WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
JOHN & EMMA HAFEN GRAF FAMILY
(early santa clara residents)
BIOGRAPHYJohannes (aka John) Graf was born in Rebstein, St. Gallen, Switzerland on September 15, 1859. He was christened on September 18, 1859.
John Graf and Emma Hafen were married in St. George on February 12, 1885.
Sometime between 1885 and 1890, John & Emma Hafen purchased a home from Frederick Roulett. They raised their family and lived the remainder of their lives there.
John and Emma had ten children. They saw many sorrows, heartaches, and tragedies. John became mentally ill from a mule kick in the head, and wasn't himself for years before he died on December 11, 1916 at the age of 57. He was buried in the Santa Clara Cemetery. Emma lived to see seven of her ten children pass away. One of their sons, Walter, had a hunchback and required much care. Another son, Otto, shot himself accidentally at age 18. Kenneth, when eight years old, was injured by a mule while helping his father and died from blood poisoning. Their little girl, Orpha, got a throat disease and died from choking. The oldest child, Charlotta, died from breast cancer in 1947.
While Emma was still alive, her son Elgin and his wife, Vivian Tobler Graf, lived in the two front rooms of the house until they built their own home down the street in 1939.
Emma suffered greatly from arthritis later in life. As she was a widow for 30 years, she worked hard to care for the needs of her family. Emma loved her children and grandchildren very much and would do anything for them. Emma was a most thoughtful and unselfish mother and mother-in-law, beloved by her family. She passed away at the age of 83 in 1947. The three children who survived her were Tessie Graf Reber, Oliver Graf, and Elgin Graf.
REFERENCESHistory of the Roulett/Graff Home
from Kaili's Restaurant, 2862 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, Utah 84765
Hafens of Utah
History of Charlotte Juliet Roulet Graf
including stories about John Graf and Emma Hafen
Find-A-Grave entry for Johannes "John" Graf
BillionGraves entry for John Graf
Find-A-Grave entry for Emma Hafen Graf
BillionGraves entry for Emma Hafen Graf
FamilyCentral entry for Johannes or John Graf