Biography of Rudolf Klostermann
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

RUDOLF KLOSTERMANN, one of the representative men and substantial farmers of Franklin township, owning and operating a valuable farm of 120 acres in section 28, was born September 28, 1848 at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a son of Henry and Mary (Hullman) Klostermann.

Henry Klostermann came to America froth Germany in young manhood, but subsequently returned to Germany and there married Mary Hullman, and with her came backs across the Atlantic. They located at Cincinnati, Ohio, and there eight children were born, namely: Mary, who died in childhood; John, who died at the age of 19; Joseph, who married Mary Ann Cramer and is now deceased; Rudolf, of this sketch; Henry, who married (first) Mary Mary Mestemaker and (seconds) Catherine Backs, and lives in Franklin township; Frances, who died in childhood; George, who married Mary A. Schwietermann and lives in Franklin township; a babe that died in infancy.

Rudolf Klostermann was reared to the age of 17 years at Cincinnati, and then, in 1865, accompanied his parents to Mercer County. He had received a good, common school education and after his father and mother settled here he took up farming and has continued this calling ever since. His mother bought 175 acres of land in Mercer County and later 160 acres and at the death of his parents he received 8o acres of the 60 acre tract, and his brother Henry the other 8o acres. The remainder of the 120 acres he owns he purchased from various parties. He carries on general farming and raises considerable live stock, paying particular attention to his swine. He is considered a first class agriculturist. His home is fitted up in a more modern way than are many rural residences, being lighted by gas piped from a gas well in the neighborhood, of which he is a one fifth owner.

Mr. Klostermann was married to Mary Niekamp, a daughter of Frederick Niekamp, who was born in Germany and came to America in young manhood. At Dayton, Ohio, he married Catherine Newhouse, who left four children at death, viz.: John, Joseph, Clement and Mary, the wife of Mr. Klostermann. Later Mr. Niekamp married Catherine Stammen, and to that union were born 10 children, of whom five are now living, namely: Henry; Gerhard, Peter, Frank and Philomena. Frederick Niekamp and his second wife both died in 1894,

The children born, to Mr. and Mrs. Klostermann were: Samuel and Catherine, both of whom died young; Anna, who married John Kroeger and at her death left one daughter Minnie, who has since lived with her grandfather, our subject; Henry, living in Franklin township, who married Anna Welker, and has two children - Lawrence and Leonard; Edward, who went West, married and lives in Colorado; and William, Lewis, Mary and Allen, who live at home.

Mr. Klostermann is superintendent of the Bennett turnpike, which passes by his farm, and he has also served as township supervisor.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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