Elliott F. Grabill (1837-1912), a native of Pennsylvania, attended the Preparatory Department and the College from 1857-1861. It was here that he met his wife, Anna Sutton Jenney (1839-1913) and was married in 1865.
Elliott Grabill left Oberlin as a member of Company C, 7th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served two and a half years with the company as a private and corporal. In November, 1863, Grabill was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant and appointed Adjutant of the 5th U.S. Colored Troops. He became a captain, September 24, 1864, and was brevetted a major when discharged in 1865.
Returning to civilian life, Grabill received his A.B. degree in 1865 (Anna Grabill had already completed her degree in Literature in 1862.) and in 1866 purchased the Greenville, Michigan, Independent. Anna Grabill remained with her parents in Greenwich, Ohio, for several years before joining him. He was the editor and publisher of the Independent until 1910. He also held the position of postmaster and alderman in Greenville.