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Barney Graff
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1961

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(born Oct-11-1913, died Oct-15-2013, 100 years old) United States of America

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R S Parker vs B Graff  1-0161961Idaho State ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense

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  GrahamClayton: Elmer "Barney" Graff
Oct. 11, 1913-Oct. 15, 2013

"Barney reached the goal of seeing his hundredth birthday and then passed on four days later at his home. Elmer Martin Graff, best known as Barney, was born in Kiowa, Colorado, on October 11, 1913, to Michael and Barbara Graff. He was raised on farms in the Kiowa and Bennett, Colorado areas with his seven siblings, moving with his family to Murtaugh in 1928. Barney remembered his first job at the age of three, hoeing beets alongside his older brother George. Following teams of horses through the fields for many years, he was also known to say how much he had grown to dislike working with them. As horses were replaced with tractors and then computerization came into being, he watched an amazing transformation of farming during his hundred years. On September 21, 1942, he married his wife of 52 years, Esther Smith of Hansen. Together they raised nine children on the family farm, growing crops and cattle. Barney served on the Murtaugh Highway District board for a number of years. In the 1950s and 60s he was also responsible for establishing Boy Scouts in Murtaugh and served as Scout Master. He assisted in the building of the Murtaugh Grange and was an active member through the 1950s and 60s. He co-owned a mechanic business with Denny Petersen in the 1960s repairing cars and tractors. Barney was well known as an avid chess player. He began playing in the 1950s and competed in tournaments on the regional and state level far into his 90s. He and Esther also earned the Booster award for their support of Murtaugh High School sports while attending their childrens' many events."

Dec-11-14  Abdel Irada: Wonder if anyone called him Bar Graff.

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