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- Graves Family Collection
The Graves Family Collection includes portraits of several members of the Willard Graves family. Willard Graves earned his fortune in South America before returning to life in Mendota, Illinois. In 1867 Graves purchased over 15,000 acres of land in Nebraska as a land speculator. Graves donated a large sum of money for the purpose of establishing the Mendota Public Library in 1873.
Members of the Graves Family featured in this collection include Willard Graves; his wife, Emeline; daughter, Jerusha; and grandchildren Ada Mills Graham, Allie Graham, and Willard P. Graham.
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