Larry McGraw Completes Course
Pvt. Larry M. McGraw, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alton E. McGraw, 2002 Greenwood Rd., McKinney, completed a nine-week communications center specialist course at the Army Southeastern Signal School, Fort Gordon, Ga., Dec. 3.
McGraw was trained in the use of teletype sets, tape relay operations and in the operation of long distance communications equipment.
He entered the Army in July 1965 and completed basic training at Fort Polk, La.
A 1962 graduate of McKinney High School, McGraw attended the University of Texas.
William J. McGraw
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Chicago, F. A. Battle & Co. 1889
William J. McGraw was born January 2, 1843 in Cabarrus county, North Carolina, a son of Alfred McGraw, a native of the same county, born in 1813. The McGraw family are of Scotch-Irish descent. Alfred McGraw was one of Cabarrus county's best farmers and citizens. He moved to Georgia in 1846, but returned to North Carolina in 1847, when he died in 1875. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church, and a charitable, hospitable man. He was married in 1838 to Esther E., daughter of Frederick Bost, a native of North Carolina, and to them were born ten children--Millie, William J., Mary, Frederick, Laura, Maggie, Martha, Fannie, Johnnie E. and Marshall L., all of whom are living but three.
William J. McGraw began life by farming in Cabarrus county, North Carolina, but moved to Texas in 1882, where he has since engaged in handling stock and farming. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and is a devoted Christian. He married march 18, 1866, Leah A., daughter of Solomon Little, a native of North Carolina. They have had ten children--John M. Hettie, Edward W., Thomas P., Vance G., Oscar W., Esther, Frederick, Lella L. and Mary. He owns 135 acres of land, 100 acres of which are under cultivation..
Mr. McGraw enlisted in the Confederate army in 1861 in Company C. Thirty third North Carolina infantry, Law's brigade, Wilcox's division. A. P. Hill's corps, and served under General Stonewall Jackson, and was with General Jackson when he was killed at Chancellorsville. He participated at Manassas, Fredericksburg, Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, and many other battles of lesser note. He was captured March 23, 18865, at Petersburg and was a prisoner forty-eight days. He served until the surrender. He was wounded May 5, 1863, at the battle of the Wilderness in Virginia, and was also wounded slightly when he was captured at Petersburg, Virginia.