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William A. Graham

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 853

     cashier of the Citizens National Bank at Sidney, O., has been in the banking business for thirty-eight years and is well known in this section of Ohio in the financial field. He was born at Sidney, O., November 14, 1852, and is a son of Thomas B. and Jane E. (Gimm) Graham.
     The Graham family originated in Scotland and was founded in the United States by the great-grandfather, who settled in Pennsylvania, where the grandfather, James A. Graham, was born. He moved to Kentucky at an early day and from there moved with his family to Shelby county, O., in 1822. His six sons, Robert, William, John, Thomas B., James and Samuel, all lived to the age of eighty years except-Robert, and his three daughters, Eliza, Mary and Sarah, also survived into old age, the youngest becoming the wife of Dr. John Stephens.
     Thomas B. Graham was born at Marysville, Ky., December 8, 1810, and was twelve years old when his parents moved to Shelby county. He followed the carpenter trade up to the age of fifty years, but engaged in farming from 1861 until he retired, his death occurring at Sidney, O., February 8, 1895, his age being eighty-four years and two months. He married Jane E. Gimm, who was born in County Donegal, Ireland, May 10, 1825, and in 1835 accompanied her parents to the United States and resided in the, western part of Shelby county until her marriage. Her father, William Gimm, died in Shelby county and her mother died at Piqua, O. William Gimm was thrice married, the children born to his first union being: Robert, Andrew. William, George. Jane E. and Eliza G., the last named still surviving and residing at Perryburg, O. The five children of the second marriage all survive, namely: John, James, Johnston, Mary and Francis. The mother of William A. Graham died April 12, 1908. To Thomas B. Graham and wife the following children were born: Samuel A., who is deceased; William A.: Alexander. who for a number of years has been a fruit grower at Ashland, Ore., was formerly in business at Sidney, O.; John C., who died at Denver, Colo., of tuberculosis, December 25, 1907, was a graduate of the normal school at Lebanon, O., and of Starling Medical College and spent several years abroad in medical study; George T., who was accidentally drowned June 3, 1876, in the Miami river, when aged ten years; Emma J., who has been librarian of The public library at Sidney for the past fourteen years; and Anna M., who died January 1, 1876.
     William A. Graham completed his education in the high-school at Sidney and for three years afterward taught school during the winters and assisted his father on the farm during the summers. His first industrial experience away from home was a short season in the Watt Bros. warehouse at Sidney, but on June 9, 1874, he entered into. the business in which he has continued and for which he certainly has been well adapted. On the above date he entered the First National Bank of Sidney, where he remained until December 15, 1875, when he became assistant cashier of the German-American Bank, where he continued until January 15, 1881. In this year he became cashier of the Citizens, then a private bank, which received its charter as a national bank on September 1, 1905. Since January, 1881, Mr. Graham has occupied this position, covering a period of thirty-one years, and all who do business with this old institution esteem him highly and have the greatest confidence in his conservative performance of duty. In 1899 he served as president of the Ohio Bankers' Association, prior to which he had been vice president, and he prepared the article on banking, giving a complete history of banking in Ohio, which is held by the association as an authentic and complete exposition of the business in this state. Mr. Graham owns a farm but his entire time is taken up with his financial duties, in a business way, and possibly for the same reason, he has never accepted any political office, although a public-spirited and interested citizen at all times and a staunch republican.
     Mr. Graham was married September 16, 1880, to Miss Ada E. Wyman, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of Hon. Nathan R. and Mary (Hale) Wyman. The father of Mrs. Graham was captain of a company that served with the Ninety-ninth Ohio Vol. Inf. during the Civil war and later was probate judge in Shelby county. He was born in Vermont and died at Sidney, O., in 1886. To Mr. and Mrs. Graham the following children have been born: Ralph, who graduated from Miami University in the class of 1904, is employed in the office of the vice president of the United Railway Company, Portland, Ore., married Eva Rose of that city and they have one son, William G.; Anna E., who married Albert G. Horn, a prominent citizen of Lorain, O., and they have two children, Elizabeth and William Graham; and Robert M.. who is a member of the class of 1913, Miami University, at Oxford, O. Mr. Graham and family belong to the Presbyterian church, in which he is an elder. He is identified with the Masonic fraternity and belongs to blue lodge, council, chapter and commandery, all at Sidney. He is a trustee of the public library and a director of the Sidney Commercial Club.

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