in Yuma.

July 30, 1964

Clifford, Clarence's son, died February 2011 in Box Butte County, Nebraska.

Two walls were partially standing in December 2010 - just north of the intersection of Roads 54 and R

Albert Josiah Graham Family :  Shannon Eugene, Albert, Clarence A., Viola Clausen, Violet Russell, Vivian Laforse, Mary Dierks

Violet and Vivian were twins, and when Violet was adopted by Frank and Alice Woodward, her name was changed to Elizabeth (Betty) Woodward.

Viola, Clarence, Violet

August 30, 1979





In 1959 Torrance California, Lyle J. (Vivian) LeFors is manager of the Grand Theatre, and they livea t 123 W. 22th Place.

Vivian Lavina (Graham) Lefors
Born: Wed., Jul. 7, 1920
Died: Thu., Nov. 8, 2012 Lovell, Wyoming
"Vivian Lavina Lefors, 92, of Lovell, died Thursday, Nov. 8, at North Big Horn Hospital.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at New Horizons Care Center. Haskell Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. "
SSDI has Lyle J. LeFors dying 20007. One tree has his parents Jess LeFors 1888-1978 buried in Walla Walla, Washington , with Hazel 1903-1942.


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