Harold Herman Graves

ID#  1124, (1905-1961)
2nd great-grandson of Samson Striker
1st cousin 2 times removed of Faye Louise Doyle
Descendants of Samson Striker
     Harold Herman Graves was born on 27 May 1905 in Weston, Umatilla County, Oregon.1 He was the son of Roswell Herbert Graves and Minnie Lois Downs.2,1 He married Esther Mary Wallen on 2 October 1931 in Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon.1 He died on 31 October 1961 in a logging accident in Roseburg, Oregon, at age 56.2,1

A report on Harold's death appeared in The News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon) on 1 Nov 1961, pg 1:
"Logger Killed Near Steamboat
HAROLD HERMAN GRAVES: 56, of Rt 1 Box 820, Roseburg, (Glengary District) was killed in a logging accident about 10 miles up Steamboat Tuesday [10-31]. According to Douglas Cnty Medical Examiner Dr John H Donnelly, Graves was employed by Sunset Logging Co of Roseburg & working on a logging show up Reynolds Creek. The scene was about 2 miles from the Lane County line. A log being dragged in is reported to have caught on a cedar sapling. When it was released, it snapped back, catching Graves by the leg, flipping him into the air. He landed on his head according to the report. Dr Donnelly said examination showed head injuries & hemorhage as the cause of death. The accident occurred at 8 am; Graves was brought to Roseburg by a company vehicle, arriving late in the morning. He was dead on arrival. The body has been removed to Wilson's Chapel of the Roses & funeral services will be announced later."1

Harold's obituary in the The News-Review on 2 November 1961 read:
"HAROLD HERMAN GRAVES: 56, Roseburg died [10-31] as the result of a logging accident. He was born 27 May 1905, in Weston OR, a son of Roswell & Minnie Graves. He moved to the Roseburg area in 1928 & was married to Esther Wallen 2 Oct 1931 in Roseburg. Graves worked all his life as a logger & was employed by the Sunset Logging Co. at the time of his death. He was a member of the Winston Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors besides his wife are 7 children: Fred, Erwin, Lillian Graves; Olive (sp-Bob) Aldred - all Roseburg; Donald - Salem; Alice (sp-Arnold) Markers & Dorothy (sp-Mel) Jackson - both Los Angeles CA, his mother, Mrs Minnie Graves - Sutherlin, a brother, Roswell - Sutherlin, & 2 sisters: Mrs Lois Whalen - Sutherlin, & Mabel (sp-Frank) Hoffpauir - Eureka CA.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at the Roseburg Seventh-day Adventist church. Concluding services & interment will be held at Civil Bend Cem with AP Ritz of the Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Wilsons Chapel of the Roses is in charge of arrangements."1

Harold's obituary in the The North Pacific Union Gleaner on 1 January 1962 read:
"Graves --- Harold Herman Graves was born in Weston, Ore., May 27, 1905, and died as a result of a logging accident near Roseburg, Ore., on Oct. 31, 1961. He had lived in the Roseburg area since 1928, where he was united in marriage with Esther Wallen in 1931. Brother Graves was a member of the Weston, Ore., church, where for several years he had taught a Sabbath school class and helped faithfully with the missionary work of the church. Survivors besides his wife are three sons: Fred and Erwin, both of Roseburg, and Donald of Salem; four daughters: Mrs. Robert Aldred and Lillian, both of Roseburg, Mrs. Arnold Markers [sic] and Mrs. Mel Jackson, both of Los angeles, Calif; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Graves of Sutherlin; one brother, Roswell, of Sutherlin; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Whalen of Sutherlin, and Mrs. Frank Hauffpauir of Eugene, and six grandchildren. Interment was at the Civil Bend Cemetery at Winston. Elder A. P. Ritz, district pastor, was in charge of the funeral service, with Elder Ashley G. Emmer assisting."3

He was buried in Civil Bend Cemetery, Winston, Douglas County, OregonG.1

"Harold made his living as a lumberman. He improved his education by taking many correspondence courses, and had many different interests. He owned property about five miles south of Roseburg, Oregon near a place called Kelly's Corners; when Interstate 5 was built, its route took out the back part of his land. He built his own home, and he built or helped build a house in Sutherlin where his mother lived for many years. He was adept at making toys for children out of wood, including doll houses and even wagons.

"Harold made many, many friends. His funeral was attended by hundreds and hundreds of people who had come to know and respect him; they completely filled the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Roseburg."4
Last Edited=5 Aug 2019


  1. [S2009] Various Contributors, Harold Herman Graves, Find A Grave Memorial # 49520770, Database and images (www.findagrave.com).
  2. [S44] Minnie Graves is Centenarian, Redding Recorder, Redding, California, 31 Jul 1978.
  3. [S940] North Pacific Union Gleaner, 1962, Vol 54 No 1 p 13, on website Seventh Day Adventist Archives, online (https://www.adventistarchives.org/DocArchives.asp).
  4. [S45] Barbara Hill, "Rev Graves Family," e-mail message from e-mail address (Berkeley, California) to Faye West, 9 Mar 2002.