At age 17, Max McGraw founded the McGraw Electric Co. in Sioux City, Iowa. From this modest beginning, Max McGraw created two of this country’s largest and most successful corporations, McGraw-Edison Co. and Centel Corp. An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, McGraw in 1937 began to acquire property along the Fox River, 40 miles from Chicago. Ultimately, he accumulated more than 1,000 acres, which he developed into prime fish and wildlife habitat.
In 1962, he established the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, and before his death in 1964 transferred to the foundation the property, facilities and funds.
The Foundation lives on today as one of the premier research facilities for fish and wildlife management, as well as for conservation education. Its mission: “Secure the future of hunting, fishing and land management through programs of science, education, demonstration and communication.”
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