Biography of Ferdinand Kramer
Winona County, MN Biographies

FERDINAND KRAMER, farmer, the subject of this sketch, was one of the pioneers of this township, having come here in the spring of 1857, and has ever since made his home here. He was born in Baden on St. Valentine's day, 1832. On removing with his father to the United States, he assisted him in the tillage of his farm and also labored in sawmills and on neighboring farms. He was married in August, 1859, to Catharina Kopp; she was born in Prussia in 1832, and died at Elba April 1, 1875, leaving five children, namely: Mary, born March 4, 1860. married Gottlieb Lobitzka and now lives in Wisconsin ; Charles, born November 16. 1865; Louisa, born August 7, 1868; Rosa A., born December 21, 1875, twin sister of Clara, who died when nine months old. On arriving .in town Mr. Kramer bought a half interest in 120 acres on Secs. 11 and 14. After visiting the east in 1859, he sold this property and purchased 120 acres on Sec. 17, on which he resided for the next seven years. By various purchases he has acquired 1,500 acres of land, of which one section is in Steele, Dakota. and the balance in this vicinity. In 1867 he built his present large dwelling on Sec. 18 and has lived therein ever since. His large barns are a comfort to the eye of a tidy farmer, and his broad acres of prairie furnish a pleasant view for all who may pass that way. Mr. Kramer was the chief instrument in securing the building of a Roman Catholic church at Elba, and is still one of the pillars of that organization. In politics he is an independent democrat; was a member of the town board in 1866, 1874 and 1875, being elected chairman in the latter year; was clerk of his school district for twelve years. On the 25th of July, 1875, he was married to Louisa Marnoch, who was born in Luxemburg, May 22, 1842.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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