Merchant, Grain Valley, was born December 20, 1852, in Howard County, Missouri, was reared on a farm, and attended the common schools. In 1869-’70 he attended the State University at Columbia, Boone County, and in 1871 came to Kansas City, where he was employed as clerk in a bank. In the fall of 1874 he commenced the grocery business, and two years later traded this for a farm in Johnson County, Kansas, where he resided two years. Then commenced business at this place; is engaged in the lumber business and is express agent. His father, E. P. Graves was one of the leading citizens of this County. April 4, 1872, he was married to Miss Ida Porter, a native of Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. They have four children: Porter, Lou, E. P. and Ella.
Source: [Anonymous], The History of Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City: Union Historical Co., 1881), pp. 916-917.