Among the many sturdy, straightforward and reliable citizens whom Germany has given to America is numbered John
Krambeer, now engaged in general farming and stock raising upon a fine tract of land in Post township. He was born
in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, on the 2d of November, 1854, and is a son of John and Dora (Schultz) Krambeer, also natives
of that part of Germany, the former born on the 6th of December, 1831, and the latter on the 2d of June of the
same year. The father owned and operated a small farm in Germany, which he sold in 1866 and came to America, settling
on a farm in Garnavillo township, Clayton county, Iowa, in the same year. Upon this he continued to reside for
a number of years, disposing of it finally in order to buy another tract of land one and a half miles north of
Clayton Center, a property which he continued to develop and improve until his death, which occurred about 1881.
His wife survived him some time, making her home with her son until 1900, when she passed away. To them were born
five children, of whom the subject of this review is the second in the order of birth.
John Krambeer was twelve years of age when he accompanied his parents to America and his education was largely
acquired in the public schools of Garnavillo township, Clayton county, and in the German school of that locality.
From an early age he assisted with the work of the homestead and afterward worked at farm labor in the employ of
others until he was twenty six years of age, when he assumed management of his father's property. After one year,
however, he purchased a farm near Hardin, in Post township, Allamakee county, upon which he continued to reside
for eight years, selling it in order to buy his present farm, which was then known as the old Jamison property.
He resided here until 1903 and then retired from active life, moving into Postville. However, after four years
he returned to his farm and has since continued to make his home upon it. At one time he owned three hundred acres
of fine land, uon which he carried on general farming and stock raising, but he has since disposed of the greater
part of this property, his son buying the portion containing the residence and his son in law purchasing the greater
part of the remainder. Mr. Krambeer is living practically retired, although he has important business interests
in Postville, being a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative Store and the canning factory.
On the 18th of March, 1881, Mr. Krambeer was united in marriage to Miss Ida Harnack, who was born on the 12th of
December, 1862. To them have been born five children: Bertha, whose birth occurred on the 6th of December, 1881,
and who is now the wife of H. C. Meyer, mentioned elsewhere in this work: Matilda, who was born on the 10th of
December; 1882, and married Rudolph Bugenhagen, residing on a portion of the Krambeer homestead; John H., who was
born December 18, 1885, and who is now operating a portion of the home farm; Emma, born July 3, 189o; and Hilma,
born February 3, 1894.
Mr. Krambeer does not affiliate with any particular party, voting independently according to his personal convictions.
He is interested in public affairs, especially in the cause of education, and did able work in its promotion during
his two terms as director of the school board and his three terms as its secretary. He is well and favorably known
in Post township, where he has so long resided, and is now enjoying the reward of many years of active and well
directed labor in the promotion of the agricultural advancement of the county where he makes his home.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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