203 1st Ave NE, Waverly, IA 50677

Corporal Joseph Frederick Grawe

Corporal Joseph Frederick Grawe was born on July 6, 1862 in Westphalia, Germany and died February 24, 1933 in Waverly, IA.

Joseph Frederick Grawe entered the Infantry on October 13, 1862, in Freeport, IL, served during the Civil War era and reached the rank of Corporal before being discharged on June 23, 1865 in Louisville, KY.

Joseph Frederick Grawe is buried at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at

  • Wounded in Action: Yes

Armed Forces Grave Registration

Wounded at Missionary Ridge in the thigh at Alatoona Oct. 5, 1864 Endl Aug. 9, 1862
Came to the United States in 1848 to Stephenson Co. ill. It was here he enlisted at the age of 19 in Ci. G. 93 Ill. Inf. in 1862. He often has spoken of his interest in hearling the Douglas Lincoln debates and knowing Abraham Lincoln personally. He was twice wounded in battle and these infirmaties he carried to his death. Attaining but a brief schooling he set to work to gain an education for himself by reading the study at home. He became to teacher and later County Sutp. of Schols of Chicasaw Co. Ia. where he had come to make his home early in 1865. June 3, 1873 he was married to Blanch Waite of Nashua and to them were born 10 children. After five years as Co. Supt. of schools [he] brought the Nashua Post the weekly paper of his home town which he published until 1890 when he sold out out and bought the Bremer Co. Independent Republi[ca]n at Waverly Ia. about 1915. He bought out the Waverly Democrat and the papser were merged into a semi-weekly which with the help of his two sons and daughter he has edited his papers and continued in the harness until the day of his death. In 1931 Mr Grawe was honored by the Newspaper fraternity as the Dean of Editors of Iowa. The frail body is the last lad down but his memory will last long in the community of which he was a part. The gest monument that can be raised to the man are the good comments that have been said of Joseph Grawe quiet unassuming hardworking man that he was. To hii may we say ‘Comrade, Hail and Farewell’.