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A. Herbert GRAVES, appointed by President WILSON in January, 1916, to the position of postmaster of Asotin, was born December 2,1871, in Shelbyville, Shelby county, Missouri, a son of Edmond and Sarah (TUTTLE) GRAVES. He acquired a public school education in his native city and continued his studies at Macon, Missouri. On completing his course he took up the drug business, which he followed in Missouri for six years, and then went upone the road as a traveling salesman, representing a wholesale drug house, in which line of business he continued for about two years. he then became connected with the telephone business and on the 5th of April, 1913, he arrived in Asotin, Washington, where he bought out the Asotin Telephone Company, which at that time had but sixty-five patrons. The business is now conducted under the name of the Asotin Telephone Exchange and Mr. GRAVES is the sole owner. He gives service at the present time to three hundred patrons all over Asotin county and the adjoining territory. He has built up the business along substantial lines and he is accorded a gratifying patronage.

On the 14th of September, 1899, Mr. GRAVES was united in marriage to Miss Ida Algena WATSON, a native of New York, and to them have born there three children: June Irene, who is a student in the Asotin high School; Herbert, a student in the eight grade of the public schools; and Edward, now three years of age.

Mr. GRAVES and his wife are communicants of the Episcopal church and he belongs to the Masonic fraternity. His political allegiance is give to the democratic party and in January, 1916, by presidential appointment, he became postmaster of Asotin, in which connection he is now serving, discharging the duties of the office in a prompt and capable manner, energetic and farsighted business man and is meeting with well merited success.

Source: Book: Lymans HISTORY of OLD WALLA WALLA, COLUMBIA, GARFIELD, and Asotin Counties. by. W.D. LYMAN, M.A., Lit.D Illustrated Volume 1 Chicago, The S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1918 page 532