Born March 4, 1904 [four years after my grandfather], in what was then North Grove, Michigan, (between Mayville and Caro), Roland Graubner grew up on the family farm. His father, William, died when Roland was 6 years old, leaving his mother, Nettie Johnson Graubner, brothers Franklin and Willford, and sisters Carrie and LaBelle, to run the farm. "There was a big family to support," Mr. Graubner stated. "When we got through high school we had to move out. I went to Detroit.
He married in 1933 and "In 1958 the Graubners moved from Detroit to the orchard at 65885 Van Dyke after the death of Mr. Graubner's aunt, Florence Brice, who, with her husband Gideon, owned the orchard. Mr. Graubner purchased the property from the estate and moved his family quickly because, "The cherries were ripe and the peaches were just beginning to come in. At home in the thumb my grandfather set out an orchard--cherries, and a few grapes. Anyway, I was always a frustrated farmer."
--from Graubner Library dedication pamphlet
|Orchard sign preserved in library hallway|
Outside I made sure that both Amy and I had pictures next to the sign.