Graba, Jerome Clifford "Jerry"
House 1983-84 (District 12A)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Country School 21-1 (Orton Township); Elementary School;
Sebeka High School; Secondary; 1945
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
United States Air Force (Korean Conflict);
1950 to ?
Anna J. Haaland (married September 30, 1961)
Three children: Ross and Roger (sons) and Lisa (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Joseph P. Graba
Clifford C. Graba
"After high school, he worked in the fields of North Dakota during the summers and helped his dad and brother log during the winter months. In 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force and served as a radio operator on military aircraft during the Korean War. Shortly after returning from the service, he started dairy farming on the home farm northeast of Nimrod. As he did throughout his life, he logged during the winters and always enjoyed being in the woods. He married Anna Haaland on Sept. 30, 1960, and both of them took over the family farm. He was a member of and involved in many organizations. He was active in Farmers Union, National Farmers Organization; served on county and state Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services committees for several years, served on the school board and was a state representative in the Minnesota Legislature. He served for many years as a director and member of the Central Minnesota Small Woodlot Owners Association and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sebeka and the American Legion. In 1986, the Grabas sold the dairy cows, and Mr Graba worked as a field representative for the Minnesota Farmers Union for several years." (Obituary, Wadena Pioneer Journal, December 15, 2004)
His funeral was held at the United Methodist Church in Sebeka, Minnesota. He was buried in Nimrod Cemetery in Nimrod, Minnesota. Religion provided by his obituary.
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena
Occupation: Dairy farmer
Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
Transportation: Highway and Motor Vehicle
Articles & Books About
"Jerome Clifford 'Jerry" Graba." Wadena Pioneer Journal, December 15, 2004.
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