John Braam, Jr., is a worthy representative of an old pioneer family of Marion county that was established here
two thirds of a century ago. He has always resided within its borders and during the past four years has conducted
a general store at Durham. His birth occurred on the 8th of September, 1879, near Pella, his parents being John
and Jane (Verros) Bream, both of whom were natives of Holland. They emigrated to the United States in 1847 and
made their way direct to Marion county, Iowa, settling on a farm. The mother has passed away, but the father survives
residing at Pella, and is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which he has made his home
for the past sixty seven years and the improvement and development of which he has witnessed and aided. His three
children are all yet living.
John Braam, Jr., acquired his education in the common schools and owing to the death of the mother when he was
but thirteen days old, he was reared in the home of his maternal grandparents until he had reached the age of thirty
years. In 1910 he started out upon an independent business career as a merchant, becoming proprietor of a general
store at Durham which he has conducted continuously and successfully to the present time An extensive and well
merited patronage is accorded him, for he carries a large and carefully selected line of goods at reasonable prices
and is absolutely reliable and trustworthy in all of his business dealings.
In 1912 Mr. Braam was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Hughes, a native of Marion county, Iowa, and a daughter
of John and Matilda Hughes, both natives of Pennsylvania, who now reside in Union county, Iowa: The wife of our
subject is one of a family of four children, all of whom survive. Mr. Braam is a democrat in his political views,
having supported the men and measures of that party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. Both he
and his wife have spent their entire lives in Marion county and enjoy an extensive and favorable acquaintance here.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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