Addie M. Graham

Addie M. Graham (HM21ZC)

Location: Graham, TX 76450 Young County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 6.853', W 98° 35.735'

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Born in Indiana in 1843, Agnes Mary ("Addie") Kinter married Edwin Smith Graham in 1865. Upon hearing of the opportunities for land development in Texas, Graham traveled to Texas many times during the 1870s. In 1872, he and his brother, G.A., founded this town. They gave land for a county courthouse and set aside lots for churches, schools, and cemeteries.

In 1879, E.S. and Addie Graham brought their children to live in the new town. Twelve years later, they moved to Spokane, Washington, where Col. Graham had other business ventures. He died there in 1899.

Addie Graham returned to Graham and continued her husband's philanthropic efforts. She contributed to the building of a city auditorium, endowed a Bible teaching position in the Graham schools, and donated land on which was built a home for the aged poor of the county. In 1907, the city's first water pumping station was built to replace the individual wells and cisterns that had been used since the town's founding. The water remained untreated, however, until 1910, when Addie Graham gave the money for a filtering plant. The facility, built at this site, was in use for 75 years.

Addie Graham died in 1929. Her contributions have had a lasting impact on the town's growth and development.

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

HM NumberHM21ZC
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 537730 N 3664021
Decimal Degrees33.11421667, -98.59558333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 6.853', W 98° 35.735'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 6' 51.18" N, 98° 35' 44.1" W
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Area Code(s)940
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Firemans Park, Graham TX 76450, US
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