(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 3 by James H. Hawley 1920)
F. J. Graber has become the owner of a farm of eighty-seven acres four miles southwest of Wilder, on which he is producing excellent crops and engaging in the manufacture of syrup. His activities have been wisely directed and he is meeting with a substantial measure of success as the years go by, dating his residence in Idaho from 1906. He had previously lived in Minnesota and Iowa but is a native of Switzerland, his birth having occurred in the Land of the Alps on the 3d of January, 1860. His parents were Jacob and Barbara Graber, who came to the United States when their son, F. J., was but eight years of age, establishing their home in Burlington, Iowa, where they still reside, both being now past the age of eighty years.
F. J. Graber remained in Iowa for a decade and then removed to Blue Earth county. Minnesota, where he followed farming for eighteen years. Attracted by the opportunities of the growing northwest, he came to Idaho in 1906 and settled on his present place of eighty-seven acres four miles southwest of Wilder. This he homesteaded. for it was at that time a tract of wild and unbroken land, the only crop produced being the native sagebrush. He and his sons cleared the place and have brought it to a high state of cultivation, the fields now being devoted to the raising of alfalfa, clover and wheat. All of the land is under cultivation save a small strip. In addition to the production of crops Mr. Graber is engaged in the manufacture of syrup from sorghum, a work which he undertook five years ago. He has built a fine little plant for the manufacture of this product and everything about the plant is thoroughly complete and modern. His business has greatly stimulated the growth of sorghum in the district and in 1918 Mr. Graber made three thousand gallons, having a market in Boise for all that he can produce. The syrup is put up under the name of F. J. Graber & Sons.
In 1884 Mr. Graber was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Elizabeth Bowman, a native of Iowa. They have become the parents of seven children who are yet living, while two have passed away. Those living are: Golda May, the wife of George E. Hudson, of Wilder, and the mother of five children; Edgar H.. twenty-nine years of age, associated in business with his father: Edna Sarah, a twin of Edgar and the wife of Ray Winter, by whom she has two children; Glenwood F. twenty-seven years of age, who has recently returned from New York, where he was with the Eighth Division of the Twelfth Infantry Supply Company when the armistice was signed; Elsie Belle, the wife of Charles Schultz and the mother of one child; Harold H.. who is fifteen years of age and is attending school; and Wayne L., aged twelve, also in school. Mr. and Mrs. Graber certainly have a fine and happy family and the young men are splendid types of physical manhood.
Mr. Graber has ever been recognized as a man of diligence and determination and through the utilization of these qualities he has worked his way steadily upward since he started out in the business world on his own account. After farming in Iowa and Minnesota for a number of years he came to the northwest to utilize the opportunities of this rapidly developing section of the country and is now one of the substantial farmers and manufacturers of the Fargo district of Canyon county.