15 March 1928
Walter S. Graham, 30, a native of Thackery and son of A. B. Graham, former Miami county teacher, died at 2 am Tuesday at the National Homeopathic hospital, Washington, D C, according to word received by Miami county friends of the family. The young man, who was engaged in the world with the federal department of agriculture, became seriously ill in Chicago on January 17 with acute appendicitis. Following an operation he recovered sufficiently to be moved from Chicago to Washington, where he suffered a relapse four days after his arrival. On February 22 he was again operated on this time for an abscess on the liver. After two weeks of attendance by some of the best medical men and surgeons his struggle proved futile, and death followed. Funeral services were held at Calvary Methodist Episcopal church in Washington, of which he was a member, at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, March 15, with burial following at Glenwood cemetery. The Masonic Lodge of Hyattsville, MD, also participated in the services. Walter Graham was born at Thackery, Champaign county, Ohio, April 5, 1898, and was educated in the public schools of Columbus, Ohio; Amityville, Long Island, N Y, and Central high school, Washington, D C. He was graduated from the college of science of the University of Maryland in 1923. For four years he was employed in the office of horticultural investigations, bureau of plant industry, US department of agricultural, to investigate various fruit and vegetable refrigeration processes for the transportation of such commodities from Porto Rico, California, Washington, Oregon, Florida and other southern states. During the greater part of last year he was employed by the bureau of agricultural economics of the department of agriculture in its fruit and vegetable inspection work in Chicago, where it was he became ill. He married Alene Pollock of Washington four years ago and she and their two-year-old son, Walter S. Graham, Jr., survive. There also remain, in addition to his parents, a brother Blair, science teacher in the Highland High School; Columbus; a sister, Helen, who is attending Wittenberg college, Springfield, and Joseph, his younger brother, who is at home.
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