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Graf and Sons’ Marge Graf sees hard work as the secret to a good life

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6:57 am

The road has been long, but the journey continues.

That is one way of interpreting a speech given by Marge Graf co-founder and owner of Graf and Sons Reloading of Mexico when she spoke over lunch Friday at the Oaks Country Club in Mexico.

Marge Graf speaking at a Mexico Rotary Club
meeting. Next to her is Kate Becker, club president and Audrain County collector

She was there to, as she said earlier, “tell my story,” to the 22 members of the Mexico Rotary Club.

It has been a long time since she was a little girl on a central Illinois dairy farm.

She attributed her success to hard work and her upbringing on that farm. Her parents, children of immigrants from Germany’s Black Forest, survived and raised a family during the Great Depression, she said, by hard work, determination and love for family and friends.

“I born in Central Illinois during the depression… I have lived and survived many adversities, including, outdoor johns, kerosene lamps, pumping water with hand pumps, windmills, farming with horses, neighborhood butchering, threshing, and of course, World War 2.”

She listed specific teachings from her parents that helped her and her five siblings thrive….

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