||Oil painting of Clara Graham
In 1908, began her teaching career in Castlegar. She was the first teacher in this small school. Her teaching career continued in various schools throughout the Kootenays, until at Kingsgate, BC, in 1917 she met and married Percy Graham at Proctor, BC. They began their married life in the town of Cranbrook. It was he who gave Clara Graham the encouragement and confidence to take up writing as her new career. Nearly all of her writing was related to the Kootenays. Her last book, â€œJourney to Yesterdayâ€, is in part her autobiography. In this book she includes a description of life in Cranbrook just after the First World War.