Carl Wilhelm Graen

Carl Wilhelm Graen

(Charles A. Green)

17 August 1840-4 April 1912


Carl Graen, a son of Georg and Charlotte (Schlosshauer) Graen, was born in Braekel, Westphalia, Germany. He died in La Harpe, Allen County, Kansas. A small family headstone marks his burial site in the Evergreen Cemetery at Ft. Scott, Kansas.


The first record found for Carl was in the 1860 Census of Toulon, Stark County, Illinois. He

was listed as Charles Green, a painter from Germany. Charles and brother George Green, also a

painter, were roomers at a tavern in the village of Toulon. Charles used the name of Green when he joined the Army and was enumerated on the 1870 Census as Charles Green, wholesale and retail druggist, Ft. Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas.  Charles had studied structural and architectural engineering before leaving Germany. After his time of service in the Union Army, he returned to Germany to visit relatives and spent eighteen months in Africa before returning to America.


Charles was married to Ida L. Lowe on 1 July 1872 in Ft. Scott, Kansas. The 1880 Census

listed Charles Graen, wife Ida L. and children – Percy, age 5 and Hazel, age 2 as residents of Ft. Scott. The family remained in Kansas except for a brief time in 1894 when Charles went to Stotesbury, Missouri. In 1899, Charles, Ida, and son Percy moved to LaHarpe, Allen County, Kansas. Ida L. Graen died on 5 March 1926. She is buried beside Charles in the Evergreen Cemetery at Ft. Scott, Kansas.


Carl Graen may have served as the leader of the 3rd KY Cavalry Regiment Band. This service would have begun sometime in 1862 and as a civilian rather than as enlisted personnel.


Research and Article Written by

Liz Veselack

October 2002

Submitted by Sara Simpson

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