Welcome to the Graham Historical House
The Graham Historical House, located at 117 N. Dixie Highway, is a special attraction to residents and visitors who appreciate the preservation of our community's past.
Check out the Renovations page for photographs of all of the amazing work that has been done to the house over the past year and a half.
Grand Re-Opening Was a Huge Success!
What a wonderful day it was at the Graham Historic House and Museum Grand Reopening. So many people stopped in, and so many touching comments about the house. Thank you, Kevin McNulty and Marcia Tedford. It was an honor to have you both at the house today promoting your new book “Finding Pat O’Brien”. I would also like to thank Zack Nunamaker and Sherrie Spencer for helping out at the house today and everyone that visited the house. Over 200 people toured the house over the course of the day.
Photo of the Week
Each week we will spotlight one photograph that has been made available to us. Some photos are copies from personal family albums and out of respect for the families that have allowed the house to share these photos, we ask that you do not download any photos without permission. Please Email if you would like a copy so that we may ask permission of the owner.
Leon Joel Tiffany (1863 – 1931)
Leon Joel Tiffany, son of Joel and Margaret (Mason) Tiffany was born on August 28, 1863 in Albany, New York. In July of 1870, the Tiffany family relocated from Albany, New York to Downers Grove, Illinois. By 1880 the Tiffany family had made Hinsdale, Illinois their home.
Leon Tiffany came to Momence, Illinois with his brother-in-law James Van Inwagen in 1884. James Van Inwagen established the Tiffany Pressed Brick Company in 1884 and Leon was a director for the company. The Tiffany Pressed Brick Company was later known as the Tiffany Enameled Brick Company.
Leon married Nellie Graham (daughter of William and Josephine Graham) in 1889. Leon and Nellie had one daughter, Josephine Tiffany Marcotte.
Notice the small bicycle brooch pin Leon is wearing in this photo. Leon must have had a passion for bicycling. In the book “Memories of Momence” by Elizabeth Morrison, it states that in 1891, Leon Tiffany had a bicycle with a small chair and extra wheel on the side, made especially so that he could take his small daughter, Josephine for rides.
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Marcotte